Brexit and Covid-19 dominate EU council agenda meeting

European Council

At their first working session, EU Heads of State or Government will discuss the state of the negotiations on the future EU-UK partnership with the chief negotiator Michel Barnier. The Council will take stock of the implementation of the withdrawal agreement and review the state of the negotiations on the future EU-UK partnership. Leaders will discuss preparatory work for all scenarios after 1 January 2021, as the transition period will expire at the end of 2020.

European Union leaders will authorise their chief negotiator Michel Barnier to continue negotiations with Britain on a trade deal in “coming weeks”, draft conclusions of an EU summit in Brussels showed on Thursday, according to news agency Reuters.

Apart from Brexit, the summit which will start today in Brussels will discuss the Covid-19 epidemiological situation, as well as climate change and relations with Africa.

The European Council will look at the current epidemiological situation. Leaders will also discuss overall coordination and the work on the development and distribution of a vaccine at the EU level.

EU leaders will look at the progress made towards delivering the EU’s objective of climate neutrality by 2050. Following the adoption by the Commission of a 2030 Climate Target Plan, the EU leaders will hold an orientation debate on climate change-related issues.