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Informal meeting of the 27 heads of state or government

EU News 304/2016

16/09/2016
Bratislava

The heads of state or government of the 27 met in Bratislava to begin a political reflection on further development of an EU with 27 member countries.

Leaders agreed on the Bratislava Declaration and Roadmap, which set out the objectives for the coming months.

These objectives include:

- restoring full control of the external borders
- ensuring internal security and fighting terrorism
- strengthening EU cooperation on external security and defence
- boosting the single market and offering better opportunities for  young Europeans

"These objectives are matched by a number of very concrete measures," said President Donald Tusk at the press conference after the summit. "Let me just mention that a number of leaders have decided to immediately deploy extra personnel and equipment to help guard Bulgaria's border with Turkey," he added.

The Bratislava Roadmap will guide EU action over the next months. 27 leaders want to meet again in Malta in January 2017 and conclude the reflection process at the Rome meeting in March 2017.

Source and additional information:
http://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/meetings/european-council/2016/09/16-informal-meeting/

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