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The Heads of State and Government of the European Union (EU) urged to continue the work of general coordination “based on the best available scientific knowledge” against the COVID-19, in aspects such as quarantines or restrictions on travel from outside the EU.

This petition to the Commission and to the member states came after the leaders of the Twenty-seven had evaluated “the current epidemiological situation, which is unprecedented and is very worrying “, according to the text of the conclusions published at the end of the first day of the European summit that takes place this Thursday and Friday in Brussels.

Measures to follow

The leaders urge this coordination “with regard to the quarantine regulations, tracing cross-border contacts, testing strategies, joint evaluation of testing methods, mutual recognition of testing, and the time restriction of non-essential travel to the EU, “the text says.

The Twenty-seven also agreed that “the European Council will periodically return to this matter.”

The document highlights that the Twenty-Seven welcome “the progress made to date in overall coordination at the EU level with regard to COVID-19, including the recommendation on a coordinated approach to restriction of free movement“.

Advancement of the pandemic

This statement comes on the same day that the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC for its acronym in English), has started publishing maps with data on the situation of the disease. pandemic in Europe, as recommended days ago by the Council of the European Union itself.

The maps, which will be published every Thursday, apply that recommendation, approved last Tuesday within the package of measures aimed at coordinating the restriction of movements in the EU in response to the spread of covid-19.

The long-awaited vaccine

Furthermore, EU leaders welcome “the work done at EU level in relation to the development and distribution of a vaccine“.

Even so, the European Council reiterates “the need for a robust process of authorization and surveillance, to build vaccination capacity in the EU and make access to the vaccine fair and affordable, and encourages continued cooperation globally. “

Relationship with the UK

In addition to analyzing the situation generated by the new wave of coronavirus in the EU, on the first day of the summit the EU Heads of State and Government studied the situation of the negotiations on the future relationship with the UK and they examined European ambitions in reducing CO2 emissions.

On the future political and commercial relationship with the United Kingdom, the Twenty-seven gave their approval intensify negotiations with the aim of reaching an agreement around the end of October.

On reduction of CO2 emissions agreed to accelerate the pace of cuts by 2030, based on the European Commission (EC) proposal to cut them by 55% compared to 1990 levels compared to the current target of 40%.

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