The European Council will gather in Brussels on December 15th, 2016 to discuss the most urgent issues of migration, security and foreign relations, according to the official website of the institution, consilium.europa.eu.
Regarding the migration issues, the Heads of State and Government attending the meeting will assess the extent to which the Declaration of the European Union adopted on March 18th, 2016 is implemented in Turkey.
Through this statement, Turkey has obtained EU’s promise to speed up the process of giving visas to Turkish citizens.
In exchange, Turkey is obliged to cooperate with the EU in terms of stopping the migration flows. All new migrants that will irregularly cross Turkey’s frontier starting March 20, 2016, will be returned to this country, with full compliance of EU international laws.
On November 24th, 2016, the European Parliament adopted a resolution calling for the temporary suspension of negotiations with Turkey, due to the ‘disproportionate’ reaction of Ankara’s leaders after the coup tentative in July.
The resolution is not obligatory. Other topics related to migration are legislative progress regarding foreign investment plan and reformation of the Common European Asylum System.
Referring to the theme of security, the European Council will reaffirm its commitment to the Internal Security Strategy for the European Union.
Also, in order to strengthen EU cooperation in the field of external security and defense, there are three priorities: the EU global strategy for security and defense, the EU action plan on defense and implementation of the common set of proposals resulting from joint EU-NATO Declaration, signed in Warsaw in July 2016.