The main subjects on the European Council's agenda were taxation and energy.
EU leaders seized the political momentum created by fiscal constraints and made progress on a number of taxation issues, such as tax evasion and tax fraud.
A number of files which had been at a standstill for years were unblocked and clear deadlines set for results. Priorities were automatic exchange of information, tackling VAT fraud, elimination of harmful tax practices and fighting money laundering.
After a strategic debate, leaders stated that the EU's energy policy aims at providing both households and companies with affordable and competitively priced energy in a safe and sustainable manner.
They reaffirmed previously agreed objectives and defined priorities and deadlines related to the completion of the internal energy market, interconnections, investments, the diversification of Europe's energy supply and energy efficiency.
Fight against tax fraud and tax evasion
An Action Plan to strengthen the fight against tax fraud and tax evasion (pdf)