Week 46 of 2020 has been more active at the international than at the domestic level. While the continent keeps battling coronavirus, the Commission announced the creation of a European Health Union. The Commission also proposed its first-ever EU LGBTIQ strategy, linking it to recent advancements made on the rule of law. In parallel, Council and Parliament negotiators reached a budget deal on the next MFF.
While EU leaders celebrated Joe Biden’s election victory, the EU officially increased tariffs for US exports worth $4bn over its recent WTO win against the US over unfair Boeing subsidies. The Commission also notified Amazon over its alleged breach of EU antitrust rules. The New Consumer Agenda was also launched, entrenching consumer rights along the green transition and our economy’s digital transformation.
At the external level, the Commission published its report on the state of affairs of EU free trade agreements. The EU held a summit with Western Balkan leaders, and took part in a Union for the Mediterranean trade summit. The EU also held its annual EU Ambassadors’ meeting (online this time). You can read here the speeches made on the occasion by Presidents von der Leyen and Michel, and High Representative Borrell.