G7 summit, Ise-Shima, Japan, 26-27/05/2016
On 26-27 May, Japan hosted the meeting of the G7 leaders. The summit focused on the global economy, foreign policy and the migration and refugee crisis.
Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, and Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, represented the EU at the summit.
Leaders agreed on a joint statement:
Migration and refugee crisis
The G7 called for a global response to the crisis. Leaders committed to increase global assistance to meet the needs of refugees and their host communities. They called on financial institutions and bilateral donors to bolster their assistance. They also agreed to enhance legal channels for migration and encouraged the establishment of resettlement schemes.
The rise of violent extremism and other challenges pose a serious threat to the existing rule based international order. The G7 recalled its special responsibility to lead international efforts to tackle these challenges.
"Two years ago, the G7 demonstrated unity with Europe when the conflict in Ukraine erupted. And we remain united during this conflict."
President Donald Tusk
Leaders also focused on the situation in Ukraine, calling for the full implementation of the Minsk agreements. They recalled that the duration of existing sanctions is clearly linked to Russia's complete implementation of these agreements and its respect for Ukraine's sovereignty.
On economy, leaders committed to use all policy tools, including monetary, fiscal and structural, to swiftly achieve a sustainable and balanced growth pattern.
They reaffirmed their commitment to fight all forms of protectionism and to use trade to create economic opportunities for workers, consumers and firms.
The G7 also discussed tax transparency.
On 26 May, in the margins of the summit, Japanese, EU, French, German, Italian and UK leaders adopted a statement on the Japan-EU economic partnership. They called on negotiators to make the necessary efforts to move forward on the Japan-EU economic partnership agreement (EPA) and free trade agreement (FTA) negotiations.
The G7 summit is a forum that plays an important role in shaping global responses to global challenges, complementing the global economic coordination carried out by the G20. It brings together leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States and the EU.
This summit follows the G7 Summit in Germany in 2015 and the one exceptionally hosted by the EU in Brussels in 2014.
Leaders have met in the G7 format since 2014, due to the Russian Federation's violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity.
The EU as G7 member
In 1977, representatives of the then European Community began participating in the London summit. Originally, the EU had a role limited to those areas in which it had exclusive competences, but the EU's role has grown over time. It was gradually included in all political discussions on the summit agenda and took part in all summit working sessions, as of the Ottawa summit (1981).
The EU has all the responsibilities of membership. The summit communiqué is politically binding on all G7 members.
The rotation of the presidency is as follows: Japan in 2016, Italy in 2017, Canada in 2018, France in 2019, and the USA in 2020.
Photos and videos of the summit
G7 meetings at ministerial level
10-11 April 2016: G7 foreign ministers meeting in Hiroshima
23-24 April 2016: G7 agriculture ministers meeting in Niigata
29-30 April 2016: G7 ICT ministers meeting in Takamatsu
1-2 May 2016: G7 energy ministers meeting in Kitakyushu
14-15 May 2016: education ministers meeting in Kurashiki
15-16 May 2016: environment ministers meeting in Toyama
15-17 May 2016: science and technology ministers meeting in Tsukuba
20-21 May 2016: finance ministers and central bank governors meeting in Sendai
11-12 September 2016: health ministers meeting in Kobe
24-25 September 2016: transport ministers meeting in Karuizawa