The 28 leaders of the EU have now gathered in Brussels to discuss items in the following agenda.
EU leaders will look at a number of the most pressing issues, including defence, migration, foreign affairs, social issues, education and culture.
EU leaders are expected to welcome the launch of the permanent structured cooperation (PESCO). On 13 November, 23 member states notified their intention to join PESCO to enhance defence cooperation.
The Council will also review progress in other fields, notably on EU-NATO cooperation.
The European Council will adopt conclusions on social issues as well as on education and culture.
The conclusions will build on the discussions held in Gothenburg during the Leaders' Agenda debate on culture and education and the Social Summit.
In the light of events, the European Council may address specific foreign policy issues.
Under the Leaders' Agenda, leaders will hold a debate on the way forward on migration policy, including both the internal and external dimensions. Further information is included in the note below.
"We should consolidate our comprehensive approach and make it more sustainable with secure external borders and the prevention of mass arrivals as a corner stone. In this context, we must also find a consensus by June 2018 on the internal dimension of our migration policy, based on the concepts of responsibility and solidarity."Leaders' Agenda note on migration
The European Council (Article 50), in an EU 27 format, will review the latest developments in the negotiations following the United Kingdom's notification of its intention to leave the EU.
Leaders will reassess the state of progress in the Brexit negotiations to determine whether sufficient progress has been achieved on three specific issues:
Leaders are expected to adopt the draft guidelines to move to the second phase of brexit negotiations. This follows the confirmation from Michel Barnier, the EU Chief Negotiator, that sufficient progress has been made during the first phase of negotiations.
The Euro Summit will discuss the economic and monetary union (EMU) and the banking union, on the basis of the note below.
"At the Summit, leaders will be asked to spell out their preferred approach to further strengthening the EMU. However, there is no doubt that the first reality check is the completion of the Banking Union, which is both possible and necessary. If there is no significant progress in this area, it will be very difficult to envisage progress on the more ambitious ideas. "Leaders' Agenda note on the economic and monetary union