Press Release 168/2014
21 July 2014
The Foreign Affairs Council of the European Union will meet in Brussels on 22 July. Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja will represent Finland at the meeting. The topics of discussion at the Foreign Affairs Council are the situation in Ukraine, the Middle East and Iraq. With regard to Ukraine, the discussion will focus, among others, on recent events, efforts aiming at a negotiated solution and the EU’s actions. The discussion on the Middle East will concentrate in particular on the current situation especially in Gaza and on the EU’s activities in the peace process. As to Iraq, the country’s political and security situation will be discussed.
On the same day, 22 July, after the Foreign Affairs Council there will be a meeting of the foreign ministers of the EU and the Eastern Partnership countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine) in Brussels.
On Wednesday, 23 July Minister Tuomioja will attend the foreign ministerial meeting between the EU and the ten South-East Asian countries that make up ASEAN. These meetings are held at two-year intervals. ASEAN is an intergovernmental multisectoral organization aiming at mutual integration and coordinated external relations covering an area with more than 600 million inhabitants. The meeting will review the progress in EU-ASEAN cooperation and the future of a mutual partnership, and will discuss recent developments in the two regions and topical international issues, such as the Middle East, North Africa and Ukraine.
Additional information: Katja Kalamäki, Diplomatic Adviser to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, tel. +358 295 351 780; regarding the Foreign Affairs Council, European Correspondent Tarja Fernández, mobile tel. +358 40 590 9855; regarding the Eastern Partnership ministerial meeting, Director General Terhi Hakala, tel. +358 295 351 300; and regarding the EU-ASEAN foreign ministers meeting, Johan Schalin, Head of the Unit for Asia And Oceania, tel. +358 295 350 581