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Brexit and climate change at the EU summit
The EU’s future relationship with the UK and climate targets for 2030 are two topics that Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and other EU leaders will address when they meet in Brussels on 15–16 October. The heads of state and government will also discuss EU-Africa relations and a coordinated approach to COVID-19.
EU’s future relationship with UK
The summit will begin with chief negotiator Michel Barnier updating EU leaders on the negotiations with the UK on the future relationship with the EU.
The negotiations have been going on during the spring and summer. Still to be negotiated are the design of the rules for fair competition, what the fisheries agreement should include and how disputes will be settled.
When the UK left the EU at midnight on 31 January, a transition period began that runs until the end of 2020. During the transition period, the EU and the UK are to negotiate an agreement on the future relationship between them.
EU climate targets for 2030
To achieve climate neutrality by 2050, EU Member States must review their climate targets for the next few years. Negotiations on a European Climate Law have been under way since the spring and in September, the European Commission proposed new climate targets for 2030. At the summit, the heads of state and government will hold an orientation debate on which climate targets the EU should achieve by 2030.
EU leaders will also have a general discussion on the situation concerning the pandemic in the Member States and on the EU recommendation that Member States that have chosen to introduce restrictions that affect free movement in the Union should coordinate their measures. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen will update the heads of state and government on efforts to produce a vaccine.
The heads of state and government will also discuss EU-Africa relations ahead of the upcoming summit between the UN and the African Union. Among the topics discussed will be how cooperation between EU Member States and countries in Africa can be improved and deepened.
Prime Minister Stefan Löfven will represent Sweden at the summit in Brussels.