28 Jun
G-20 Summit Japan Osaka

G-20: EU focus on multilateralism and the digital economy

G20 leaders will meet in Osaka on 28-29 June as Japan holds the G20 presidency for the first time.

President Donald Tusk will represent the EU at the summit along with the President of the European Commission.

Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, will host the summit.At the summit, the EU will call for the defence of multilateralism and of the rules-based trade. It will be an opportunity to de-escalate trade tensions and discuss the reform of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

The EU will also seek to reaffirm its commitment to lead the fight against climate change and to implement the Paris Agreement ahead of the COP25 meeting in December.

In addition, leaders will discuss issues related to:

  • inequalities and ageing societies
  • women’s empowerment
  • innovation
  • the digital economy

They will also discuss sustainable development, including the 2030 agenda and the sustainable development goals.

Donald Tusk in Japan
On 26 June, Donald Tusk travelled to Nagasaki ahead of the summit where he visited the Atomic Bomb Museum and the National Memorial Hall. He called on G20 participants to “wake up before it is too late”:

“The global stage cannot become an arena where the stronger will dictate their conditions to the weaker without any reservations, where egoism will dominate over solidarity, and where nationalistic emotions will dominate over common sense. You should understand: you take responsibility not only for your own interests, but above all, for peace and a safe, fair world order.”, has said Tusk.

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