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The international community gathered in Brussels offered support to Syrians in securing a peaceful future. The participants made pledges of $6 billion to meet the needs of the populations inside Syria and neighbouring countries. They also condemned the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian Government and ISIL/Daesh.
Foreign ministers discussed the situation in Syria, ahead of the Brussels Conference on Supporting the future of Syria and the region on 4-5 April 2017. The Council adopted the EU strategy for Syria.
The High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and the European Commission have today adopted a Joint Communication proposing a forward- looking EU strategy for Syria.
Ministers reconfirmed the EU engagement and focus on the Western Balkans, including through political and economic links. The Council also adopted conclusions setting out the progress achieved in implementing the EU global strategy in the area of security and defence.
The EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), which aims to boost goods and services trade and investment flows, was approved by the European Parliament on Wednesday. The landmark trade deal could apply provisionally from as early as April 2017.
Today, the Commission adopted its ninth progress report on the EU's emergency relocation and resettlement schemes, assessing actions taken since 8 December 2016.
EU foreign ministers reaffirmed the importance of Libya regaining its stability through an inclusive political settlement under the framework of the Libyan political agreement. The Council also discussed the Middle East peace process and the situation in Ukraine and in Egypt.
The Council discussed developments in Syria, for the first time since an agreement for cessation of hostilities was announced. In their discussion, ministers welcomed the agreement brokered and guaranteed by Russia and Turkey.
The Council discussed the revision of the European consensus on development, on the basis of a proposal from the European Commission. This revision will implement the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development.
Leaders' discussions focused on reforms in Ukraine. Since the last summit in 2015 Ukraine has worked on an ambitious reform agenda, with strong EU support.
MEPs want a temporary freeze on EU accession talks with Turkey. In a resolution they say Turkey should nonetheless remain “anchored” to the EU. They also pledge to review their position when the "disproportionate repressive measures" under the state of emergency in Turkey are lifted.
Today, the European Commission is setting out a strategic approach for achieving sustainable development in Europe and around the world.
The Council had a discussion on EU-NATO cooperation with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Ministers also adopted conclusions setting out the level of ambition and the way forward on the future development of EU security and defence policy.
The European Commission adopted today its annual Enlargement Package. It assesses where the countries of the Western Balkans and Turkey stand in implementing key political and economic reforms, and what needs to be done to address the remaining challenges.
The EU leaders and Canada met on 30 October in Brussels and signed the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, also known as CETA.
The Council adopted conclusions on Syria, strongly condemning the attacks by the regime and its allies, notably Russia, in particular the disproportionate and deliberate targeting of civilians, and humanitarian and health care personnel.
Today the European Border and Coast Guard Agency is being officially launched, less than a year after it was first proposed by the Commission.