An informal summit of leaders of EU member states has been held on Friday in Brussels, focusing on potential institutional reforms and the next seven-year budget framework.
Instead of the usual two-day summit, the participants will be meeting this Friday only. The British Prime Minister will not be present except for Heads of State or Government of the remaining countries after the United States’ planned exit from the EU.
Following the opening of the meeting, EU leaders first negotiate with Antonio Tajani, the President of the European Parliament (EP), and then discuss institutional issues at work lunch.
Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, said that the first item on the agenda would be the changing composition of the European Parliament. He argues that the EP’s proposal to reduce the number of Members from 751 to 705 reflects well on demographic change and the remaining seats could be maintained for future enlargements.
The second item is the so-called peer-to-peer system first tried out in 2014, in which European parties would nominate their own list leaders nominated for the European Commission’s presidency and the parliament would vote first on the election of a candidate for the party’s most mandate.
They will then discuss the proposal to select part of MEPs from pan-European lists.
According to the information, there will also be a question about the possible consolidation of the Presidency of the European Commission and the European Council and the number of Commissioners, followed by the framework budget for the seven-year period between 2021 and 2027.
In addition to these issues, they will briefly address the Libyan measures to tackle the migration crisis, the status of the Brexit process, and the recent attempts by Turkish warships to probe drillings near Cyprus.
On Thursday evening, Belgian Prime Minister hosted the leaders of twelve EU countries in a castle near Brussels, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron. The informal meeting is supposed to have been negotiating next year’s European elections, the future of the euro area, and the issues of budget, migration and trade. At dinner, besides others, the Bulgarian, Dutch, Polish, Italian, Spanish and Slovak Prime Ministers also attended.
Source: MTI / Image: pannonrtv.com /