European Union - Jean-Marc Ayrault’s participation in the Foreign Affairs Council meeting (May 23, 2016)


Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, took part in the Foreign Affairs Council meeting on May 23 in Brussels, which was chaired by Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.

The Foreign Affairs Council meeting was preceded by a meeting of the Eastern Partnership, during which the ministers evaluated, together with their counterparts from the EU’s six eastern partners (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine), the implementation of the Eastern Partnership since the summit in Riga from May 21 to 22, 2015.

The Foreign Affairs Council meeting addressed the following points:

  • Libya: Discussions focused on the extension of the EUNAVFOR MED Operation Sophia mandate to develop and train the Libyan Coast Guard and enable the mission to help ensure compliance with the arms embargo established by the UN Security Council;
  • Syria and Iraq: The ministers discussed the updating of the European strategy for Syria and Iraq as well as the Daesh threat;
  • Refugees and migration: The ministers reviewed the follow-up to the EU-Africa Summit in Valletta on November 11 and 12, 2015, and the discussions underway with third countries regarding the refugees and migrants, notably with respect to their return and readmission;
  • EU Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy: The ministers debated its main guidelines;
  • Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia: The ministers discussed the situation on the ground and EU action.