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European Council

14/03/2013 - 15/03/2013


The European Council held a comprehensive discussion on the economic and social situation and set the orientations for the economic policy of the member states and the European Union in 2013. Particular priority must be given to supporting youth employment, completing the Single Market and cutting red tape.

It agreed that over the coming months it would discuss specific themes with a high potential for delivering growth and jobs. It also took stock of ongoing work on deepening the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) with a view to its meeting in June.

Leaders also adopted the rules of procedure for the euro summits.

Concluding the meeting, the European Council held an exchange of views on the EU's relations with its strategic partners.

European Council Conclusions

Remarks by President Herman Van Rompuy



The European Council discussed the implementation of this year's European Semester exercise and provided guidance to the member states for the preparation of their national reform programmes (economic and employment policies) and stability or convergence programmes (fiscal policies) for this year.

Leaders also examined support for youth employment, the completion of the Single Market and the reduction of the administrative burden, as well as efforts to encourage growth and competitiveness. 


The European Council took stock of ongoing work to build a sounder structure for economic and monetary union (EMU). At the moment, developing the banking union is the most pressing priority, while President Van Rompuy will present further measures on the coordination of economic policies in the euro area for consideration by the June European Council.

Related documents


EU leaders adopted the rules of procedure for the Euro Summits. Drawing on treaty provisions and existing practices, these rules codify the organisation of these meetings.

- Summit photo directory 


- Final press conference by Herman Van Rompuy

- Press conference by Herman Van Rompuy

- Best of arrivals (first day)

- More videos


- Photo gallery 

European Council meetings are chaired by Donald Tusk, President of the European Council.

They take place in Brussels, in the Justus Lipsius building with the assistance of the General Secretariat of the Council.


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