A meeting of the 27 EU heads of state and government this Thursday in Brussels is expected to give vent to European concerns surrounding France’s handling of Roma migration.
The summit’s agenda centres on economic governance and the European Union’s external relations, as conveyed by the permanent head of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy:
“Europe is acting in a rapidly changing world. We are confronted with new and pressing challenges: global security, environment, migration… The economic crisis has shown us how dependent we are on external developments to preserve the quality of life of Europeans. These challenges need effective and coordinated response.”
The meeting will also be an opportunity to discuss a setback for EU diplomacy. It wants to participate at the United Nations through the offices of Van Rompuy and foreign policy High Representative Catherine Ashton, but developing countries have opposed this. They do not want status given to the EU which their regional organizations do not have.