On 14 May 2018, Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs will take part in the meetings of the European Union’s (EU) General Affairs Council and the General Affairs Council (Article 50) to be held in Brussels.
At the General Affairs Council, ministers will share opinions on the draft agenda for the European Council on 28-29 June, as well as discussing the state of play with the rule of law in Poland.
Next, the European Commission (EC) will introduce ministers to the EU’s multiannual financial framework (MFF) package for the years 2021 to 2027. The Council will then hold a first exchange of views on the proposed MFF.
In the meeting of the General Affairs Council in the EU-27 format, ministers will start preparations for the European Council (Article 50) on 28 or 29 June and will be informed by the Commission’s chief negotiator about the state of play in the Brexit negotiations with the UK.
The meetings of the General Affairs Council take place once a month and in the first half of 2018 are chaired by the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU.
The meetings of the General Affairs Council (Article 50), in the EU27 format, considers issues concerning the process of negotiations on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the EU.