The European Council met in Helsinki on 10th and 11th December 1999. It adopted the Millennium Declaration. It has taken a number of decisions marking a new stage in the enlargement process.
Steps have also been taken to ensure that the Union itself will have effective, reformed institutions, a strengthened common security and defence policy and a competitive, job-generating, sustainable economy. At the start of proceedings, the European Council and the President of the European Parliament, Nicole
Fontaine,exchanged views on the main items under discussion, in particular enlargement, institutional reform and employment.