THE EU AT THE G8/G20
Originally a G8 summit was scheduled to take place in Sochi (Russia) in early June under Russian presidency. At their meeting 24 March in The Hague, the G7 leaders (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States, the President of the European Council and the President of the European Commission) decided to meet in Brussels on 4-5 June 2014 in the G7 format instead.
THE EU AT THE G7
The European Union hosted for the first time a G7 Summit, which took place on 4-5 June 2014 in Brussels. The EU was represented by European Commission President Barroso, together with European Council President Van Rompuy.
At a working dinner on the first day, G7 leaders addressed the situation in Ukraine, the relations with Russia as well as other Foreign Affairs issues. They welcomed, amongst others, the successful conduct of the Presidential elections in Ukraine, commended President-elect Poroshenko for reaching out to all the people of Ukraine, and declared themselves united in condemning the Russian Federation’s continuing violation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. After the meeting, the G7 leaders issued a joint Leaders' Communiqué on foreign policy..
The G7 leaders continued their discussions on the following day, with an agenda focussing on the global economy, trade, energy security, climate change and development, and issued the Brussels G7 Summit Declaration.
President Barroso assessed the results of the summit positively. In his remarks at the closing press conference he said:
"Some time ago we were not expecting to be meeting here in Brussels for this G7, but it was well worth it. It was a very successful summit with very good conversations and with a very remarkable level of convergence. On a range of geo-strategic issues we have a unity and common determination to lead the global response. (…)We have agreed a strong and clear stance on Ukraine and we have also given further proof of our commitment and action on trade, energy, climate change and development. But this meeting was much more than agreeing a piece of paper, a communiqué. Because the multitude of serious challenges we are all facing has once again demonstrated the importance of close cooperation between like-minded partners that share the values of freedom and democracy. Here in Brussels, at this very important G7 Summit, we have reaffirmed with force and conviction our commitment to these values and to an international order based on the rule of law." (Read his full remarks).
In the margins of the G7 summit, President Barroso met Japan's Prime Minister Shinzō Abe together with the President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy. On a bilateral basis he met Prime Minister Harper of Canada and Prime Minister Cameron of the United Kingdom.
The Brussels G7 Summit is the 10th G8/G7 Summit of President Barroso, who attended the G8 for the first time in Gleneagles in 2005. Council President Van Rompuy has been attending the G8 since the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty (1 December 2009).
PRESS RELEASES AND STATEMENTS
- Closing Remarks by President Barroso (Press conference 05/06/14)
- G7 Leaders’ Communiqué, June 2014 (05/06/2014)
- G7 Leaders’ Communiqué, June 2014 – Foreign Policy (04/06/2014)
- Remarks by President Barroso ahead of the G7 Summit (Press conference 04/06/14)
- The European Union at the G7 Summit in Brussels on 4-5 June 2014 (Press Release 03/06/2014)
- G7 Summit in Brussels, 4 – 5 June 2014: Background note and facts about the EU's role and actions (Factsheet 03/06/2104)
VIDEOS AND PHOTOS
José Manuel Barroso
Working Dinner for Heads of State/Government
José Manuel Barroso, Herman van Rompuy, Barack Obama.