MIL OSI – Source: European Union – Press Release/Statement

Headline: An informal meeting of EU Foreign Ministers takes place in Riga

On 6-7 March the Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs will host a two-day informal meeting of European Union Foreign Ministers.

The ministers will discuss the political tension in Libya, as well as the current developments in Ukraine and the EU’s relations with Russia. Likewise, preparations for the Eastern Partnership Summit will be considered. The ministers will also exchange opinions on the review of the European Security Strategy.

One of the sessions will review the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP). A discussion with participation of foreign ministers from EU candidate countries will address developments in the EU’s neighbourhood.

The informal or the so-called Gymnich meeting is a traditional gathering of the foreign ministers of the European Union, organised by the Presidency. The meetings are chaired by the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and feature strategic discussions on the EU’s foreign and security policy goals and instruments.

No binding decisions are adopted during the Gymnich meetings. They provide an opportunity for ministers to discuss issues of current importance in an informal atmosphere.

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