The EU Foreign Ministers will gather for a meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels on 23 July. Finland will be represented at the meeting by Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja. The EU-China strategic partnership will also be discussed.
The agenda includes the Union’s common security and defence policy, the situation in the southern neighbourhood, Mali, Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan and South Sudan, the EU Eastern Partnership and China. The Foreign Ministers will also discuss energy policy from the foreign policy point of view.
As for China, the Council will discuss the EU-China strategic partnership and the preparations for the EU-China Summit to be organised in the autumn. The Ministers lunch meeting will touch upon the common ground in the energy and foreign policies on the basis of the policies defined in the European Council last year.
After the Foreign Affairs Council, Foreign Minister Tuomioja will attend the Foreign Ministers meeting of the European Union’s Eastern Partnership, where Ministers of the EU member states and six partner countries will discuss the future work of the Eastern Partnership.