Michel invites to EU Council
*Following the meetings held at Sherpa level, I have decided to call a special meeting of the European Council that will begin on 20 February 2020″ reads letter of the EU president Charles Michel, inviting the EU leaders to the Council.
*The time has come to reach an agreement at our level on the Multiannual Financial Framework.
*Any postponement would create serious practical and political problems and jeopardise the continuation of current programs and policies as well as the launch of new ones.
*I am fully aware that these negotiations are among the most difficult ones we have to face. But I am also convinced that with common sense and determination we can strike a deal that will benefit all Europeans.
*To achieve this, all sides will need to demonstrate a spirit of compromise. I count on your support in this respect.
*In the coming days I will consult with you before tabling an overall proposal in view of the February meeting, which will be prepared in the usual fashion.*