European Council, 09-10/03/2017
At the beginning of the meeting, the Prime Minister of Malta, who represents the current presidency, will provide an overview of progress on the implementation of earlier European Council conclusions.
The EU leaders will then look at a number of the most pressing issues, including economy, security and external relations.
On economy, the European Council is expected to reaffirm the urgency of promoting investment, growth and employment to allow EU citizens to enjoy economic well-being and prosperity. It will examine the implementation of key structural reforms undertaken by member states in response to their country-specific recommendations, discuss priorities for the 2017 European Semester, and endorse the Recommendation on the economic policy of the euro area.
The European Council will also review progress as regards delivering on legislative priorities and major strategies, including the Single Market strategy, the Digital Single Market strategy, the Capital Markets Union Action Plan and the Energy Union.
On security, the European Council will assess the implementation of its December 2016 conclusions on external security and defence. It will also look at where the EU stands in terms of internal security.
Leaders might also address foreign policy issues, in light of latest developments.