Von der Leyen at the video conference of the members of the European Council discusses Southern Neighbourhood

March 1, 2021
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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.


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Press release

Statement by President von der Leyen

Countries covered:

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