The biggest risks facing humanity in 2020


The world cannot wait for the fog of geopolitical and geo-economic uncertainty to lift. Opting to ride out the current period in the hope that the global system will “snap back” runs the risk of missing crucial windows to address pressing challenges.

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European Leaders Summit: Conclusions and Leaders’ Declarations


We have had tonight also the occasion to discuss different international topics, especially the relationship with Turkey We have expressed our full solidarity with Cyprus and Greece. We consider it is important in the future to continue to develop a dialogue with this important country. We know that with regard to migration, for example, it is very important to keep this close cooperation. But at the same time, we know that is important to try to have a strategic vision, in the short term, in the mid-term, what do we want with this important country for the future of EuropePresident Charles Michel

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EU Leaders’ Summit: Turkey on the Agenda…


According to the draft EU Council conclusions, the EU leaders are expected to condemn the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) Turkey signed with Libya a move that triggered strong negative reactions in Athens, Nicosia and Cairo. The (MoU) infringes upon the sovereign rights of third states, does not comply with the Law of the Sea and cannot produce any legal consequences for third states.

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EU – Japan Summit: Conclusions…


 

EU and Japan agree a historic free and fair trade deal!

☀ Leaders reached a political agreement in principle on two landmark agreements, the Economic Partnership Agreement and the Strategic Partnership Agreement, which will bring huge benefits to the populations of both the European Union and Japan

The depth of this agreement goes beyond free trade. It makes a statement about the future of open and fair trade in today’s world. It sets the standard for others. As far as we are concerned, there is no protection in protectionism. Only by working together will we be able to set global standards when it comes to safety, environmental or consumer protection said the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker.

☀ Before attending the G20 Hamburg Summit tomorrow EU and Japan discussed their cooperation in other important areas, including on joint efforts to address the global threat of climate change and other international challenges.

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EU – Foreign Affairs Council – 19 June 2017 in Luxembourg.


 

Ministres se préparent pour le sommet!

Implementation of the EU Global Strategy: The discussion is expected to cover all of the five priority areas for work on the implementation of the EU Global Strategy, which includes: security and defence, building resilience and an integrated approach to conflicts and crises, strengthening the nexus between internal and external policies, updating existing or preparing new regional and thematic strategies and stepping up public diplomacy efforts.

EU-NATO Cooperation: The Council will adopt conclusions on the report, welcoming progress made in the implementation of the common set of proposals and calling for further steps in the same direction. The report highlights the width and depth of the EU-NATO relationship and outlines the key results obtained so far in the implementation of the common set of proposals, that is the 42 actions endorsed by the respective Councils of both organisations in December 2016. The report underlines the progress made in the 7 areas identified in the 2016

Counter-terrorism: The Council is expected to reiterate its strong and unequivocal condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, committed by whomever and for whatever purpose. Noting that terrorism constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security and that the EU has a vital interest in continuing to work with partners at the bilateral, regional and multilateral levels in countering this diverse threat.

Migration : One year after the launch of the partnership framework, foreign ministers will take stock of the progress made regarding the EU’s comprehensive approach to effectively manage the external aspects of migration in key countries of origin and transit, on the basis of the 4th progress report by the High Representative and the Commission.

Iraq : Council is expected to highly commend the Iraqi Government of Prime Minister al-Abadi and the Iraqi security forces for the significant advances they have made in the military campaign against Da’esh over the past months. It is also due to reiterate its steadfast support for Iraq’s unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Conseil des affaires étrangères
Luxembourg
19/06/2017

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