Video conference of the members of the European Council, 23 April 2020

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EU National leaders held a video conference on 23 April 2020 to discuss progress on the various dimensions of the European response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Leaders welcomed the Roadmap aimed at a common approach to lifting containment measures, as well as the Joint Roadmap for Recovery. The heads of state/government endorsed the Eurogroup's plan aiming to provide immediate support to address the economic impact of the pandemic.

There was also agreement on the establishment of a Recovery Fund, providing the European Commission with the mandate to analyse the needs and come up with a proposal. This could be connected to the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) 2021-2027.

Leaders also expressed their solidarity with Cyprus regarding the illegal drilling activities by Turkey, recalled and reaffirmed their previous conclusions on the issue. Finally, leaders decided to hold a video conference with the countries of the Western Balkans region on 6 May 2020.

The outcome of this video conference was subject to a debate during the plenary session of the European Parliament on 13 May 2020.

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European Council: Press Release, 23/04/2020: Conclusions of the President of the European Council following the video conference of the members of the European Council, 23 April 2020
European Commission: Statement by President von der Leyen at the joint press conference with President Michel, following the EU Leaders' videoconference on coronavirus of 23 April
European Parliament: Press Release, 23/04/2020: Statement by European Parliament President David Sassoli, following his speech to the European Council
European Council: Intervention by President Charles Michel at the European Parliament on the video conference of the members of the European Council of 23 April 2020 (13 May 2020)

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