COVID-19 response coordination on European Council agenda

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Coordination of COVID-19 testing and deployment of vaccines are two of the issues that Prime Minister Stefan Löfven will discuss when he meets other EU leaders via a video conference of the European Council on Thursday afternoon.

Swedish Prime Minsister Stefan Löfven at a press conference at a previous meeting in Brussels.
Prime Minister Stefan Löfven will represent Sweden at the video conference. Photo: Representation of Sweden to the EU

The heads of state and government will exchange experiences of different testing methods and discuss mutual recognition of tests for travel within the EU. The work to produce and distribute a vaccine and how it will be deployed will also be raised at the meeting. The EU leaders will also look to the future and discuss different countries’ thinking regarding restrictions in the longer term.

The meeting will begin with Angela Merkel, as representative of the German Presidency of the EU, briefly updating the EU leaders on the negotiations on the EU’s long-term budget and respect for the rule of law in relation to the long-term budget

This is the EU leaders’ second video conference on coordination of the COVID-19 response since the summer.

More about the video conference 19 November