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Leaders agreed to further connect both continents to boost trade, improve security, preserve the environment and bring societies closer. They also discussed foreign and security issues.
The European Commission adopted the EU-Vietnam trade and investment agreements, paving the way for their signature and conclusion. Through this adoption, the Commission is demonstrating its commitment to putting these agreements in place as soon as possible.
Foreign ministers discussed the most pressing issues on the international agenda; among them the case of the missing Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, where the EU expects full and transparent investigation by the Saudi authorities in full cooperation with the Turkish authorities.
With sustainable, comprehensive and rules-based connectivity at its core, the Communication will help to guide the EU's external action in this field and is a part of the implementation of its Global Strategy.
The European Commission has today put forward a first set of ideas to modernise the WTO and to make international trade rules fit for the challenges of the global economy.
President Juncker stresses the need for Europe to become more sovereign so as to be able to play a role in shaping global affairs.
Following the conclusion of the EU-Japan talks on personal data protection in July 2018, the Commission launched the procedure for the adoption of its adequacy decision.
EU and Japanese leaders signed two landmark agreements to increase their cooperation at the 25th EU-Japan summit.
The Council discussed Libya following the visit by the High Representative Federica Mogherini to the country on 14 July, where she inaugurated the premises of the European Union Delegation in Tripoli.
The EU and China agreed to further develop the EU-China strategic partnership at the 20th EU-China summit. Leaders expressed their joint support for rules-based trade and reaffirmed their joint engagement to reform the World Trade Organisation.
The NATO summit was an opportunity to follow up on EU-NATO cooperation. The EU and NATO signed a new joint declaration just ahead of the summit on 10 July 2018.
The Council adopted conclusions on the EU's enlargement policy and the stabilisation and association process. It also adopted without discussion updated aviation safety rules, including a revised mandate for the European Aviation Safety Agency and the first ever EU-wide rules for civil drones.
The annual report on Trade and Investment Barriers shows that the European Commission has eliminated the highest number ever of trade barriers faced by EU companies doing business abroad. European exporters reported a major increase in protectionism in 2017.
The Council adopted conclusions on security and defence. It also adopted a decision setting out governance rules for projects undertaken under PESCO, and approved the overarching high-level part of the military requirements for military mobility within and beyond the EU.
In the capital of New Zealand, Wellington, Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström and New Zealand's Minister for Trade David Parker officially launched talks for a comprehensive and ambitious trade agreement.