EU Draft Points to Strategy on Terror Finances, External Borders

  • Leaders to `set further orientations' on fight against terror
  • Draft conclusions for Dec. 17-18 summit touch on U.K. issue

European Union leaders will aim to decide their next steps on curbing terror financing and how to manage the bloc’s external borders at their Dec. 17-18 summit in Brussels, draft conclusions prepared for the meeting show.

Leaders will, “where needed, set further orientations” on how to share information and take action in the “fight against terrorism,” according to the draft dated Nov. 30 obtained by Bloomberg News. They’ll also assess how to manage controls at the EU’s external borders, “notably through systematic and coordinated checks” including on EU citizens.

In addition to borders, the summit will focus on how to operate so-called hotspots for processing migrants and refugees. Leaders will consider how to implement relocation decisions and returns, as well as how to identify, register, fingerprint and otherwise handle processing at the reception centers.

The conclusions don’t specify how the leaders will take up the question of U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron’s plans for renegotiating Britain’s relationship with the EU. “The European Council will revert to the U.K. plans” for a referendum, the draft says.

Other items on the summit agenda include setting out the way ahead for work to strengthen the euro area and taking up the topic of relations with Russia and the situation in eastern Ukraine.

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