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10 May 2019

Sibiu summit: EU leaders outline EU's strategic agenda for 2019-2024

photo credit: Romanian Council Presidency

At the informal European Council meeting in Sibiu, Romania, on 9 May 2019, the EU-27 Heads of State or Government met to discuss the strategic plans for the Union in the coming years. The leaders also agreed to meet again on 28 May 2019 in Brussels to discuss the outcome of the European Parliament elections.

In their discussion on the EU’s next strategic agenda for the period 2019-2024, EU leaders exchanged views on the challenges and priorities for the EU for the years to come. The discussions in Sibiu were based on the Leaders’ Agenda note prepared by President Tusk. A first outline of the Strategic Agenda for 2019-2024 was released after the meeting, setting out five overarching priorities that will guide the work of the EU over the next five years:

  • jobs, growth and competitiveness
  • empowering and protecting citizens
  • energy and climate policies
  • freedom, security and justice
  • the EU as a strong global actor.

In the context of growth and competitiveness, the Leaders's Agenda note explicitly mentions promoting innovation and research under the heading "investing in our future".

A first draft of the Strategic Agenda was announced for early June 2019.

For more information:

European Council - press release

Leaders' Agenda note

Romanian Presidency - press release


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