European Union - Jean-Yves Le Drian’s participation in the informal meeting of foreign affairs ministers (Tallinn, 7-8 September 2017)


Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, will take part in the informal meeting of EU foreign affairs ministers (Gymnich) in Tallinn from September 7 to 8 at the invitation of the Estonian presidency and the high representative.

The discussions will focus on the following points:

  • North Korea: the discussions will focus on the consequences of the nuclear test on September 3 and the intercontinental missile launches on July 4 and 28. This dangerous escalation in the crisis, in repeated violation of international law, calls for an even stronger EU response vis-à-vis the North Korean regime, notably the adoption of new sanctions;
  • Middle East peace process: the discussions should make it possible to reaffirm Europe’s commitment to a negotiated solution allowing the establishment of two states, Israel and Palestine, on the basis of parameters agreed upon by the international community;
  • Prevention of radicalization and the fight against violent extremism: In the presence of the ministers of foreign affairs of the candidate countries, the discussion will focus on better coordination of bilateral, European, regional and international initiatives;
  • Eastern Partnership: the ministers of foreign affairs will meet with their Eastern Partnership counterparts in order to prepare for the summit of heads of state and government in Brussels on November 24. The goal of this summit will be to reaffirm European commitment to supporting reforms in six countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine).

On the sidelines of this meeting, the ministers of foreign affairs and defense will meet in order to take stock of efforts to strengthen European defense. They will examine ways to achieve major progress in this area: permanent structured cooperation and the European Defense Fund.