European Summit particularly on migration and trade

The EU leaders will meet on 20 and 21 October to discuss migration, trade and Russia, including its role in Syria. 

The EU leaders will meet on 20 and 21 October to discuss three major issues: migration, trade and Russia, including its role in Syria.

The EU's comprehensive migration policy
The European Council took stock of the latest developments concerning the EU's comprehensive migration policy, with a particular focus on the external dimension. The entry into force of the European Border and Coast Guard Regulation on 6 October is an important step in strengthening the control of our external borders. Member States are now deploying staff and equipment to the European Border and Coast Guard, so as to reach full capacity for rapid reaction and return by the end of the year.

The European Council held a comprehensive debate on trade policy.
It reiterated the EU's commitment to a robust trade policy that reaps the benefits of open markets for growth and job creation, while taking into account the concerns of its citizens. Many millions of jobs in the EU depend on trade, which is and will remain a powerful engine for growth. Likewise, trade offers consumers a wider choice and provides increased opportunities for European businesses, including SMEs.

BusinessEurope message addressed to Donald Tusk, president of the European Council Unity, prosperity and security in an increasingly changing international environment: “BusinessEurope strongly believes in the future of Europe and wants to be part of the solution to the challenges facing us: security, migration, the decision of the United Kingdom to leave the European Union as well as European competitiveness, growth and employment weaknesses.”

The other global and economic issues are focused on the Union's ratification of the Paris Agreement on climate change, the different Single Market strategies (Digital Single Market, Capital Markets Union, Energy Union and Single Market Agenda) to be completed and implemented by 2018 according to a precise roadmap, the Commission's new EFSI proposal. The European Council held a strategic policy debate on relations with Russia.

Annex: Message of the BusinessEurope

Vladimíra Drbalová
International relations

Kateřina Pavlíková
section European Union