EU heads of state and government meet in Brussels on 23-24 June for an European Council devoted to economic matters, migration, the EU's Southern Neighbourhood and Croatia's accession to the EU.
The summit will start with a discussion on economic issues. EU leaders will take stock of the progress achieved on the six legislative proposals on economic governance, the amendment to the EFSF (European Financial Stability Facility) and on the future ESM (European Stability Mechanism), which are part of the EU's response to the sovereign debt crisis.
They are also expected to conclude the first European Semester (the annual monitoring of budgetary policies and structural reforms undertaken by the member states), nominate Mario Draghi as the future President of the European Central Bank and discuss recent developments in the euro zone.
On Friday the European Council will assess implementation of migration policies and will discuss developments in the southern Mediterranean, focusing on Libya, Syria and the Middle East peace process.
The European Council is also expected to call for accession negotiations with Croatia to be concluded by the end of June.
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||Arrival of Georgios Papandreou, Greek Prime Minister (4 shots)
||Arrival of Jean-Claude Trichet, President of the European Central Bank (4 shots)
||Arrival of Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council
||Arrival of Nicolas Sarkozy, President of the Republic of France (3 shots)
||Arrival of Jean-Claude Juncker, Prime Minister of Luxembourg and President of the Eurogroup (2 shots)
||SOUNDBITE (in GERMAN) Jean-Claude Juncker saying that Greece must meet its commitments under an EU-IMF bailout programme as there is no alternative plan for its financial difficulties
||Arrival of Angela Merkel, German Federal Chancellor (2 shots)
||SOUNDBITE (in GERMAN) Angela Merkel saying that: we have to stay together in all situations. It has occurred for Ireland, Portugal and it has to be the same way in Greece. And at the summit, we have to take important decision for the European Permanent Stability Mechanism in order to stabilize the euro, also for the future and the next president of ECB. We need to have relevant and important discussion. That is why an important vote has to take place in the Greek Parliament when the budgetary reform plan from the social government will be presented.
||Arrival of José Manuel Barroso, EC President (2 shots)
||Arrival of David Cameron, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
||Arrival of Viktor Orban, Hungarian Prime Minister (2 shots)
||Arrival of Pedro Passos Coelho, Prime Minister of Portugal
||SOUNDBITE (in ENGLISH) Pedro Passos Coelho saying: we don't have now alternative in Europe, we must believe that the programme in the Greek Parliament will be a success. It's very important for all of us in Europe.
||Arrival of José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, Spanish Prime Minister
||Arrival of Catherine Ashton, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
||SOUNDBITE (in ENGLISH) Georgios Papandreou saying: I think that with a strong commitement from the European Union, there will also be also a strong commitement from the Greek Parliament that we move forward together.