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Migration once again focus for European Council

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At the last European Council Summit of the year, EU leaders discussed migration issues and the fight against terrorism. Also on the agenda were economic issues and the upcoming UK referendum on EU membership. Sweden was represented by Prime Minister Stefan Löfven. The meeting took place on 17 and 18 December.

The European Council looked at migration and the EU's external borders, and followed up previous summits on these issues.

The EU leaders welcomed the agreement signed at the COP21 climate change conference in Paris.

EMU and measures to strengthen the EU internal market, and the planned referendum in the UK on the country's membership of the EU were also on the agenda.

The EU leaders discussed the need to exchange information in the fight against terrorism and reiterated their support for a peace process in Syria.

The Government recently sent a request to the European Commission to enable asylum seekers in Sweden to be relocated to other countries in the EU. In connection with the European Council Summit, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven was told that the Commission intends to present a proposal on the issue in January.