Main results of today’s General Affairs Council

The Council prepared the European Council meeting of 23-24 October and held an exchange of views via video link with European Council President Herman Van Rompuy. The European Council will focus in particular on climate and energy, with the objective to reach an agreement on a new climate and energy policy framework for 2030. “The tone of the discussions was very encouraging. There is a real political will to find a solution and an agreement is possible”, said Sandro Gozi, State Secretary for European Affairs of Italy and President of the Council.

Follow-up to the June European Council

As a follow-up to the June European Council the Council took stock of the strategic agenda, focusing on the chapter on freedom, security and justice. Ministers discussed what can be done to improve or accelerate implementation. Particular attention was given to the issues of foreign fighters and EU passenger name records.

Strengthening interinstitutional annual and multiannual programming

The Council mandated the Presidency to contact the Commission on the 2015 Annual Work Programme and also to initiate contacts both with the Commission and the European Parliament with a view to establishing a consultation process for a new and efficient multiannual interinstitutional programming. “This is another priority of the Italian presidency, which will have a very concrete effect. It will make it easier and quicker for the EU to act and react”, State Secretary Sandro Gozi said at the press conference after the meeting.

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