A clear and unambiguous message from Brussels, aboveall addressed to the United States: The Paris agreement cannot be renegotiated. This has been stated by the EU's Foreign Council, which reaffirmed the validity of the climate agreement despite the US decision to withdraw. "The Council deeply regrets the unilateral decision of the US administration," the statement reads, but "reiterates that the Paris agreement is fit for the purpose and cannot be renegotiated." The Paris agreement, the statement adopted by the Council reads, "is ambitious but not prescriptive and allows each party to forge its own path in contributing to the goals of combating climate change, which threatens development, peace and stability in the world." The document reaffirms the European will to be a global benchmark for climate policies by exercising a "leading role in building strong and sustainable economies that will achieve greenhouse gas neutrality in the second half of this century and societies resilient to climate change."