Leaders of the 28 EU member states are meeting in Brussels on 22-23 March for high-level talks on issues ranging from the Salisbury poisoning attack to relations with Turkey, US and Russia, and visions for a reform of the eurozone.
The agenda highlights include:
- Poisoning/Russia: EU leaders backed Britain in the night of 22 March in blaming Moscow over a nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy in England, and agreed to recall their ambassador to Moscow for consultations.
- Trade/US steel tariffs: The leaders postponed a decision on trade, seeking further clarification after the EU won a temporary reprieve from President Trump’s steel and aluminium tariffs.
- Eurozone reform: French President Emmanuel Macron is likely to push for ambitious reform of the euro area, including its fiscal capacity, while a number of euro countries prefer a more cautious approach.
- Brexit: Leaders are expected to sign off on a broad agreement for the UK’s orderly withdrawal from the bloc, announced on Monday, paving the way for further talks needed to finalise the deal before the UK leaves next March.
- Digital/taxation: They will debate how to tax the fast-growing digital economy and do more to fight tax evasion.