Summit Briefings & European Council Notes 2021/1-2-3

Peter Ludlow

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Journal - e + print

  • Pre-Summit Briefing 2021/01 - 21 January
  • Pre-Summit Briefing 2021/02 - 25-26 February
  • Pre-Summit Briefing 2021/03 - 24 March
  • Post-Summit Briefing 2021/01 - 21 January: Covid-19
  • Post-Summit Briefing 2021/02 - Covid-19, Health, Security and Defence and the Southern Neighbourhood
  • Post-Summit Briefing 2021/03 - Covid-19, the Eastern Mediterranean, Russia, the European economy, a Euro Summit and President Biden
  • European Council Notes 2021/01-03 - January to March: Vaccinating Europe

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 Launched twenty years ago and based on a wide range of published and unpublished sources, including interviews with key players, they provide a continuous, highly readable and independent narrative of the politics and policies of the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 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 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.

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Pre-Summit Briefing 2021/01 
21 January: Covid-19

Pre-Summit Briefing 2021/02 
25-26 February: Covid-19, Health, Security and Defence, the Southern Neighbourhood

Pre-Summit Briefing 2021/03
25-26 March: Covid-19, the European economy, Turkey, Russia and a Euro Summit

European Council Notes 2021/01-03 
January to March: Vaccinating Europe

1 The European Council of 21 January 
1.1 Ursula von der Leyen’s opening remarks 
1.2 The round table discussion 
1.3 Von der Leyen’s reply to the debate 
1.4 Michel’s Oral Conclusions 
1.5 The significance of the January video conference 

2 The video conferences of 25-26 February: Covid-19 and Security and Defence 
2.1 25 February: Covid-19 
2.1.1 Von der Leyen states her case 
2.1.2 The debate 
2.1.3 Von der Leyen’s reply to the debate 
2.1.4 The significance of the session on Covid and Health 
2.2 Security, Defence and the Southern Neighbourhood 

3 The European Council of 25 March 
3.1 Covid 19 
3.1.1 Von der Leyen’s opening statement 
3.1.2 The debate 
3.1.3 The March discussion about Covid-19 in perspective 
3.2 Eastern Mediterranean 
3.3 Russia 
3.4 Single Market, Industrial Policy, Digital and the Economy 
3.5 The Euro Summit 
3.6 Biden 

Format: Journal - e + print

Size: 254 × 178 mm

ISBN: 9789461653369

Publication: January 21, 2021

Series: European Council Studies

Languages: English