EU's General Affairs Council convened in Brussels on Tuesday to adopt "a mandate for future negotiations with the United Kingdom about a partnership agreement," said Andreja Metelko-Zgombic, the State Secretary for European Affairs of Croatia.
"What you will see is that the European Union is ready to propose an ambitious partnership that covers a whole range of matters, but of course on the condition that it's a balanced agreement between rights and obligations and that equal conditions are respected," stated Metelko-Zgombic.
The French Secretary of State for European Affairs, Amelie de Montchalin, said that the goal is to have a "loyal and balanced partnership"
"Today, we give this task to Michel Barnier [EU Brexit negotiator] so that in the upcoming months we can come to an agreement with the United Kingdom."
"We set a target to have a full negotiating mandate concluded and ready and agreed across the EU by the end of this week and we're certainly on schedule to do that," explained Simon Coveney, the Irish Deputy Prime Minister.
The Council meeting is set to continue until late Tuesday afternoon.