Trade with countries outside the EU and the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the EU are two of the issues Prime Minister Stefan Löfven will raise with his heads of state and government colleagues when they meet on Thursday and Friday, 22–23 March. They will also discuss the nerve agent attack in Salisbury
Trade and relations with the United States
One important issue at the meeting will be the EU’s relations with the United States, including trade, as President Donald Trump has announced his intention to introduce import tariffs on steel and aluminium products.
Nerve agent attack in Salisbury
The heads of state and government will also discuss the consequences of the nerve agent attack in Salisbury on 4 March. At the meeting they will adopt conclusions condemning the attack.
Single market, the European Semester and social issues
The heads of state and government will discuss how the EU single market could facilitate competition, sustainability and innovation. Discussions on the ‘European Semester’ for economic policy coordination and on social issues are also planned.
Taxes and Turkey
The dinner discussions will focus on various tax issues and relations with Turkey ahead of a high-level meeting in Varna, Bulgaria on 26 March.
On Friday, the heads of state and government will discuss the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the EU in the EU27 constellation, i.e. the UK will not take part in the discussion.
The heads of state and government are likely to approve new guidelines for the European Commission so that the Commission can begin negotiations on future relations between the EU and the UK after Brexit.