European Union - Participation of M. Jean-Yves Le Drian in the Foreign Affairs Council (Defence) (Brussels, 13 November 2017)


M. Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, will take part in the joint meeting of European Union foreign and defence ministers in Brussels on 13 November.

The discussions will focus on the following points:

  • Security and defence: the discussions will aim to strengthen European solidarity and cooperation on the European Union’s defence and strategic autonomy. In the margins of the Council, France, with several voluntary member states, will notify its intention to participate in “permanent structured cooperation” in this field. This mechanism provided for under the Treaty on European Union was activated on the basis of proposals by France, Germany, Italy and Spain. It is due to be launched in the next few weeks. A joint discussion by foreign and defence ministers will also focus on the development of ambitious financial instruments, including the European Defence Fund. Civilian crisis management instruments will also be discussed;
  • Summit between the European Union and African Union: ministers will prepare for the Abidjan summit of 29 and 30 November, whose theme will be “Investing in the youth for a sustainable future” (education, employment and investment, mobility, peace and security). They will discuss, among other things, the European Union’s role in the Sahel, particularly supporting the G5 Sahel force;
  • Strategic communication: ministers will discuss strategic communication for partner countries, to promote the European Union’s activities to the public at large, the media and the authorities.
  • Venezuela: conclusions will be adopted, and a decision imposing restrictive measures.