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Belarus, Turkey, China and single market on EU Summit agenda


The situation in Belarus and that in Turkey are two of the foreign policy issues that EU leaders will discuss when they meet in Brussels on 1–2 October. The heads of state and government will also discuss the European single market and relations with China.

The EU leaders meet in the Europa buildning in Brussels.
The EU heads of state and government will meet in Brussels 1-2 october. European Union

Foreign policy issues

The EU heads of state and government will begin the summit with a discussion of the EU’s relationship with China. They will then discuss the unstable situation in Belarus following the presidential election on 9 August and the nerve agent attack against Alexei Navalny.

In the evening, EU leaders will focus on the EU’s relations with Turkey. They will also discuss the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh.

Single market, industrial policy and digitalisation

On Friday, discussions will focus on the European single market. The point of departure for discussions will be how to improve industrial policy in the EU and what opportunities digitalisation offers.

At the end of the summit, EU leaders are expected to receive an update on the negotiations over the United Kingdom’s future relationship with the EU from chief negotiator Michel Barnier.

Sweden will be represented by Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin at the summit.

Minister for EU Affairs Hans Dahlgren will follow the summit closely on site in Brussels.


About the meeting on the European Council web