EU to Fight for Open Trade, Paris Agreement at G20 Summit

Published July 6th, 2017 - 11:36 GMT
Protesters in Washington DC protest against Donald Trump's decision to withdraw the US from the Paris climate accord on June 2, 2017. (AFP)
Protesters in Washington DC protest against Donald Trump's decision to withdraw the US from the Paris climate accord on June 2, 2017. (AFP)

The European Union (EU) will push for the bolstering of free trade, the implementation of the Paris climate agreement and an intensification of the fight against terrorism at the upcoming G20 summit in Germany, the EU's top officials said on Wednesday.

In a joint letter to member states outlining EU priorities at the summit, European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker wrote that Europe's role and responsibility on the global stage were growing "in these turbulent times."

"More than ever the EU has become a global point of reference for all those who value the principles of liberal democracy and human rights, free and fair trade or concrete actions in facing global challenges, such as climate change, poverty, terrorism and illegal migration," they wrote.

The EU leaders pledged to use the G20 summit to make "the global economy work for all" by promoting balanced, inclusive and sustainable economic growth.

They noted that concerns over job losses and lower standards due to international trade - which have prompted US President Donald Trump to take a protectionist stance - should be tackled by "bolstering an open and fair rules-based multilateral trading system."

"These concerns must be addressed, not by erecting protectionist barriers, but by making trade and investment both free and fair," they wrote.

The EU officials will also push for climate action demonstrating that it is "good for economic growth and jobs;" pledge to step up the fight against terrorism; advance efforts to quell tax evasion; and encourage the sharing of responsibility when it comes to refugees and migrants.

 


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