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The EU-Japan leaders' meeting took place via video conference. The leaders recognised that global solidarity, cooperation and effective multilateralism are required more than ever to defeat the virus as well as to ensure economic recovery.
EU leaders agreed on the Zagreb declaration, which focused on the future relations and cooperation to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. The EU has mobilised over 3.3 billion euro to help the region deal with the crisis.
Under the new EU-Mexico agreement, practically all trade in goods between the EU and Mexico will be duty-free. The agreement also now includes progressive rules on sustainable development, such as a commitment to effectively implementing the Paris Climate Agreement. It is also the first time that the EU agrees with a Latin American country on issues concerning investment protection. Simpler customs procedures will further help boost exports.
Foreign affairs ministers had an exchange of views on current affairs, including on Libya, Turkey and Afghanistan, and held a discussion on how to support Ukraine and other countries in the Eastern partnership in times of Covid-19 pandemic.
EU development ministers held an informal meeting via videoconference to discuss the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide and greenlighted the launch of a “Team Europe” package.
EU Foreign Ministers discussed international aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic, focusing on consular coordination and repatriation, strengthening international cooperation and assistance, and disinformation.
The Council today adopted a decision on the conclusion of a free trade agreement (FTA) between the EU and Vietnam. This decision clears the path, on the EU side, for the entry into force of the agreement.
EU ministers responsible for European affairs gave their political agreement to the opening of accession negotiations with Albania and the Republic of North Macedonia.
Ministers exchanged views on the international response to the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), with a particular focus on the repatriation of EU travellers stranded abroad. Ministers also discussed how to step up international cooperation and solidarity in order to support the most fragile countries.
The European Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy have put forward a proposal for the long-term policy objectives of the Eastern Partnership beyond 2020.
Presidents Charles Michel and Ursula von der Leyen met President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Brussels. The leaders discussed bilateral relations, the implementation of the EU-Turkey statement on migration, security, stability in the region and the crisis in Syria.
The European Commission and the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy proposed the basis for a new strategy with Africa. The communication sets out proposals to intensify cooperation through partnerships in five key areas: green transition; digital transformation; sustainable growth and jobs; peace and governance; and migration and mobility.
Foreign affairs ministers discussed the crisis in Idlib and the situation at the EU external borders with Turkey. The Council adopted a statement.
The Council adopted a statement on the situation at the EU's external borders. In this statement, the Council expresses its solidarity with Greece, Bulgaria, Cyprus and other member states which might be similarly affected, including in efforts to manage the EU's external borders.