European Union - Nathalie Loiseau’s participation in the General Affairs Council (Luxembourg, 17 October 2017)


Nathalie Loiseau, Minister for Foreign Affairs, will take part in the General Affairs Council in Luxembourg, on October 17.

The agenda will focus on three key issues:

  • preparations for the European Council on October 19 and 20: The ministers will examine the draft conclusions which will focus on four priorities (migration, security and defense, external relations, digital affairs); during this meeting, Nathalie Loiseau will continue to call for a Europe that protects;
  • annual Human Rights Dialogue: For the third time since this debate was launched in December 2014, the General Affairs Council will hold a discussion focusing this year on “Media pluralism and the rule of law in the digital age.” The minister will present several examples of initiatives taken by France in these areas;
  • cybersecurity: Vice President of the European Commission Andrus Ansip will discuss the Cybersecurity Package presented by the Commission on September 13, the implementation of which should help achieve the goal of European strategic autonomy in the area of digital security. This is a key priority for France.

Nathalie Loiseau will also take part in the General Affairs Council session in the Article 50 format (without the United Kingdom). The ministers will examine the draft conclusions of the European Council (Article 50) following a presentation by Michel Barnier on progress in the negotiations relating to the United Kingdom’s withdrawal following the fifth round of negotiations from October 9 to 12. On the sidelines of the meeting, the ministers will discuss the transfer of agencies located in the UK (European Medicines Agency and the European Banking Authority). As a reminder, the final decision must be taken on November 27 by a vote by the 27 ministers meeting on the sidelines of the General Affairs Council (Article 50).