Von der Leyen at the video conference of the members of the European Council discusses Southern Neighbourhood
March 1, 2021
EU leaders’ met via video conference on 25 and 26 February 2021. They discussed the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and the vaccination campaigns as well as EU’s security and defence. Focus on renewing EU’s partnership with the Southern Neighbourhood concluded the second day discussions.
The EU has mobilised € 2.3 billion in support for health and economy in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, and aims to support long-term socio-economic recovery of the region. “Under this plan [the Economic and Investment Plan for the Southern Neighbourhood], the Commission proposes to mobilise up to € 7 billion. In turn, this would help mobilise private and public investments worth up to € 30 billion,” von der Leyen said, highlighting the EU will continue to engage with the Southern Neighbourhood across all the areas where we share common challenges.