The Covid-19 pandemic and its management in Cyprus, the attacks in France and Turkish provocations were brought up by President Nicos Anastasiades during a videoconference of the European Council on Thursday evening.
EU leaders assessed the Covid-19 situation in the member states in the light of the announcements of partial or total lockdowns in some countries and focused on coordinating the response to the pandemic.
In a written statement Government Spokesman Kyriakos Kousios said the leaders exchanged views on Covid-19 tests and mutual recognition of lab results and cross-border contacts, discussed the good practices and a common approach between member states on the issue of vaccines.
Kousios said that in his intervention the President condemned the attacks in France and conveyed a message of support and solidarity to President Macron. He stressed the need to strengthen the collective effort and coordination between the member states and the EU institutions.
As regards the pandemic, the President referred to the need to place special emphasis on rapid tests and vaccines.
He also spoke about the recent provocations by Turkey which will be further discussed in the European Council Summit in December.