Where: Justus Lipsius building, Brussels, Belgium
Topic: External relations and foreign affairs
Organiser: Council of the EU
The Council will take stock of the state of play on the so-called trade "Omnibus" proposals which update the procedures for adoption and decision-making concerning a broad range of trade regulations, such as the trade defence instruments or the EU's general system of preferences. The update is due to the changes in decision-making brought about by the Treaty of Lisbon.
Trade ministers will also take stock of the state of play on a proposed regulation which establishes a framework for the allocation of the financial responsibility arising from investor-to-state dispute settlement cases conducted pursuant to an international agreement to which the Union is a party and initiated by a claimant of a non-EU country.
As regards negotiations with third countries, the Council will:
Over lunch, ministers will discuss the trade and investment relations with Russia and China.
A presidency briefing, agenda and background note will be published on the Council website closer to the date of the meeting.