EU leaders will meet in Brussels to discuss further coordination on COVID-19, climate change, security and external relations. On December 11th EU leaders will also meet for the Euro Summit.
Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković is still in self-isolation after testing positive for the coronavirus on November 30th. And while he was to be released from self-isolation tomorrow, as a result of mild respiratory problems Plenković will have to remain in self-isolation and miss tomorrow's European Union summit in Brussels.
"Given that I will not be able to travel to Brussels tomorrow, I spoke with President Zoran Milanović and offered that he go and represent Croatia in my place. He expressed his appreciation for the consideration but declined my offer given the subject matter on tomorrow's agenda. I then proposed that we authorize Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Janša represent Croatia, which the president agreed to. In the meantime I talked with Mr. Janša and he accepted the offer to represent Croatia in Brussels tomorrow," the prime minister said on Wednesday.
The European Council will take stock of the situation and discuss the overall coordination effort in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including work on vaccines and testing and the gradual lifting of restrictions. EU leaders will aim to agree a new EU emissions reduction target for 2030. This will allow the EU to submit its updated nationally determined contribution to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change before the end of 2020. The European Council will address security issues and in particular the fight against terrorism and violent extremism, including online. EU Interior Ministers are also expected to adopt a joint statement on the recent terrorist attacks in Europe on November 13th 2020. While the European Council will hold a discussion on EU-US relations following the presidential elections in the United States. In line with its conclusions of October 2020, the European Council will also return to the situation in the Eastern Mediterranean and relations with Turkey. European leaders will also discuss EU relations with the “Southern Neighbourhood.” Finally, a Euro Summit in an inclusive format will be held on December 11th, focusing on the banking union and the capital markets union.
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