European Council: EU’s relations with Eastern partner countries remain of key strategic importance

European Council: EU’s relations with Eastern partner countries remain of key strategic importance

October 22, 2021

On 20 and 21 October, the European Council took place in Brussels, focusing on COVID-19, energy, trade, and external relations.

The Council reiterated the EU’s continued commitment to contributing to the international response to the pandemic and to ensuring access to vaccines for everyone. It called for rapid removal of obstacles hampering the global roll-out of vaccines and invited the Commission to further engage directly with manufacturers, in this respect.

As stated in the conclusions released by the European Council, “this will allow Member States to speed up the delivery of vaccines to countries most in need. The EU will continue to support the production and uptake of vaccines in partner countries”.

The European Council also discussed preparations for the Eastern Partnership Summit, which will take place on 15 December 2021. According to the conclusions, “the EU’s relations with this region remain of key strategic importance’’.

The European Council also reiterated its call on Belarusian authorities to release all political prisoners.

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