Outlook for the Extraordinary European Council on 23 September 2015

22-09-2015

The EU Heads of State or Government will hold an extraordinary, informal European Council meeting on 23 September 2015, with the aim of trying to reach an agreement on possible responses to the current migration crisis. The President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, has stressed the need to focus on how to address the situation in countries of origin and transit in the Union's neighbourhood. The annotated draft agenda of the next regular European Council, scheduled for the 15-16 October already foresaw a "substantial discussion on migration in all its aspects". The European Council was expected to take stock of what has been done since the June European Council, to prepare the 11-12 November 2015 international summit in Valletta and  discuss the follow-up to the Western Balkan route high-level conference, which is due to take place at the beginning of October. Following recent developments on the ground, notably the huge influx of migrants during the summer, and at European political level, for example the outcome of the Justice and Home Affairs Council on 14 September 2015, Mr Tusk has decided to bring forward this discussion and have an extraordinary European Council meeting on migration.

The EU Heads of State or Government will hold an extraordinary, informal European Council meeting on 23 September 2015, with the aim of trying to reach an agreement on possible responses to the current migration crisis. The President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, has stressed the need to focus on how to address the situation in countries of origin and transit in the Union's neighbourhood. The annotated draft agenda of the next regular European Council, scheduled for the 15-16 October already foresaw a "substantial discussion on migration in all its aspects". The European Council was expected to take stock of what has been done since the June European Council, to prepare the 11-12 November 2015 international summit in Valletta and  discuss the follow-up to the Western Balkan route high-level conference, which is due to take place at the beginning of October. Following recent developments on the ground, notably the huge influx of migrants during the summer, and at European political level, for example the outcome of the Justice and Home Affairs Council on 14 September 2015, Mr Tusk has decided to bring forward this discussion and have an extraordinary European Council meeting on migration.