Energy Union, and the ongoing tensions with Russia over Ukraine, dominated EU leaders’ talks in Brussels this week (19-20 March). Follow our live coverage below.
European heads of state and government gathered at the Council building in central Brussels starting from 15.00 pm on Thursday.
Discussions started again on Friday, wrapping up the EU Summit by early afternoon.
The agenda is as follows:
- The Commission’s Energy Union pitch was up for discussion. Final conclusions hint at an upcoming turf war between European and national policy-makers over who sets the terms on members states’s energy mix. Read our coverage here.
- The conflict in Ukraine and the tensions with Russia were another key issue. Leaders will ask Federica Mogherini, the EU’s foreign affairs chief, to draft a plan to counter Russian “disinformation campaigns”.
- EU leaders debated the economic situation in Greece following recent tensions between the Southern European country and EU member states, notably Germany.
- A joint European security mission in Libya is also up for discussion.
- 19-20 March: EU leaders gather in Brussels for the European Council meeting
- European Council: background information and documents on March's EU Summit
- European Council: Provisional agenda of the March EU Summit (PDF)
- EurActiv: leaked draft conclusions dated Monday, 16 March (PDF)
- EurActiv France: En direct: l'énergie et l'Ukraine au programme du Sommet européen
- EurActiv Spain: La Unión Energética y las tensiones con Rusia dominarán la cumbre europea de Bruselas
- EurActiv Turkey: AB liderleri 'Enerji Birli?i'ni onaylad?