Mr. Désir reaffirmed the key role of cohesion policy with respect to innovation, support for the energy transition, and support for small and medium-sized firms. The conclusion of the partnership agreement governing the use of these funds in France on August 8, 2014, will ensure that projects can actually get under way.
The European Council brings together the heads of state or government of the European Union and the president of the Commission. It defines the general political guidelines of the European Union.
The General Affairs and External Relations Council brings together the ministers of foreign affairs of the Member States once a month. The ministers of European affairs, defence, development and trade may also participate in this Council, in accordance with the agenda.
Informal meetings of the ministers of foreign affairs (Gymnichs) bring together the ministers of foreign affairs about once every six months. The name “Gymnichs” comes from the German castle, which provided the setting for the first type of such meeting in 1974.
- Presidency of the Council of the European Union
- Irish Presidency of the Council of European Union, 2013