European Union - Jean-Marc Ayrault’s participation in the Foreign Affairs Council (Brussels, November 14, 2016)


Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will take part in the Foreign Affairs Council on November 14.

Work will focus on:

  • The situation in Turkey: The ministers will notably take stock of the latest developments in the internal situation, especially with respect to human rights and the freedom of the press;
  • The “Eastern Partnership:” The status of the reforms being carried out in the Eastern Partnership countries and the situation following the elections in Belarus, Georgia and Moldova will be reviewed. The next Eastern Partnership summit will take place in November 2017;
  • The Southern Neighborhood: The discussions will focus on the situation in Syria. The ministers will examine together with the high representative the role that the EU can play in helping the Syrian populations and supporting the efforts of Staffan de Mistura, Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General, in order to achieve a political transition in accordance with UNSCR 2254. They will also take stock of the situation in Iraq and Libya;
  • Security and Defense: The ministers of foreign affairs and defense will take part in a joint session. They will give political impetus to European defense and security by setting out in concrete terms the principle of the EU’s strategic autonomy. They will prepare for the European Council meeting in December which will focus in particular on these topics.