Latvia backs EU member states' coordinated approach to fighting Covid-19 pandemic

  • 2020-10-13
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - Latvia supports the need for greater and closer coordination among EU member states concerning national measures taken to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics (New Unity) said at a meeting of the European Union's General Affairs Council.

As LETA was told at the Foreign Ministry, Rinkevics today attended the meeting of the EU General Affairs in Luxembourg at which 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.

According to the Foreign Ministry's information, by setting out common thresholds for the spread of the disease and criteria for travel restrictions, the recommendations will help avoid fragmentation and promote transparency and predictability for persons and businesses.

At the meeting, the EU foreign ministers were briefed on progress achieved 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.

In a discussion with the EU’s chief negotiator on the future of the relations between the EU and the United Kingdom, the Latvian foreign minister expressed support for further negotiations and the efforts of reaching a comprehensive agreement between the EU and the UK on their future relationship.