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European Council: Tusk writes to the 28, a calendar with meetings and agendas until 2019. Summit on “social pillar” in Goteborg

(Brussels) Enclosed with the letter sent last night by the president of the European Council, Donald Tusk, to the 28 EU leaders the day before the summit of October 19th and 20th is the “Leaders’ Agenda”. It is a document – decided in Tallinn in the wake of the informal Bratislava and Rome summits – that lays down the agenda for the leaders’ meetings and the items to deal with and take decisions about. On November 19th, in Goteborg (Sweden), a meeting will address the “social pillar” of the European Union. The key subject of the December European Council will be cooperation in common defence. In February 2018, an additional meeting to decide how to share the 72 seats that will be left vacant by the British MEPs: transnational groups may be formed in support to national ones for the election of the European Parliament in May 2019. The calendar goes on, “step by step”, as Tusk writes, until mid-2019, having dealt with migration, the single market, the reform of the euro-zone, the Balkans. Lastly, on May 9th 2019, a summit in Sibiu, Romania, to revive the EU (one month after London’s departure, set on March 29th 2019) and to call the EU citizens to vote for the new European Parliament.

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