Council Conclusions on Hong Kong’s national security legislation
In its meeting yesterday, the Council of the EU adopted conclusions expressing grave concern over the national security legislation for Hong Kong adopted by the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress on 30 June 2020. According to the Council, China’s actions and the new legislation are not in conformity with China’s international commitments under the Sino-British Joint Declaration of 1984 or with the Hong Kong Basic Law. These actions call into question China’s will to uphold its international commitments, undermine trust and impact EU-China relations.
The Council conclusions restate the EU’s support for Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy under the ‘One Country, Two Systems’ principle, and its solidarity with the people of Hong Kong, whilst setting out a coordinated response package of measures in various fields, including inter alia asylum, migration, extradition, and support to civil society.
Moreover, the conclusions call on the High Representative, in consultation with the Member States, to review the implementation of the national security law and the impact of the EU response package before the end of the year.
The Council thereby stands in line with the Commission-High Representative joint report on political and economic developments in the Chinese Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong, released last week (as explained here).
The publicly available version of the conclusions can be accessed here.