Pre-Summit Briefing & European Council Notes 2020/2-3

Peter Ludlow

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Journal - e + print

EuroComment’s Pre-Summit Briefings and European Council Notes are uniquely valuable. Launched twenty years ago and based on a wide range of published and unpublished sources, including interviews with key players, they provide a continuous, highly readable and independent narrative of the politics and policies of the European Council, the EU’s principal decision-making institution.

From February 2020 onwards, the Pre-Summit Briefings and the European Council Notes will be published by Leuven University Press under the name European Council Studies. The mission and ambition will remain unchanged. A subscription to European Council Studies covers both the Pre-Summit Briefings and the European Council Notes. European Council Studies remains an online series that follows the meeting pace of the EU Council, resulting in a minimum of 4 issues and a maximum of 10 issues annually. A print edition is also available.

This new series by Leuven University Press should be of interest to everybody inside or outside government who is involved in or with the European Union.

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Print ISSN:  2684-3390
Online ISSN: 2684-4966
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Pre-Summit Briefing 2020/02 
26 March: A Question of Leadership

Pre-Summit Briefing 2020/03 
23 April: An Exit Strategy and a Roadmap for Recovery

European Council Notes 2020/02-03 
March and April: Dealing with Covid-19 by Video

1. The EU’s handling of the Covid-19 crisis: criteria and constraints 
2. The early days of Europe’s Covid-19 crisis 
3. The European Council’s first video conference on 10 March 
4. Developments between 10 and 17 March 
5. The European Council’s second video conference on 17 March 
6. 18 to 25 March 
7. The European Council’s video conference of 26 March 
8. The significance of the 26 March video conference 
9. The immediate aftermath of the 26 March European Council 
10. From the four presidents’ meeting of 31 March to the Euro Group’s Report of 9 April 
11. The preliminaries to the video conference of 23 April 
12. The 23 April video meeting 
12.1. Covid-19 
 12.2. Other Business 
13. The significance of the 23 April video conference 
14. The European Council’s handling of Covid-19 in March and April 
14.1. The scope and character of the response 
14.2. The dynamics 
14.3. Leadership in the European Union 
14.4. The communication problem 
14.5. The future 

Format: Journal - e + print

Size: 254 × 178 mm

ISBN: 9789461653185

Publication: March 25, 2020

Series: European Council Studies 2-3

Languages: English