EU heads of state or government meet on 14 December 2017 in Brussels to address defence matters. They are expected to welcome the launch of the permanent structured cooperation (PESCO) and to review progress in other fields, notably on EU-NATO cooperation.
The European Council is also adopting conclusions on social issues, education and culture, building on the discussions held in Gothenburg during the Social Summit and the Leaders' Agenda debate on culture and education.
In the light of events, leaders may address specific foreign policy issues. As part of the Leaders' Agenda, the heads of state or government are holding a debate on the way forward on migration policy, including both the internal and external dimensions.
Angela MERKEL, Federal Chancellor of Germany, is the first-ever recipient of the International Gender Equality Prize, awarded to her by Juha SIPILÄ, Prime Minister of Finland, on behalf of the Finnish Government. The prize is awarded to a person or organisation that has advanced gender equality in a globally significant way. The ceremony takes place on the sidelines of the European Council, on 14 December, in Brussels.
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