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G7 Brussels Summit Agenda
June 4-5, 2014
The leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States, the President of the European Council and the President of the European Commission (G7 leaders) will meet in Brussels on 4-5 June 2014 in the G7 format.
G7 leaders will discuss foreign policy issues, and in particular the situation in Ukraine and the relations with Russia, as well as the global economy and trade, energy, climate change and development.
The European Union is a full member of the G8 (and the G20) and is jointly represented by the European Council President and the European Commission President.
It is the first time that the EU hosts a summit and that it takes place in Brussels. The two-day meeting, at the Council of the European Union - Justus Lipsius building, will begin at 8 p.m. on Wednesday 4 June and end on Thursday 5 June around 3 p.m.
10.00 EU bilateral meeting with Prime Minister of Japan Shinz? Abe
15:00 Pre-summit press briefing by Presidents Van Rompuy and Barroso
19:30 Arrival of participants and official welcome
20:00 Working dinner on the situation in Ukraine, relations with Russia and other foreign policy topics
09:30 – 10:40 First working session on global economy and trade
10:40 Family photo
10:50 - 12:00 Second working session on energy security and climate change
12:00 - 14:00 Working lunch on development
Exact time TBC Closing press conference by Presidents Van Rompuy and Barroso
Originally a G8 summit was scheduled to take place in Sochi (Russia) in early June under Russian presidency. Due to the Russian Federation's violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity, the G7 leaders decided, at their meeting in The Hague (Netherlands) on 24 march 2014, to meet in Brussels on 4-5 June 2014 in the G7 format instead.
In 1977, representatives of the then European Community began participating in the London Summit. The first G7 summit was held two years earlier, in 1975 in Rambouillet (France). Originally, the EU had a limited role to those areas in which it had exclusive competences, but the EU's role has grown with time. The European Commission was gradually included in all political discussions on the summit agenda and took part in all summit working sessions, as of the Ottawa Summit (1981). Commission President Barroso, who attended the G8 for the first time in Gleneagles in 2005, is participating for the 10th time, while Council President Van Rompuy has been attending the G8/G7 since the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty (2009).
The Commission and the European Council have all the responsibilities of membership. The summit communiqué is politically binding for all G7 members.
The Presidency will continue in its rotation to Germany in 2015, Japan in 2016, Italy in 2017, Canada in 2018, France in 2019, and the USA in 2020.
Source: European Council
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