The European Council focused on the principles for EU enlargement
15 Dec 2006, 17:19
The December European Council had an in-depth discussion on the principles of the EU's enlargement in Brussels on 14-15 December. The Heads of State or Government confirmed their common view on the enlargement process. Enlargement will continue to be a key priority, and the European Union will continue to be open union.
The other two central themes of the meeting were more effective decision-making in the field of justice and home affairs and the European migration policy. The European Council decided to reform decision-making process in justice and home affairs as part of the next round of Treaty reform. In addition, the Council decided on the principles for a comprehensive European migration policy and agreed on concrete action for 2007. Co-operation with third countries will be enhanced, additional resources will be allocated to the management of external borders and the Union's ability to manage sudden flows of migration will be strengthened.
The press conferences on Thursday and Friday were webcast and can be viewed
as recordings on this website.