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23 July 2013

Joint G20 summit letter: Improving global confidence and supporting global recovery

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In a joint letter to the 28 EU Heads of State and Government, Presidents Barroso and Van Rompuy highlighted the key issues coming up for discussion at the G20 summit in Saint Petersburg on 5-6 September, 2013. (Includes link to IMF/Lagarde statement.)

They called on fellow G20 leaders to unite around a common purpose to improve global confidence and remain vigilant and proactive to support the global recovery and find the way to strong, balanced, sustainable and inclusive growth.

On the main priorities of the summit they stressed that:

  1. growth and employment need to be at the top of the G20 agenda;
  2. financial reform needs to be completed;
  3. tax avoidance and evasion need to be pushed forward; and
  4. the reform of the International Financial Architecture needs to be completed and progress be made with the work on development, anti-corruption and energy.

They underlined EU action in these fields and set out their views on what the G20 should do to make progress in all of these areas.

The European Commission President and the European Council President represent the European Union in the G20 leaders' process established in 2008 after a joint EU-US initiative. The European Union is a full member of the G20.

Press release

See also IMF/Lagarde statement

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