European leaders adopt future Strategic Agenda

At the last European Council meeting on 20 June 2019, the EU leaders discussed appointments to the institutions’ top jobs, adopted the new Strategic Agenda and conclusions on EU’s long-term budget.

The Strategic Agenda is intended to guide the work of the European Union for the next institutional cycle, and focuses on four priority areas:  

  1. Protecting citizens and freedoms: notably on migration and asylum policy.
  2. Developing a strong economic base: EU leaders acknowledged the need to ensure that the EU is digitally sovereign, and the EU must work on all aspects of the digital revolution and AI: infrastructure, connectivity, data, regulation and investment. It was also underlined that Member States have to do more to foster innovation and increase research efforts, in particular by addressing the fragmentation of European research, development and innovation, and by encouraging and supporting public and private investments. 
  3. Building a climate neutral, fair and social Europe: the agenda also brings attention to social issues, including good access to healthcare. 
  4. Promote European values on the global stage.

In the European Council Conclusions the European leaders also report the decisions taken regarding the Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027. They notably called on Finland’s Presidency (July-December 2019) to continue the work on the file and to further develop the Negotiating Box - the latest version of the document, which will serve to clarify the options on the negotiating table, can be found here. The European Council will hold a more in-depth exchange of views in October, aiming for an agreement before the end of the year. 

More information about the European Council meeting can be found here

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