At a special summit in Brussels on 16 July, EU heads of state and government agreed to widen the scope for targeted sanctions against individuals and entities in light of the conflict in Ukraine. Regarding the conflict in Gaza, they urged both sides to refrain from violence.
Jean Claude Juncker has been nominated for the position of President of the European Commission. This was decided at the European Council meeting in Brussels on 27 June. The heads of state and government also increased the political pressure on Russia by setting a 72-hour deadline for de-escalating the situation in Ukraine, failing which the EU will impose further sanctions.
In response to the Russian intervention in Crimea, the European Council has agreed on adding a number of names to the previously established sanctions list. These individuals will have their assets frozen and will be subject to entry bans to the EU. The European Council also discussed the EU strategy for jobs and growth. Moreover, the heads of state and government had their first discussion on the new climate and energy goals for 2030.
The EU's new growth and employment strategy Europe 2020 is to get the EU countries' economies moving and create more jobs and higher growth.