International Treaty on Pandemics Needed

Council president Charles Michel is calling for an international Treaty on Pandemics.  On Tuesday, he said, “The COVID-19 pandemic is indeed much more than “just a health” issue. It has cut across every sector of our societies. Highlighting our strengths and exposing our weaknesses. And above all, it has taught us one brutal lesson –…

The Future of Western Sahara

Louis Michel, Former State Minister, and Jacques Brotchi, honorary Président of the Belgium Senate issued the following joint communiqué today. “In politics, “momentum” is decisive. It makes us understand the need to go along with history. This is why we ask ourselves the question of the future of Western Sahara tossed around over the years,…

Council Statement on EU-China Relations

The Council issued a statement after this week’s EU/China video conference. Council President Charles Michel stated, “I’m pleased that we could speak by video conference with President Xi, with Ursula von der Leyen and Chancellor Angela Merkel. Unfortunately, our physical meeting in Leipzig wasn’t possible. Europe needs to be a player, not a playing field….

Statement by President von der Leyen on reaching a swift and ambitious agreement on the European recovery package

Reaching a swift and ambitious agreement on the European recovery package is the EU’s highest priority for the coming weeks.  The Commission has made proposals that respond forcefully to Europe’s recovery needs and will lay the foundations for a more sustainable and resilient economy for future generations. Since the Commission tabled its proposals for NextGenerationEU…

Celebrating European Solidarity

Today is the 70th Anniversary of the signing of the Schuman Declaration, which was originally presented by French foreign minister Robert Schuman on 9 May 1950. The Declaration proposed the creation of a European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC) between France, West Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg, to enable these countries to pool…

Michel’s ‘Phone Call with Putin

A ‘phone call between the president of the European Council Charles Michel and president Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation took place yesterday on Thursday January 16, 2020. This was the first contact between Charles Michel, in his capacity as President of the European Council, and Russian President Vladimir Putin. The timing was planned so…

Inauguration of the New Commission

The EU needs to “turn the promises of the past few months into results that improve people’s lives” That was the message on Sunday from parliament’s president David Sassoli who was speaking in Brussels. He joined the Presidents of the three EU institutions and the European Central Bank to mark the inauguration of the new Commission and…