Brussels Daily
27 Nov 2018


Brussels Daily


residents Juncker and Tusk at the G20 Summit in Buenos Aires

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and European Council President Donald Tusk will represent the European Union at this year’s G20 Summit, under the Argentinian Presidency in Buenos Aires. The theme of this year’s Summit is “Building consensus for fair and sustainable development”. Along with the EU, leaders from 19 countries (Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States) will gather to mark the 10-year anniversary of the G20 and discuss key topics on the global agenda, ranging from globalisation, trade and economics to climate change, migration and the fight against terrorism. In a joint letter to Heads of State or Government ahead of the Summit, Presidents Juncker and Tusk set out the central role that the European Union is playing in shaping global affairs and championing multilateralism. They set out the EU’s key priorities for this year’s G20: Fair Globalisation and Trade, Stepping up our commitment to ambitious climate action, Harnessing the future of work, Building a more resilient international monetary and financial system, and Delivering on G20 commitments on counter-terrorism. President Juncker will take part in a joint press conference with President Tusk, currently planned on Friday 30 November at 9.00 (local time), ahead of the first of the two days of the Summit (exact time to be confirmed). Today, the European Commission also published a brochure “Facts and Figures about the European Union and the G20”. More information on the G20 is available here.

Study: Trade supports over 36 million jobs across the EU

A new study published today by the European Commission highlights the increasing importance of EU exports for job opportunities in Europe and beyond. EU exports to the world are more important than ever, supporting 36 million jobs across Europe, two thirds more than in 2000. 14 million of these jobs are held by women.Since the beginning of this Commission in 2014, the number of jobs supported by exports has increased by 3.5 million. These jobs are on average 12% better paid than jobs in the rest of the economy. Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström said: “This study makes it crystal clear that trade means jobs. Exports from the EU to the world support the livelihoods of a vast, and increasing, number of citizens in every corner of Europe. EU trade also supports millions of jobs far beyond EU borders, including in developing countries. So here’s even more proof that trade can be a win-win: what’s good for us is also good for our partners around the world.” For more information about the report please see the press release and the memo. For details about trade-supported jobs in each EU country, see a dedicated interactive website. The report is also presented at the European Trade Policy Day, a one day event opened by Commissioner Malmström. Involving some 700 participants, including civil society, business and experts, the event is part of the European Commission’s transparent and inclusive trade policy agenda. Debates will focus on solutions to tackle the current challenges to fair and open global trade.

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