EU summit to discuss foreign relations, economic recovery

The Single market, industrial policy and digital transformation are topics also on the agenda

Photo: EU Charles Michel.

On Thursday afternoon the EU leaders meet in Brussels at a Special Summit with a wide-ranging agenda, starting with foreign relations topics. The sitting was initially planned for 24-25 September, but has been postponed as EUCO President Charles Michel was in quarantine.

At their first working session the EU heads of state and government will be informed about relations with China, following the EU-China summit on 22 June 2020 and the leaders' meeting with President Xi on 14 September 2020.

 The leaders are also expected to discuss other foreign affairs issues, in particular the situation in Belarus, the poisoning of Alexei Navalny and the Nagorno-Karabakh escalation.

During a working dinner, the EU leaders will hold a strategic discussion on relations with Turkey and on the situation in the Eastern Mediterranean.

As President Michel wrote in his invitation letter to the EU leaders “our objective is to create a space for a constructive dialogue with Turkey to achieve stability and security in the whole region, and to ensure full respect for the sovereignty and sovereign rights of all EU Member States and this will only be possible if Turkey engages constructively”. All options remain on the table to defend the legitimate interests of the EU and its Member States, EUCO President stressed.

On Friday, the focus of the discussions will be on the single market, industrial policy and the digital transformation and it is expected the leaders to adopt conclusions on these matters. There will also be a brief information point on relations with the UK. 

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