When EU leaders meet for the summit on 13-14 December in Brussels, economic and financial issues and foreign policy will be on the agenda.
"The main purpose of this meeting will be for us to discuss a specific and timebound roadmap for the completion of the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU)", said President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy in his invitation letter to the EU's Heads of State and Government. "It is indeed crucial that, in order to boost confidence in the long term viability of the EMU, we set out the milestones that will ensure we close the gaps in the EMU architecture which were revealed by the crisis."
Under foreign policy, the European Council is due to focus on the Common Security and Defence Policy and EU enlargement.
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||Arrival of David Cameron, UK Prime Minister
||Arrival of Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council
||Arrival of Valdis Dombrovskis, Latvian Prime Minister
||Arrival of Angela Merkel, German Federal Chancellor
||Arrival of José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC
||Arrival of François Hollande, French President SOUNDBITE (French) saying that they have taken a lot of decisions on banking supervision, on Greece, on EMU, so we've worked a lot during 2012 and this allow us to be confident for 2013.
||Arrival of Dalia Grybauskaite and SOUNDBITE (English) saying that they will manage to resolve the problems. Let's have confidence. Everything will be ok in 2013.
||Arrival of Catherine Ashton, EU High Representative and EC Vice President
||Arrival of Demetris Christofias, Cypriot President
||Arrival of Jyrki Katainen, Finnish Prime Minister and SOUNDBITE (English): Yesterday we managed to agree on many things, for instance how to develop the banking union and this is the biggest achievement of this Summit. Yesterday we had also time to consider how we could the integration process should go on. We did not have a rush to go too far too fast, we need time to reflect with each other and this is why this summit was excellent.
||Arrival of Petr Necas, Czech Prime Minister
||Arrival of Donald Tusk, Polish Prime Minister
||Arrival of Pedro Passos Coelho, Portuguese Prime Minister
||Arrival of Werner Faymann, Austrian Federal Chancellor - SOUNDBITE (German): am happy that we managed to make decisions on Greece and the banking supervision and have proven wrong all those who had foreseen the tearing apart of the eurozone.However, with these unemployment levels and the negative prognostics for growth one cannot really be at ease
||Arrival of Zoran Milanovic, Prime Minister of Croatia
||Arrival of Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Danish Prime Minister
||Arrival of Janez Jansa, Slovenian Prime Minister - SOUNDBITE (Slovenian)
||Arrival of Boyko Borissov , Bulgarian Prime Minister and SOUNDBITE (in Bulgarian)
||Arrival of Andrus Ansip, Estonian Prime Minister
||Arrival of Fredrik Reinfeldt, Swedish Prime Minister
||Arrival of Antonis Samaras, Greek Prime Minister
||Arrival of Traian Basescu, Romanian President
||Arrival of Elio Di Rupo, Belgian Prime Minister - SOUNDBITE (in French): Contracts are proposed to everyone, but they are only one instrument. Euro states need a more coordinated policy and if possible fully harmonized fiscal policy. We need unanimity for that, it is not possible at the moment, but we still need to advance several instruments. We have had great success with banks. There is another possibility for member states to discuss with the European institutions on a contract for competitiveness and growth.
||Arrival of Enda Kenny, Irish Prime Minister
||Arrival of Mario Monti, Italian Prime Minister
||Arrival of Jean-Claude Juncker, Luxembourg Prime Minister and President of the Eurogroup