Bruxelles, 12 March 2020

Continuation of decision-making in the Council and the European Council

The President of the European Council, the President of the Commission and the Prime Minister of Croatia, holding the rotating Presidency of the Council, today decided the following on the work in the Council and the European Council:

1) The capacity of the Union to take decisions must be upheld so as to ensure effective Union action to limit the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and to mitigate its effects, as well as to deal with other essential challenges for the Union.
2) At the same time the work of the institutions needs to be adapted to take into account the current situation and to make sure that the risk of spread of the virus is minimised.

Specifically as regards the Council, this means that:

1) Essential Council meetings will be retained;
2) Non-essential or non-urgent Council meetings will be cancelled or postponed and, in some cases, video conferences will be held instead; where appropriate, decisions may be taken by written procedure;
3) When meetings take place, measures will be taken to ensure that the participants will be safe.

For the period until 31 March, the following essential Council meetings will be retained:

13 March: Justice and Home Affairs (Home)
17 March: ECOFIN
23 March: Foreign Affairs Council (in agreement with HR Josep Borrel)
24 March: General Affairs Council
26-27 March: European Council

The President of the European Council, the President of the Commission and the Prime Minister of Croatia will continue to consult on an ongoing basis.