Foreign Minister to attend EU Foreign Affairs Council and EU General Affairs Council meetings in Luxembourg

13.04.2018. 19:45

On 16 April 2018, Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs will take part in the meeting of the European Union’s (EU) Foreign Affairs Council in Luxembourg.

At the meeting, ministers will discuss EU-Russia relations, especially after the elections in Russia and the events in Salisbury.

Ministers will also look at current developments in Iran and, in preparation for the EU-Western Balkans Summit on 17 May, will discuss the European integration process of the Western Balkans and security cooperation.

The Council is planning to review the situation in Syria, including the use of chemical weapons in the city of Duma.

An exchange of views is also expected on the future of the EU’s external financing instruments beyond 2020 and the future of the European Neighbourhood Instrument.

Next, on 17 April, Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs will take part in the meeting of the General Affairs Council in Luxembourg.

Ministers intend to discuss a compromise proposal prepared by the Presidency for the European Parliament’s electoral law.

At the meeting, the European Commission will inform the Member States of the state of play in negotiations with Poland on the rule of law, as well as under any other business will brief the ministers about the EU’s “Enlargement Package” – reports on the progress of EU candidate countries and potential candidates. The European Commission intends to adopt the package on the same day, April 17.


Background information

The Foreign Affairs Council meetings are held once a month. The Foreign Affairs Council is chaired by the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini.

The General Affairs Council meets once a month, and in the first half of 2018 it is chaired by the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU.

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