European heads of states and governments arrived for the first day of the two-day European Council summit in Brussels on Thursday, which was chaired by European Council President Charles Michel for the first time since he was elected to the role in July.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin and... Еще Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte were among the heads of states and government that attended.
«Climate change is the number one priority for this afternoon's meeting. I hope we will have an agreement,» stated Michel, adding that «we will have a very important decision and I hope it will be possible to reach an agreement during this summit.»
«The EU Commission presented its plan for climate protection yesterday, a so-called 'Green Deal',» stated German Chancellor Angela Merkel. «Germany supports that vision that Ursula von der Leyen presented and Germany has compelled itself to reach carbon neutrality by 2050,» she added.
As well as climate change, EU leaders are also expected to discuss a range of foreign issues, including the EU's long-term budget. During the second day of the summit, leaders are expected to discuss Brexit preparations.