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G7 summit, Biarritz, France

Biarritz, Frankrijk
wikipedia/Florian Pépellin
datum 24 augustus 2019 - 26 augustus 2019
plaats Biarritz, Frankrijk
locatie Biarritz, France Toon locatie
aanwezigen D.F. (Donald) Tusk, E.J.M.F. (Emmanuel) Macron e.a.

Media information

Information on press arrangements can be found in the media advisory note.

Agenda highlights

President Donald Tusk will represent the EU at the G7 summit. He will discuss global challenges with the leaders of the G7 countries in areas such as the economy, foreign policy, the protection of the environment.

The summit takes place under the French presidency of the G7, which is centred around the fight against inequalities. In this context, the French G7 presidency has adjusted the format of the G7 to involve the leaders of the African Union, the IMF, the OECD, the UN and the World Bank.

The G7 summit will be an opportunity for the EU to defend the rules-based order and its organisations as the best approach for global governance.

Foreign policy and security affairs

Leaders will discuss pressing foreign and security issues, such as:

  • Iran
  • Ukraine
  • Libya
  • the situation in Syria and the Middle East
  • the Korean peninsula
  • Venezuela

G7 leaders are expected to focus on relations with Iran following the country's decision to reduce the implementation of certain aspects of the nuclear deal.

Trade

Leaders will discuss the global economic outlook and issues related to trade. They will also discuss international taxation, especially in the digital sector.

Leaders are expected to discuss how to safeguard the rules-based trading system. The summit will also be an opportunity to discuss ways to de-escalate current trade tensions.

The reform of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) is also on the agenda, following the commitment made at the G20 summit in Osaka to modernise the WTO.

Africa

G7 leaders are expected to endorse a new framework between the G7 and Africa. Leaders will seek to co-develop with African partners concrete tools to support sustainable economic development across the continent.

In addition, a specific G7 action plan on the Sahel is expected to be endorsed to improve development and security cooperation.

The EU will also announce financial support to the African Development Bank's "Affirmative Finance Action for Women in Africa" (AFAWA).

Fighting against inequalities and women's empowerment

Leaders are expected to underline the significance of women's participation in the labour market, and to highlight the importance of education for girls and women, especially in developing countries. G7 partners will also commit to specific areas of action to progress on gender equity.

As regards financial commitments, the EU will announce an important contribution to the replenishment of the Global Fund against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Leaders are also expected to lend support to the creation of an "International Fund for Survivors of Conflict-Related Sexual Violence", with the EU committing to a concrete financial contribution.

Climate change and oceans

On climate change, the EU will reaffirm its commitment to the full and effective implementation of the Paris Agreement.

Leaders will follow-up on the G7 Ocean Plastics Charter agreed last year at their summit in Canada and discuss further initiatives to reduce plastic pollution.

G7 leaders are also expected to endorse a charter on biodiversity, as adopted by the G7 environment ministers last May. The charter aims to boost efforts to halt biodiversity loss and to sustain a healthy planet.

Digital transformation

Leaders are also expected to discuss the digital transformation and how to ensure that it is open, free and secure. The discussion will focus on how to defend our democratic societies and institutions as well as our electoral processes from foreign threats. Leaders will also exchange views on how to continue the fight against terrorist content online.

Programme

24/08/2019

11:00

Press briefing by European Council President Donald Tusk

19:30

Official welcome by French President Emmanuel Macron

20:30

Informal dinner of the G7 leaders

25/08/2019

09:30

Working session

13:00

Working lunch - The fight against inequality

14:00

Presentation of the report by the G7 Gender Equality Advisory Council

15:00

Working session - The G7 partnership with Africa

19:00

Extended dinner with spouses

26/08/2019

10:00

Extended working session - Climate, biodiversity, oceans

13:00

Extended working lunch - Digital transformation

14:45

G7 closing session

About the French G7 presidency

France holds the G7 presidency until 31 December 2019 and will host the G7 meeting in Biarritz.

Under its G7 presidency, France will aim to combat the root causes of inequality. The French G7 presidency will focus on five priorities in the fight against inequality:

  • fighting inequality of opportunity
  • fighting inequality related to environmental degradation
  • security and counter-terrorism
  • fighting inequality through digital development and artificial intelligence
  • combating inequality through a renewed partnership with Africa

For more information visit the G7 summit website:

About the G7 summit

The G7 summit is a forum that plays an important role in shaping global responses to global challenges, complementing the global economic coordination carried out by the G20.

It brings together leaders from the EU and the following countries:

  • Canada
  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • the United Kingdom
  • the United States

This summit follows the G7 Summit in Charlevoix, Canada.

Leaders have been meeting in the G7 format since 2014 following the Russian Federation's violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity.

The EU as G7 member

In 1977, representatives of the then European Community began participating in the London summit. Originally, the role of the EU was limited to those areas in which it had exclusive competences, but this role has expanded over time.

The EU has gradually been included in all political discussions on the summit agenda and , from the Ottawa summit (1981) onwards, has taken part in all summit working sessions.

The EU has all the responsibilities of membership. The summit communiqué is politically binding on all G7 members.

The rotation of the presidency is as follows: Japan in 2016, Italy in 2017, Canada in 2018, France in 2019, and the USA in 2020.


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