The foreign ministers of European Union (EU) member states will gather in Brussels on Monday to attend the first Foreign Affairs Council meeting chaired by newly-appointed EU High Representative Josep Borrell. The Council will start with a discussion on current affairs, allowing ministers to review pressing issues on the international agenda. The Ministers are also expected to address the political developments in Libya, Bolivia and the situation in Iran.
The Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council will meet in Brussels on Monday and Tuesday. Ministers from member states will discuss health issues, employment, social policy and the challenges of the European pharmaceutical system.
The General Affairs Council will meet in Brussels on Tuesday. The council will hold a hearing on Hungary and take stock of the situation as regards the rule of law in Poland. The Ministers will then continue preparations for the European Council on Dec. 12-13, 2019 by discussing draft conclusions. The Council will hold a policy debate on the multiannual financial framework for 2021-2027.
The European Parliament will hold an extraordinary plenary session in Brussels on Wednesday, at which European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans will present The European Green Deal, and the timeline of related legislative proposals to Members of the European Parliament.
EU leaders will meet in Brussels on Thursday and Friday for a European Council meeting, also known as the EU Leaders Summit. This will be the first EU summit chaired by Charles Michel since he was elected European Council President. Leaders will discuss climate change, the long-term EU budget known as the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF), external relations, economic and monetary union and Brexit preparations.