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EU/Middle East/Eastern Partnership Summit

Published on September 6, 2011
Informal meeting (Gymnich) of European Union foreign ministers in Sopot on 2 and 3 September 2011 – Statements by the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs Spokesman

Paris, September 2, 2011

The European Union (EU) foreign ministers will meet informally in Sopot, near Gdansk, on 2 and 3 September on the invitation of the High Representative, Ms Ashton, and the Polish Foreign Minister, Mr Sikorski.

During this informal meeting (known as Gymnich), the ministers are expected, among other things, to take stock of the Middle East peace process and prepare the meetings in New York in September, particularly the EU’s position on the initiative the Palestinians may take at the United Nations General Assembly.

The ministers will also discuss developments taking place in the EU’s neighbouring countries, to both the south and east. The day after the Paris conference on Libya, they will examine in particular the measures the EU intends to take to support the National Transitional Council in its efforts to rebuild, democratize and modernize the country. They will also discuss the situation in Syria.

The ministers will also examine the situation in the countries to the east of the EU, particularly Ukraine and Belarus, with a view to the preparation of the Eastern Partnership Summit to be held in Warsaw on 29 and 30 September.

Finally, the ministers will continue the work undertaken in the framework of the guidelines given by the European Council of 16 September 2010, on ways of strengthening the EU’s relations with its strategic partners./.

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