On 11 December, the Council adopted its 18-month programme for the following period: 1 January 2019 - 30 June 2020. The document was prepared by the Trio of future Presidencies (Romania, Finland and Croatia), together with the High Representative of the Council.
From 1 January 2019, Romania has taken over the steering work of the Council for a period of 6-months. At the beginning of the institutional cycle, the Trio will put its focus on the finalisation of the current Strategic Agenda dossiers and will work together on the priorities of the next Strategic Agenda, which is to be adopted in June 2019.
Brexit and Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) are key priorities of the three presidencies. The Trio will aim to ensure the effective and timely handling of work required by the Brexit process and to facilitate the finalisation of Multinational Financial Framework (MFF) negotiations, while putting a special attention to all MFF-related legislative proposals.
The 18-month programme refers inter alia to the following areas:
United Nations – commitment to implement the 2030 Agenda, including the Sustainable Development Goals
Trade with 3rd countries:
Next steps: The next Strategic Agenda of the Council will be adopted at the June 2019 European Council, and will take into account the outcome of the Sibiu summit, which will take place in Romania on 9 May.