As the public health crisis disproportionately affected the most vulnerable and increased pre-existing inequalities, the cooperation between the EU and the Council of Europe in the promotion of tolerance and diversity remains more than ever important. In this context and as we mark ‘Zero Discrimination Day’, the EU plans adopt its new European Disability Strategy for 2021-2030.
At the Foreign Affairs Council meeting on 22 February, EU ministers took stock of the latest developments that are most pressing in the international agenda, including Myanmar, Ethiopia and Belarus. The main agenda items were strategic discussions on Russia, Iran, the Strategic Compass and Hong Kong. In the afternoon, the United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken joined EU foreign ministers by video conference for an exchange of views focusing on the EU-US relations.