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During a video conference, EU foreign affairs ministers were briefed about the outcome of the US elections, and the situation in Afghanistan, Belarus, Nagorno Karabakh, the Eastern Mediterranean and Ethiopia. They discussed multilateralism, and exchanged views with the Palestinian Foreign Minister, Riyad al-Maliki.
Ministers took stock of the US elections and underlined the importance of the trans-Atlantic relations to deal with the challenges of our time, especially in the context of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.
EU leaders met via video conference on 29 October 2020 and discussed the need to strengthen the collective effort to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. They focused on testing and tracing policies, and on vaccines. Leaders also addressed the terrorist attacks in France and the relations with Turkey.
The leaders re-affirmed their determination to continue joint efforts to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic in keeping with shared principles and values of democracy, human rights and the rule of law, and based on the EU-Canada Strategic Partnership Agreement.
On 15 and 16 October, the European Council adopted conclusions on COVID-19, EU-UK relations, climate change and external relations.
Foreign affairs ministers exchanged views on Belarus, Russia, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue, and current affairs. The Council also adopted conclusions on Belarus.
At the 22nd EU-Ukraine summit President Michel, President Zelenskyy and High Representative Borrell discussed the socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Association Agreement and foreign policy issues.
The Commission adopted its Communication on EU enlargement policy and the 2020 Enlargement Package. The annual reports, assessing the implementation of fundamental reforms in the Western Balkans and Turkey, are presented together with clearer and more precise recommendations and guidance on the next steps.
On 1 and 2 October 2020, the European Council adopted conclusions on COVID-19, the Single Market, industrial policy, digital and on external relations.
Foreign affairs ministers discussed Libya, EU-African Union relations, Belarus, and current affairs. They also adopted new sanctions on Libya.
The meeting was a follow-up to the 22nd EU-China summit that took place on 22 June and was chaired by President Michel on the EU side and President Xi on the Chinese side.
The members of the European Council held a video conference on 19 August. They discussed the situation which unfolded in the aftermath of the presidential elections in Belarus on 9 August. EU leaders also addressed developments in the Eastern Mediterranean and in Mali.
EU exports to Vietnam will be taxed less as of tomorrow, 1 August. This is the immediate effect of the entry into force of the EU-Vietnam trade agreement that will ultimately scrap duties on 99% of all goods traded between the two sides. Doing business in Vietnam will also become easier for European companies: they will now be able to invest and pitch for government contracts with equal chances to their local competitors.