Informal meetings of the Council of the EU
2 September 2016 - 3 September 2016
Informal Meeting of Foreign Affairs Ministers (Gymnich)
The traditional informal meeting of EU foreign ministers (strategic discussion format – Gymnich) to take place in Bratislava on 2–3 September 2016 will be hosted by Mr Miroslav Lajčák, Minister for Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic. Discussions will be chaired by Ms Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission.
Current topics of global foreign and security policy will be discussed. During the meeting starting with the working lunch on Friday, ministers will discuss the current developments in Turkey and future prospects for EU-Turkish relations. The discussion will be followed by an evaluation of the Minsk peace process and its prospects, and ministers will assess the implementation of the recently adopted EU global strategy in various fields.
It has become a tradition for our partners from EU candidate countries to be invited to Gymnich (Montenegro, Serbia, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Albania and Turkey). A joint meeting in this extended format is planned on Saturday morning with a focus on counterterrorism and joint challenges, including prevention of radicalisation and extremism and a search for synergies. Discussions with candidate countries will be preceded by a working breakfast of EU foreign ministers with the Turkish Minister for EU Affairs, which will offer an opportunity to exchange views on recent developments and future prospects for mutual relations.
A joint press conference by the High Representative/Vice-President of the Commission Ms Mogherini and Foreign Minister Mr Lajčák will be held at the closure of Gymnich on Saturday 3 September at 12:00 in the Press centre of the Reduta building, at E. Suchoň Square 1 in Bratislava.
After Gymnich, at the invitation of Minister for Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Mr Lajčák, an informal lunch of EU foreign ministers with partners from 6 Eastern Partnership countries will take place (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine). The main objective is to discuss the future of the Eastern Partnership project, the outlook for further development of relations between the EU and those countries and also to discuss the perception of partners and the EU regarding the further development of this multilateral platform.
Please see the programme below.