European Union - Nathalie Loiseau’s participation in the General Affairs Council (Brussels, 20 November 2017)


Nathalie Loiseau, Minister for European Affairs, will visit Brussels on November 20 to take part in the Council of Ministers of the European Union (General Affairs).

The agenda will include the following key points:

  • Preparations for the European Council on December 14 and 15: France will continue to promote, in all its dimensions, a Europe that better protects its citizens, notably through the development of European defense.
  • The legislative planning for 2018: Following the adoption by the Commission of its work program, the member states will reaffirm their expectations regarding the interinstitutional proclamation due to be adopted in December, setting out the EU’s legislative priorities for 2018. The areas of work defined by the Commission broadly reflect France’s priorities for the future of the EU, in particular with respect to the six key areas of European sovereignty identified by President Macron during his speech at the Sorbonne: security and defense, migration issues, foreign policy, environmental transition, digital affairs, and the Economic and Monetary Union.

The minister will also take part in the General Affairs Council session devoted to the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union (so-called Article 50 sessions, involving the EU27). The ministers will review progress in the negotiations with the UK in preparation for the European Council on December 14 and 15.

On the sidelines of this meeting, a vote will be held on the transfer of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the European Banking Authority (EBA). As a reminder, as a result of the UK’s exit from the EU, these two agencies, which are currently located in London, must be relocated according to a specific procedure agreed at the level of heads of state and government. France has presented Lille as a candidate to host the European Medicines Agency and Paris as a candidate to host the European Banking Authority.