European Union - Nathalie Loiseau’s participation in the General Affairs Council (Brussels, 25 September 2017)


Nathalie Loiseau, Minister for European Affairs, will take part in the General Affairs Council in Brussels on September 25.

The discussions will primarily focus on the following points:

  • the European Council on October 19 and 20: The ministers will work on preparing the agenda. France will continue to promote a Europe that, in its various dimensions, can better protect its citizens;
  • the Commission’s work program: The member states will present their responses to the Commission’s letter of intent, in which the legislative priorities for 2018 are set out. This document translates into practice the speech on the State of the European Union delivered by President Jean-Claude Juncker on September 13. This program reflects France’s priorities: the strengthening of internal security and development of European defense, the reform of the asylum system and cooperation on migration, as well the protection of workers within the EU and the protection of citizens and firms in the context of globalization;
  • rule of law: As he pledged to do so at the General Affairs Council on May 16, Frans Timmermans, Vice-President of the EU Commission, will report on the situation regarding the rule of law in Poland and the Commission’s discussions with the Polish authorities. France will reaffirm its support for the Commission’s approach and will reiterate its call for the need to uphold the values of the European Union, as well as to continue dialogue with the Polish authorities.

In order to take stock of progress in the negotiations with the United Kingdom, Nathalie Loiseau will take part in a meeting of the General Affairs Council in an EU27 format (so-called Article 50 format).

She will also meet with the president of the Commission during her visit to Brussels.