Meetings of the Council of the EU
18 July 2016
Foreign Affairs Council (FAC)
Foreign Affairs ministers will start with a breakfast with US Secretary of State John Kerry. They will discuss EU-US relations and exchange views on the most pressing foreign policy issues, as well as the Obama's 'leaders' summit on refugees (New York, 20 September).
Ministers will discuss the situation in Turkey.
In the aftermath of the attack in Nice on the French national day, and at request of France, the Council will discuss the fight against terrorism.
The Council will then hold a discussion on Latin America, including some country specific issues: future relations with Cuba, the peace process in Colombia, Argentina and the situation in Venezuela. This discussion will also serve to prepare the EU-CELAC foreign ministers meeting, which will take place in Dominican Republic on 25-26 October.
Ministers will also focus on China. The discussion will be based on a joint communication by the High Representative and the European Commission on elements for a new EU strategy on China and on the outcome of the EU-China summit. The Council is expected to adopt conclusions.
Ministers will discuss EU actions and priorities on migration. This follows the request from the European Council to mobilise all relevant instruments and sources of funding in support of the approach set in its June conclusions. The discussion will also serve to prepare the UN high-level plenary meeting on addressing large movements of refugees and migrants, to take place in New York on 19 September.
Over lunch, ministers will consider how to give effective follow up to the global strategy for the EU's foreign and security policy. The High Representative presented this strategy to the European Council on 28 June.