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G7 calls for a global response to migration and refugee crisis

On 26-27 May, Japan hosted the meeting of the G7 leaders. The G7 called for a global response to the migration and refugee crisis. Leaders pledged to increase global funding and improve legal channels of migration. 

Leaders also focused on the situation in Ukraine and recalled that existing sanctions were linked to the full implementation of the Minsk agreements by Russia.

On economy, the leaders committed to use all policy tools to achieve sustainable and balanced growth.

European Council President Donald Tusk and Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker represented the EU at the summit.

G7 calls for a global response to migration and refugee crisis

On 26-27 May, Japan hosted the meeting of the G7 leaders. The G7 called for a global response to the migration and refugee crisis. Leaders pledged to increase global funding and improve legal channels of migration. 

Leaders also focused on the situation in Ukraine and recalled that existing sanctions were linked to the full implementation of the Minsk agreements by Russia.

On economy, the leaders committed to use all policy tools to achieve sustainable and balanced growth.

European Council President Donald Tusk and Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker represented the EU at the summit.

The European Council

The European Council consists of the heads of state or government of the EU's member states, together with its President and the European Commission President. It defines the EU's general political direction and priorities.

The Council of the EU

The Council of the EU represents the member states' governments. Also known informally as the EU Council, it is where national ministers from each EU country meet to adopt laws and coordinate policies.

What is the Council?

The European Council and the Council of the EU are two very closely linked institutions. They have similar names and share the same buildings and staff - the General Secretariat of the Council (GSC). However, they have very different roles and membership. 

In focus

Council discusses prevention of violent radicalisation

Meeting on 30 May, ministers discussed the role of education and the youth sector in preventing violent radicalisation. They highlighted the need for a broad approach, which also supports inclusion and the development of resilience in the face of extremist messages. The Council adopted conclusions on:

  • preventing and combating violent radicalisation of young people
  • developing media literacy and critical thinking

This discussion is a follow up to the Paris declaration, adopted after the terrorist attacks of January 2015.

In focus

Council discusses prevention of violent radicalisation

Meeting on 30 May, ministers discussed the role of education and the youth sector in preventing violent radicalisation. They highlighted the need for a broad approach, which also supports inclusion and the development of resilience in the face of extremist messages. The Council adopted conclusions on:

  • preventing and combating violent radicalisation of young people
  • developing media literacy and critical thinking

This discussion is a follow up to the Paris declaration, adopted after the terrorist attacks of January 2015.