Climate change and Russia on European Council agenda

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Prime Minister Stefan Löfven will meet with other EU leaders at the European Council in Brussels on 24–25 May. Items on the agenda include climate action, vaccine coordination and the situation in Russia. The EU leaders will also discuss the EU’s relations with the UK.

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Statsminister Stefan Löfven Foto: Kristian Pohl/Regeringskansliet

EU climate action

The European Council previously agreed on a binding EU target of a reduction in carbon emissions of at least 55 per cent by 2030 and climate neutrality by 2050. At the meeting, the EU leaders will engage in an orientation debate on how to proceed ahead of the Commission proposals to be presented in June.

External relations and the situation in Russia

The EU leaders will also discuss the situation in Russia. A previously scheduled discussion had been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The human rights situation and other conditions in Russia have now worsened and EU-Russia relations have also deteriorated. The EU leaders will also raise the issue of the passenger plane bound for Vilnius on 23 May that was forced to land in Minsk and the Belarusian journalist on board the plane who was subsequently arrested.

COVID-19 vaccine coordination

The EU leaders will hold a general discussion about COVID-19 vaccination and the situation in the Member States and globally. Issues will include vaccination and how to lift restrictions now that agreement has been reached on the EU digital COVID certificate. The leaders are also likely to discuss how vaccines should be distributed globally to ensure equitable access.

EU-UK relations

The leaders will discuss the EU’s relations with the UK, following the entry into force of the EU-UK trade and cooperation agreement on 1 May 2021.