The Prime Minister’s Office was informed that the leaders of the EU member states decided to limit the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, a common EU approach to wider testing, agreeing on the need to work on mutual recognition of tests and their results in the EU.
In his discussion, Kariņš emphasized to colleagues that one of the essential conditions for curbing the Covid-19 pandemic is a long-term change in public behavior, accepting physical distance, regular hand washing and disinfection, and the use of face masks where necessary.
EU leaders, discussing the latest results of vaccine clinical trials, acknowledged that they were encouraging and that Member States should be ready to make vaccines available to the public quickly when they become available.
Additional EU Heads of State and Government discussed a common EU approach to deregulation, stressing the need for caution in deregulation, which should be phased out so as not to lead to new outbreaks of the virus.
The European Council also heard a report from German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Head of Government of the EU Presidency, on the state of play regarding the approval of the EU’s draft multiannual budget. The EU Heads of State and Government agreed on the need to continue discussions with a view to reaching an agreement.