European Council, Institutional affairs
The European Council will seek to reach an agreement on the multi-annual financial framework (MFF) 2014-2020, building on the outcomes of the last meeting of the European Council in November 2012.
The European Council is also expected to discuss trade-related issues, aiming to ensure that the benefits of trade as an important source of growth and jobs are fully developed. In this context, the European Council will also examine how to improve trade relations with the EU's strategic partners.
Furthermore, the European Council is expected to discuss the situation in Mali. It will also take stock of developments following the "Arab Spring" and examine the way forward for the EU's policy aimed at assisting those countries that are in transition towards democracy.
A Presidency briefing, agenda and background note will be published on the Council website closer to the date of the meeting.