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Council of the 
 
 

 European Union 
   
 
Brussels, 24 July 2020 
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From: 
General Secretariat of the Council 
To: 
Delegations 
Subject: 
Council Conclusions on Hong Kong 
 
 
Delegations will find attached the text of draft Council conclusions on Hong Kong, as agreed in 
Coreper on 24 July 2020. 
 
 
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Draft Council conclusions on Hong Kong 
 
The EU considers the national security legislation for Hong Kong adopted by the Standing 
Committee of China’s National People’s Congress on 30 June to be a matter of grave concern. 
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 EU’s concerns relate both to the substance of the new legislation and to the process by which it 
was adopted. As regards the substance, the EU is particularly concerned about the extensive erosion 
of rights and freedoms that were supposed to remain protected until at least 2047; about the lack of 
safeguards and clarity in the law; and about its extraterritorial provisions. The EU expects the Hong 
Kong authorities to guarantee the citizens their rights and freedoms provided in the Basic Law. The 
EU also expects the possibilities for cooperation on the part of the EU Office, Member States’ 
Consulates-General and European civil society with Hong Kong’s civil society and political 
institutions to continue unchanged following the entry into force of the new legislation. 
As an initial response, the EU has decided to endorse a coordinated package responding to the 
imposition of the national security law, to be carried out at EU and/or Member State level, as 
deemed appropriate, within their respective areas of competence, in the following fields: 
-  Considering the implications of the national security legislation for asylum, migration, visa 
and residence policy in accordance with the applicable law, including by discussing relevant 
aspects at EU level; 
 
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-  Further scrutinising and limiting exports of specific sensitive equipment and technologies for 
end-use in Hong Kong, in particular where there are grounds to suspect undesirable use 
relating to internal repression, the interception of internal communications or cyber-
surveillance; 
-  Exploring possibilities for stepping up and coordinating scholarships and academic 
exchanges involving Hong Kong students and universities; 
-  Further engaging with and supporting civil society in Hong Kong; 
-  Ensuring continued observation of the trials of pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong; 
-  Discussing at EU level the potential risks to EU citizens presented by the national security 
legislation; 
-  Monitoring the extraterritorial effect of the national security legislation; 
-  Reviewing the implications of the national security legislation on the operation of Member 
States’ extradition and other relevant agreements with Hong Kong; 
-  For the time being, not launching any new negotiations with Hong Kong. 
The purpose of the various measures and of the package as a whole is to express political support 
for Hong Kong’s autonomy under the ‘One Country, Two Systems’ principle, and solidarity for the 
people of Hong Kong.  
The EU will follow closely the political situation in Hong Kong in the lead-up to the Legislative 
Council elections on 6 September. The EU considers it essential that these elections take place in an 
environment which remains conducive to the exercise of democratic rights and freedoms as 
enshrined in the Basic Law. 
While coordinating with international partners, including in multilateral fora, the situation in Hong 
Kong and the implementation of the national security legislation will be raised both at EU and 
national level at every opportunity with the Chinese and Hong Kong authorities as appropriate.  
 
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The European Union has a significant stake in the stability and prosperity of Hong Kong. 
Accordingly, it attaches great importance to the preservation of Hong Kong’s high degree of 
autonomy, in line with the Hong Kong Basic Law and with international commitments, as well as to 
the respect for the ‘One Country, Two Systems’ principle. 
The Council requests the High Representative, in consultation with the Member States, to review 
the implementation of the national security law, its effects on rights and freedoms and the business 
environment in Hong Kong, and the impact of the EU response package before the end of the year.  
 
 
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