What's done, what's next at the EU summit

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Posted: Mar 19, 2015 10:11 PM
What's done, what's next at the EU summit

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union heads of state and government are meeting in Brussels through Friday to talk about economic and energy policies, the crises in Ukraine and Libya, and the Greek debt problem.

Here's what has happened so far:

—UKRAINE: Leaders agreed not to lift EU sanctions on Russia until all the points of a peace accord for eastern Ukraine have been fulfilled. EU leaders also asked the bloc's foreign policy chief to come up with better ways to counter what they call Russian disinformation about the Ukraine conflict.

—ENERGY UNION: Europe wants to create an energy union to decrease its dependency on oil and gas from Russia. The leaders pledged to end the separation between their 28 national energy markets, which they said would save European consumers about 40 billion euros ($43 billion) a year.

—GREECE: After taking those decisions — and breaking for dinner — the leaders of Germany and France, along with senior EU officials, peeled away to discuss the situation in Greece with the country's prime minister. They said he recommitted to providing a list of concrete reform proposals in the coming days, as demanded by its creditors.

And here's what's on the agenda Friday:

—ECONOMY: European leaders will talk with the head of the European Central Bank, Mario Draghi, about how to spur growth. A new program aims to raise investment by 315 billion euros.

—FREE TRADE: Amid growing opposition, the leaders will encourage the European Commission to try to reach a free-trade pact with the United States. Many Europeans fear it will harm workers and consumers.

—LIBYA: EU members have been debating the possibility of a peacekeeping operation. The oil-rich North African nation has become a target for groups such the Islamic State.