Minister for Foreign Affairs Erkki Tuomioja will participate in the EU Foreign Affairs Council meeting in Brussels on Monday 18 May.
In the Foreign Affairs Council meeting, foreign and defence ministers will prepare the security and defence part (CSDP) of the June European Council and debate the Security Strategy review. In addition, the ministers will take stock of the implementation of the statement of the Extraordinary European Council of 23 April relating to the situation in the Mediterranean and migration as concerns CSDP actions in particular. The Foreign Ministers will discuss the Middle East Peace Process, too.
In the meeting, the 47 member states of the Council will discuss the state of human rights and democracy in Europe. Another central topic on the meeting agenda will be the Council of Europe's measures in the fight against terrorism. The meeting will adopt an additional protocol to the Council of Europe’s Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism focusing on foreign terrorist fighters and an action plan for measures to tackle radicalisation and extremist thinking. The Ministers will also discuss the Ukraine crisis and the Council of Europe's actions to help resolve the situation.
Additional information about the EU Foreign Affairs Council meeting: Johanna Birkstedt, Deputy European Correspondent, tel. +358 40 352 3556, and Tarja Kantola, Special Adviser to the Minister, tel. +358 40 590 7973.
Additional information about the Session of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers: Merja Lahtinen, Desk Officer, tel. +372 0295 350 971, Tero Shemeikka, Press Attaché to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, tel. +358 40 515 1097.