Latvian Foreign Minister supports joint EU approach to COVID-19

On October 13, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia, Edgars Rinkēvičs, took part in the meeting of the European Union General Affairs Council in Luxembourg, Foreign Affairs Ministry said in a release.

EU Foreign Ministers discussed and adopted a recommendation to promote a coordinated approach by EU Member States as well as criteria in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Latvia supports the need for greater and closer coordination between EU Member States concerning national measures taken to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, Foreign Minister Rinkēvičs said, according to the Ministry's release.

Setting out common thresholds and criteria for travel restrictions will help avoid fragmentation and provide transparency and predictability for persons and businesses.

EU Foreign Ministers discussed progress in the trilogue with the European Parliament about the EU’s Multiannual Financial Framework and a new recovery instrument, Next Generation EU. With the agreement still pending, the Ministers called for making every effort so that the agreement could be reached as soon as possible and EU funds would help EU economies recover from the crisis.

 

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