Delegation of the European Union to Japan

European Council: Main results

Brussels, 23/06/2017 - 12:56, UNIQUE ID: 170626_3
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EU News 137/2017

The June European Council focussed on security and defence, foreign affairs, climate change, economy, trade and migration.

Security and defence

EU leaders strongly condemned the recent terrorist attacks. They reaffirmed their commitment to cooperate at EU level to:

  • fight online radicalisation
  • prevent and counter violent extremism
  • tackle terrorism financing
  • improve information sharing and the interoperability of databases

The European Council also agreed on the need to launch an inclusive and ambitious permanent structured cooperation (PESCO) to strengthen Europe's security and defence. Within three months, member states will agree a common list of criteria and commitments, together with concrete capability projects, in order to start this cooperation.

Paris Agreement on climate change

The heads of state or government reaffirmed the EU's commitment to swift and full implementation of the Paris Agreement on climate change, including its climate finance goals, and to lead the global transition to clean energy.


Following the working dinner, leaders from the EU27 member states met to review the latest developments in the negotiations following the United Kingdom's notification under Article 50 TEU.

In the margins of this meeting, they endorsed the  procedure for the relocation of the EU agencies currently located in the UK.


Leaders encouraged progress on all ongoing negotiations for ambitious and balanced free trade agreements, including with Mercosur and Mexico. They welcomed the progress achieved recently in the negotiations with Japan, potentially paving the way for a political agreement.

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