Main topics and media events 5 - 18 December 2016
Overview of the main subjects to be discussed at meetings of the Council of the EU over the next two weeks.
Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council, 1-2 and 5 December 2016
Energy, 5 December
The Council will have a policy debate on the proposal for a regulation concerning measures to safeguard the security of gas supply, which is one of the main building blocks of the Energy Union.
The Council will also take stock of progress on two important legislative files on which negotiations with the EP have already started: a decision on an information exchange mechanism with regard to intergovernmental agreements and non-binding instruments in the field of energy and a decision on energy efficiency labelling.
Economic and Financial Affairs Council, 6 December 2016
The Council will be called on to agree to an extension of the European fund for strategic investments, and may review work on the proposed European deposit insurance scheme. Bank capital requirements and the proposed financial transaction tax are also on the agenda.
Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council, 8 December 2016
The Council aims at reaching a general approach on new regulations for the following agencies: Eurofound, EU-OSHA and Cedefop. It will take stock of progress on posting of workers, accessibility and the equal treatment directives. It will hold a policy debate on the European pillar for social rights.
Health ministers will discuss the public health related part of the annual growth survey 2017 and be briefed about the European reference networks that from 2017 will give more patients, in particular those with rare diseases, access to highly specialised quality treatment throughout the EU.
Justice and Home Affairs Council, 8-9 December 2016
Justice, 8 December
Justice ministers will discuss on how to better protect the financial interests of the Union through the establishment of a European Public Prosecutor's office and a directive of the fight against fraud.
After their discussion in June last year, ministers will assess progress done on the improvement of criminal justice in cyberspace.
Home affairs, 9 December
Ministers will discuss the implementation of measures regarding migration and the reform of the common European asylum system. They will also address the fight against terrorism and organised crime and will take stock of work on the entry/exit system.
Foreign Affairs Council, 12 December 2016
The Council will discuss EU-Africa relations. It will take stock of the latest developments in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Ahead of the European Council, foreign affairs ministers will discuss migration and take stock of the progress made in the partnership framework approach and country-specific compacts.
Agriculture and Fisheries Council, 12 and 13 December 2016
The Council will be called on to agree to the 2017 fishing opportunities for the main stocks in Union waters and certain non-Union waters, and in the Black Sea; and it may adopt conclusions on strengthening farmers' position in the supply chain and tackling unfair trading practices. Agriculture and climate change, as well as organic production, are also on the agenda.
General Affairs Council, 13 December 2016
The Council will finalise preparations for the December European Council, adopt conclusions on enlargement and be informed on the state of play of the mid-term review of the multi-annual financial framework 2014-2020.
European Council, 15 December 2016
The European Council in December will focus on migration and security issues. Leaders will also discuss economy and youth, as well as the issue of the ratification of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement in the Netherlands.