The G8 summit will take place from 17 to 18 June in Lough Erne, Northern Ireland (UK) under UK presidency. The European Union will be represented by the President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy and the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso.
The main topics on the agenda of this 39th edition of the G8, as set out by the UK presidency, are:
· Advancing global trade as an engine for global growth and job creation and facilitating trade in Africa;
· Ensuring tax compliance, by pushing, amongst others, for a global standard for the automatic exchange of information in the field of taxation and improving the reporting of multinationals to tax authorities;
· Promoting greater transparency regarding the revenues from extractive industries and forestry, land governance and government data.
Leaders will also discuss the global economy and will exchange views on foreign affairs and security issues. Food security, the transition in North Africa and climate change will also be important topics on the G8 agenda. All these themes will be of particular relevance also to the world's poorest countries.
The G8 summit continues to play an important role in shaping global responses to global challenges, complementing the global economic coordination carried out by the G20. The European Union is a full member of the G8, alongside with Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Last year's G8 summit was held in Camp David (United States) and the 2014 edition will be hosted by Russia.
G8 2013 section on President Van Rompuy's website:
G8/G20 section on President Barroso's website:
Full video coverage of the G8 will be available for download in broadcast quality from the Council
TV newsroom www.eucouncil.tv, and live events will be broadcast on Europe by Satellite
Website of the UK presidency of the G8 2013: http://www.gov.uk/g8