The Council today adopted conclusions welcoming the publication of the first joint synthesis report of the EU and its member states on ''Supporting the Sustainable Development Goals across the world'' as an important contribution to EU reporting at the High Level Political Forum in 2019. The Council welcomes the collective contribution of the EU and its member states to the implementation of all Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) across the world, leveraging all means of implementation, in support of the 2030 Agenda.
For the third consecutive year, the European Union Office to Hong Kong and Macao will host a booth at the Hong Kong Book Fair. We will host activities such as a book reading by the Consuls General of the European Union, presentations about its Member States and the special participation of the EU Price of Literature winner Selja Ahava.
The booth is open from 17 to 23 of July at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre.
The European Council elected today Charles Michel as President of the European Council. The President of the European Council is elected for the period from 1 December 2019 until 31 May 2022. The European Council adopted the decision proposing Ursula von der Leyen to the European Parliament as candidate for President of the European Commission. The European Council also considered Josep Borrell Fontelles to be the appropriate candidate for High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. The European Council also considered Christine Lagarde to be the appropriate candidate for President of the European Central Bank.
"Torture is a crime that can target anyone through different forms and in different settings, and all victims of torture, including those who are unacknowledged, neglected or overlooked, are at the forefront of our policy," High Representative Federica Mogherini claimed on behalf of the EU, on the occasion of the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, reiterating its strongest opposition to any kind of acts of torture worldwide.