Prime Minister, David Cameron, made a statement in the House of Commons on Monday 12 December on the EU Council meeting that took place on 8-9 December in Brussels.
The European Council defines the general political direction and priorities of the European Union. The European Council consists of the Heads of State or Government of the 27 Member States, together with its President and the President of the Commission.
The meeting concluded with 17 members of the euro area and several other EU countries ready to participate in the new fiscal compact and engage in a significantly stronger coordination of economic policies. Further information on the meeting can be found on the European Council website.
The Leader of the Opposition, Edward Miliband, responded to the statement on behalf of the Opposition.
Watch and read the statement and the view expressed by MPs on Parliament TV and in Commons Hansard. Also find current parliamentary material on the European Union in the Topics and News sections.
Oral statements are made after Question Time (or at 11am on a Friday). Statements normally relate to matters of policy or government actions. At the end of a statement, MPs can respond or question the government minister on its contents.
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