14/05/2012 at 09:30
Where: Justus Lipsius building, Brussels
Topic: External relations and foreign affairs
Organiser: Council of the EU
The Council, chaired by EU High Representative Catherine Ashton, is expected to discuss Afghanistan, in preparation for the NATO summit of 20/21 May in Chicago. The debate will focus on contributions to the Afghan National Security Forces, regional cooperation with Afghanistan's neighbours and development cooperation.
Moreover, the Council's agenda will include the Middle East peace process and the Southern neighbourhood, especially Libya, Syria and Algeria.
The Council will discuss Mexico and Russia in view of the EU-Russia (3 June) and EU-Mexico (17 June) summits.
In addition, the Council will debate relations with Ukraine, examining the state of play regarding the EU-Ukraine association agreement. An EU-Ukraine cooperation Council will take place on 15 May.
The Council is due to adopt conclusions on some of the above subjects.
In the margins of the Council, the following events will take place:
Monday 14 May
- European Economic Area Council (17.00)
Tuesday 15 May
- Stabilisation and association Council with Albania (9.00)
- Cooperation Council with Ukraine (12.00)
A background briefing will be held in the Council press room on Friday 11 May at 15.00.
A press conference will take place at the end of the meeting.
Ministers for development cooperation, meeting within the Foreign Affairs Council, are due to discuss the Commission communication "An agenda for change", whose aim is to strengthen the efficacy of Europe’s support to developing nations in the fight against poverty. It will also discuss a refocusing of EU budget support. On both items, the Council is expected to adopt conclusions.
The Council will also review progress in achieving official development aid targets.
Taking into account the recent developments in Burma/Myanmar, the Council will explore how best to phase in EU development cooperation in that country.
In addition, ministers will briefly touch on the subjects of food security in the Horn of Africa and policy coherence for development and adopt conclusions on each of these issues.
Ministers for development cooperation of the EU member states meet regularly, usually in May and November, in the framework of the Foreign Affairs Council, in order to review development cooperation issues.
Comprehensive information (agenda, background note, etc) will be available closer to the date of the meeting on http:/www.consilium.europa.eu/councilmeetings