brussels - The 28 EU leaders meet on Thursday and Friday in Brussels. They will give the green light Friday for talks with London about a transition period after the brexit in 2019 now that there is an agreement about the divorce. The British want the industry to have more time to adjust to the new situation.
At 15.00 hours the President of the European Parliament will be welcomed, as will NATO CEO Jens Stoltenberg. Half an hour later the first work session begins, about safety and defense, social affairs and education.
At 18.45, the new defense cooperation between 25 member states, PESCO, will be briefly celebrated. At the (work) dinner from 19. 15 hours onwards, migration is the main theme. The 28 also probably agree with the extension of the sanctions against Russia.
On Friday, the summit will pass without the British Prime Minister Theresa May. At 8:00 am, Euro Group Chairman Jeroen Dijsselbloem and the CEO of the European Central Bank Mario Draghi give their views on Economic and Monetary Union. From 09.00 to 11.00 the 27 have a euro top.
After the brexit is hacked, a press conference will take place at 13.00 hours.