Western Balkans, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Migration, Middle East peace process, Security and Defence…
Defence: to review progress on: operational planning and conduct capability, permanent structured cooperation, coordinated annual review on defence, EU’s rapid response toolbox, including the EU battlegroups and civilian capabilities, capacity building in support of security and development, situational awareness and defence capability development. Responding to external conflicts and crises, building the capacities of partners, and protecting the European Union and its citizens.
Western Balkans: The High Representative Mogherini will brief on her visit to Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia, and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Council expected to reconfirm the EU engagement and focus on the region, including through political and economic ties. Also stress the need to deliver on reforms, to ensure that the partners progress steadily on the European path. regional cooperation.
Middle East Peace Process: EU’s strong commitment to long-standing consolidated positions; not least on the two-state solution, on settlements and on Jerusalem and to continue working to achieve a comprehensive peace deal, preserve the viability of the two-state solution and reverse ongoing negative trends on the ground.
Sameh Hassan Shoukry: political developments, economic reforms, cooperation in various sectors, including counter-terrorism and migration, as well as Egypt’s role in the region, in particular in regards to Libya, Syria and the Middle East peace process.
Migration: key element of a sustainable migration policy is to ensure effective control of our external border and stem illegal flows into the EU. EU leaders stressed the importance of stabilising Libya and expressed willingness to step up their work with Libya as the main country of departure for crossings of the Mediterranean sea, as well as with its North African and sub-Saharan neighbours.
Children’s rights: EU Guidelines for the promotion and protection of the rights of the child (2017) – “Leave No Child Behind”. With these guidelines, the EU reaffirms its commitment to comprehensively protect and promote the rights of the child in its external human rights policy.