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Prime Minister Janez Janša attends European Council meeting

Today, Prime Minister Janez Janša took part in a video conference of the members of the European Council.

The leaders of EU Member States discussed the current COVID-19 epidemiological situation. The EU's priority is to speed up the deployment of vaccines across the EU. To this end, efforts should be stepped up to accelerate the production and delivery of vaccines, and to ensure greater transparency and predictability of delivery. EU leaders agreed that companies must respect contractual delivery deadlines and confirmed the pro-rata population key for the allocation of vaccines.

EU leaders also discussed the developments in the Eastern Mediterranean. Among other things, they pointed out that the EU is ready to engage with Turkey in a phased, proportionate and reversible manner to enhance cooperation. Furthermore, EU leaders were informed about the latest developments in relations between the EU and Russia.

Today's discussion at the European Council also revolved around the economic and digital agenda, followed by a video conference of the members of the Euro Summit with ECB President Christine Lagarde and Eurogroup President Paschal Donohoe on the international role of the euro.  The leaders agreed on a joint statement where they expressed their support for strengthening the position of the euro on the global stage in order to strengthen the EU’s strategic autonomy while preserving an open economy, contributing to the stability of the global financial system, and supporting European businesses and households.

In the evening, EU leaders met with US President Joe Biden via video conference to discuss strategic issues related to transatlantic relations.