The leaders of the European states hold a two-day summit; however, besides Brexit, they will also discuss a number of issues such as coronavirus pandemic and reducing CO2 emissions.
"We are fed up with Brexit. Leaders didn't want it taking over the summit. We want to concentrate on climate change and other things,” one of the EU foreign ministers said.
It is specified that UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen failed to reach the agreement during the recent talks; however, the EU called the talks ‘lively’ and the UK described them as ‘frank’.
However, the deadline is set on Sunday to decide the future fate of Brexit; whether or not the agreement will be reached.
Another issue is the EU budget as Poland and Hungary refused to sign the paper due to a row about the role of law. Both countries face EU investigations over charges that they have undermined the independence of their courts and media.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the summit would represent a moment of truth for the EU budget.
"Germany has worked hard to bridge the differences and find solutions for the concerns of Poland and Hungary while at the same time upholding the rule of law mechanism as agreed with the European Parliament," she said.
Besides, the new ways to reduce the amounts of emissions is another challenge for the EU. The leaders will discuss cutting them by at least 55% from 1990 levels. The current 2030 goal is to cut emissions by 40%.