EU leaders have agreed on a roadmap for eurozone integration beyond the deal on centralised banking supervision, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said. Specific dates have not yet been agreed for the phases of integration. But the EU summit chairman, Herman Van Rompuy, said a deal should be reached next year on a joint resolution scheme for winding up failed banks. Mr Van Rompuy‘s far-reaching roadmap was the main topic of the two-day Brussels summit. (BBC.CO.UK)
The European Union and Singapore yesterday (16 December) announced that they have reached agreement on a free-trade deal, 33 months after they began formal negotiations. This is the second free-trade agreement struck by the EU in Asia; the first – with South Korea – came into force in July 2011. (EUROPEANVOICE.COM)
18:00 The European Parliament together with the Capital City of Prague commemorate the first anniversary of the death of the first post-revolution Czechoslovak and Czech President Václav Havel. A large-sized Neon Heart shall be lit above the entrance of ASP building. The event is hosted by Oldřich Vlasák, EP Vice-President, and Bohuslav Svoboda, Mayor of Prague.