An important topic for this meeting of the GAC was preparations for the meeting of the European Council on 15 and 16 October, where the heads of state and government of the EU will come together. Ministers responsible for European affairs discussed the European Council's draft conclusions.

In addition to discussions on the state of play in negotiations between the European Union and the United Kingdom, ministers also held a horizontal discussion about the rule-of-law situation in the EU as part of the annual rule-of-law dialogue. A further topic of discussion was EU-wide coordination of COVID-19-related measures.

The Presidency briefed ministers on the state of play regarding the next multiannual financial framework (MFF) and the recovery package. At the end of the meeting, the Presidency addressed the state of preparations for the Conference on the Future of Europe.

The next meeting of the GAC is planned for 10 November.