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European Council: work in progress at the Summit, focus on Brexit. Aid to the Balkans and expectations for the Sofia Summit


(Brussels) The European Council resumed in Brussels this morning: leaders are expected to discuss Brexit and the monetary union. Yesterday, the 28 EU leaders finalised the “Conclusions” of the Summit on issues such as the economy and employment, the digital economy, the Salisbury attack and support for the United Kingdom. The heads of state or government condemned Turkey’s actions in the Mediterranean Sea and the Aegean, expressing solidarity with Greece and Cyprus. As for the Western Balkans, the EU Council “looks forward” to the Summit in Sofia on 17 May, which is “expected to focus on reaffirming the European perspective of the region, launching concrete and visible initiatives to improve the physical and human connectivity within the region and with the EU”. The EU calls on the Balkan countries to “better engage together” on challenges “such as security and migration”. The enlargement issue – and the upcoming decisions on relations with the six countries of the region – will be addressed at the Summit in June. As for Brexit, common guidelines are likely to be approved today which will pave the way for a possible Association Agreement after the UK’s divorce, similar to those regulating relations with certain third countries.


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