COVID-19: Council takes steps to ensure institutional continuity

March 23, 2020
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The Council is taking measures to ensure the continuity of its work in the current exceptional circumstances caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. On 23 March, it agreed on a temporary derogation to its Rules of Procedure to make it easier to take decisions by written procedure.

This derogation allows EU ambassadors to decide to use the written procedure in accordance with the voting rule applicable for the adoption of the act itself. It means that the existing requirement for unanimity for all decisions to use the written procedure no longer applies.

The decision will apply for one month and may be renewed if justified by a continuation of the current exceptional circumstances.

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Countries covered:

  • Algeria
  • Egypt
  • Israel
  • Jordan
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Morocco
  • Palestine *
  • Syria *
  • Tunisia