From left to right: Ms Ekaterina ZAHARIEVA, Bulgarian Minister for Foreign Affairs; Mr Cristian-Gabriel WINZER, Romanian Secretary of State for European Affairs.
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Council, meeting in EU27 format, adopted supplementing negotiating directives for the Brexit negotiations, which detail the EU27 position regarding a transition period. These negotiating directives provide the Commission, as the EU negotiator, with a mandate to start discussions with the United Kingdom on this matter.
"EU ministers have given a clear mandate to the Commission on what is the type of transition period that we envisage: full EU acquis to be applied in the UK and no participation in the EU institutions and decision-making. The 27 adopted the text speedily today and we hope an agreement on this with the UK can also be closed swiftly".
Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva
Read the full press release here.
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