A senior official of the European Union, representing on condition of anonymity, the agenda of the EU summit on 14-15 December in Brussels, reported as a foregone conclusion on the issue of the impending extension of economic sanctions against Russia, which will be discussed in this summit in the context of the Minsk agreements.

“During dinner (Thursday, 14 December – if) MS (Chancellor Angela – if) Merkel and Mr. (President of France Emmanuel macron – if) will return to the issue of implementation of the Minsk process, and, consequently, to the question of extending, of course, on a technical level, of sanctions”, – the interlocutor told reporters on Tuesday .

He noted, however, that became a sort of tradition, when in connection with the summit one or several member States require a preliminary assessment of the status of the Minsk agreements, “based on the principle that the renewal of the sanctions require a political consensus before the adoption of technical solutions”.

“It is expected that soon after the summit followed by an official decision on the extension of economic sanctions against Russia”, – said in the materials for the European Council, promulgated in Brussels.

A source in the EU Council explained to “Interfax” that the extension of restrictive measures envisaged for six months, and it will include the currently existing sectoral sanctions without additions.

In his letter of invitation to the summit the heads of States and governments of EU countries, the President of the European Council Donald Tusk also pointed out that Merkel and Emmanuel macron will report on the progress of the Minsk agreements “with the aim to renew economic sanctions against Russia.”

Thursday’s meeting will begin in the second half of the day with the exchange of opinions with members of the European Council’s first President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani, and then with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

The heads of States and governments of EU countries will need to approve conclusions on Permanent structured cooperation (PESCO). According to the functionary of the EU, PESCO is particularly important for three reasons: it shows that Europe can fulfil the tasks in such sensitive areas as security and defence; it is a geopolitical signal that the Europeans are able to take responsibility also in the military field; and it shows that a United Europe “can go forward at different speeds, while remaining in the inclusive context.”

In addition, the European Council will examine progress in other areas of security and defense, in particular, in cooperation of the EU and NATO.

Then the European leaders have to take opinions on social, educational aspects and cultural issues. The document said the European official, will build on the work done at the extraordinary EU summit in Gothenburg in October.

During the working dinner, in addition to the Minsk agreements and the anti-Russian sanctions, will discuss the migration. The subject of these debates will be forwarded to the European leaders D. Tusk, together with a letter of invitation a note that would discuss “openly and frankly”.

“I think it’s important to look at what was done and what not done over the last two years, and lessons learned. This discussion will be the basis for further work in the first half of 2018,” – said in his letter to Donald Tusk.

In an attached note said that the decision on compulsory quotas for EU countries to resettle refugees made a split in the ranks of the members of the Union, “in this sense, it proved to be ineffective”.

The source of the media said that no conclusions on mandatory quotas at the summit is not expected until only expected a debate. But, as for the position of Donald Tusk, head of the European Council “considers that it is difficult to imagine how you can come to the consensus that mandatory quotas”.

On the eve of the summit that drew a hot reaction from the European Commission, responsible for this work. This thesis criticized the member of the EC for migration Dimitris Avramopoulos and the Deputy President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans.

“The European Commission does not fully agree with the idea, from which it follows that the system of emergency resettlement proved to be ineffective. About 32 thousand people were resettled, and it is 90% subject to resettlement,” – said on Wednesday in Brussels to journalists by the European Commission spokesman, Margaritis Schinas.

Also during dinner, at the initiative of Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, will be held an exchange of views concerning the application of U.S. President Donald trump on Jerusalem.

“And that will be the end of the official part of the summit,” said a senior functionary of the EU.

On the second day of the meeting on Friday, December 15, he said, meetings in informal formats “inclusive of the summit of the Euro area” and meetings on Brexit – that, and the other composed of 27 members of the EU without the UK.

The Eurozone summit invited the President of the European Central Bank Mario Draghi and Eurogroup Chairman Jeroen Deysselblum. Priority of this part of the summit, said the EU official, should be a completion of European banking Union, in particular, the introduction of a system of Deposit guarantees.

“The most important” dossiers senior representative of the EU called the final summit point about Brexit. “Based on the breakthrough achieved (at negotiations – if) last week, Chairman of the Tusk suggests that the European Council may decide that in the first phase was implemented adequate progress in Ireland, financial matters and expatriate communities. That is, can be taken guidelines for the second phase with a focus on the transition period, but also bearing in mind the scope of future relations”, – said the source.

According to him, if things turn out this way, guidelines will have to be converted into a mandate for negotiations on the second phase. Proposals in these guidelines will be presented to the European Commission on 20 December. In turn, the EU Council must approve the mandate, and the second phase can begin in January.

“With regard to our future relations, in addition to all that has already been prepared in the EU, we expect more details from our British partners, to know their ultimate goals,” added the official, adding that it would like to clarify at the March summit in 2017.