Foreign Affairs Council, 15 November 2021

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Series Details Number 3826
Publication Date 11/11/2021
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A meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) was held on 15 November 2021. The agenda included the following items:

  • Discussion on the situation in Belarus and the movement of migrants along the EU border;
  • Discussion on ways to strengthen the EU's engagement with the Western Balkans beyond enlargement;
  • Discussion on the latest developments in Bosnia and Herzegovina and on the Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue;
  • Exchange of views on the situation in the Sahel region;
  • Discussion on a number of current affairs matters, including Turkey's unilateral moves to change Varosha's status quo, the conflict in Ethiopia and the situation in Sudan;
  • Adoption of conclusions on:
    • 6th Review Conference of the Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the use of Certain Conventional Weapons;
    • 10th Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.
  • Exchange of views on the first draft of the EU Strategic Compass, following presentation by the High-Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.
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EurActiv, 10/11/2021: LEAK: What the EU’s future military strategy could look like
Project Syndicate: Commentary, 12/11/2021: A Strategic Compass for Europe
Deutsche Welle, 16/11/2021: EU security strategy gets an overhaul — but will it really be an upgrade?
Sophie Wilmes (Belgian Foreign Minister): Press Release, 16/11/2021: The EU Strategic Compass is taking shape: "We must take control of our European security and defence".
Middle East Institute: Publications, 18/11/2021: The EU’s Strategic Compass: Preparing to navigate MENA “with less US”
Euro|topics, November 2021: Strategic Compass: a blueprint for the EU?
Euronews: View, 23/11/2021: EU's draft defence strategy points to evolution, not revolution

News, 10/11/2021: 'Europe is in danger': top diplomat proposes EU military doctrine
Reuters: Factbox, 16/11/2021: 'Strategic Compass': EU sets dates for new military force
Politico, 16/11/2021: EU arms itself against Russia, China with age-old tactic: A policy document

Finnish Government: Press Release, 12/11/2021: Foreign Minister Haavisto to the EU Foreign Affairs Council and meeting of foreign ministers on the Eastern Partnership in Brussels
General Secretariat of the Council: Background Brief for Council meeting - Foreign Affairs Council, 15 November 2021
General Secretariat of the Council: Outcome of the Council meeting - Foreign Affairs Council, 15 November 2021
German Federal Government: Article, 15/11/2021: Foreign Minister Maas at the meeting of EU Foreign Ministers: Talks focusing on the situation at the border with Belarus
Greek Government: Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias to participate in the EU Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) and host a working breakfast with Foreign Ministers of the South-East European Cooperation Process (SEECP) (15 November 2021)
EU EEAS: Blog, 18/11/2021: Time to move forward with the Strategic Compass
Swedish Government: Article, 18/11/2021: Strategic Compass on the agenda at the EU Foreign Affairs Council

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