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    Informal Foreign Affairs Council: Jean Asselborn and Federica Mogherini call for a common mechanism to share responsibilities in the field of migration and asylum

    An Informal Meeting of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the EU (Gymnich) was held in Luxembourg on 4 and 5 September 2015 and focused on the migratory crisis. Luxembourg's Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, Jean Asselborn, stressed in particular the need for the distribution of asylum seekers and refugees to be based on established criteria. He was supported by the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, who highlighted the importance of setting up a mechanism for sharing responsibilities and called for a truly common and rapid system.

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    Migratory pressure at the heart of statements made ahead of the Informal Meeting of Ministers for Foreign Affairs of the EU in Luxembourg

    The EU's response to migratory pressure has been at the heart of statements made ahead of the Informal Meeting of Ministers for Foreign Affairs of the EU to be held on 4 and 5 September 2015 in Luxembourg. Luxembourg's Minister for Foreign and European Affairs, Jean Asselborn, seeks a European solution to migratory pressure and calls for solidarity, stressing the need for a system of quotas or a plan for the "humane" distribution of migrants. For the German Minister for Foreign Affairs, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, a "common European asylum policy with common standards and procedures in Europe" is needed, a position shared by his Italian counterpart Paolo Gentiloni. Meanwhile, the Hungarian Minister, Péter Szijjártó, stated that Hungary - currently facing "a tragic situation" - complies with all European regulations.

    • Informal Ministerial Meeting · Press releases
    • Foreign Affairs
    Informal Gymnich Meeting of EU Ministers of Foreign Affairs on 4 and 5 September 2015 in Luxembourg

    At the joint invitation of the Foreign and European Affairs Minister, Jean Asselborn, and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, the EU Ministers of Foreign Affairs will meet on 4 and 5 September 2015 in Luxembourg for their customary informal Gymnich meeting.

    • Informal Ministerial Meeting · Press releases
    • Foreign Affairs
    Informal Meeting of EU Ministers of Defence in Luxembourg

    The informal meeting of Defence Ministers of the European Union will be held in Luxembourg at the European Convention Centre Luxembourg (ECCL) on 2 and 3 September 2015. Chaired by the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defence, Étienne Schneider, the first session of the Meeting of EU Defence Ministers will focus on the follow-up of the European Council in June 2015. In the second session, chaired by the Commission Vice-President, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, Ministers will be briefed on the current CSDP operations (common security and defence policy).

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    Informal Meeting of the EU Ministers of Defence in Luxembourg – Federica Mogherini called for the launch of the second phase of the EUNAVFOR MED operation in order to apprehend smugglers in international waters

    Co-chaired by Luxembourg's Minister of Defence, Etienne Schneider, and the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, an informal meeting of the Ministers of Defense of the European Union (EU) was held in Luxembourg on 2 and 3 September 2015. The first session focused on the results and implementation of the conclusions of the European Council in June 2015. The second session addressed current CSDP operations (Common Security and Defence Policy) and, in particular, the EUNAVFOR MED naval operation, in respect of which the High Representative called for the launch of the second phase of the operation which provides for the seizure of vessels used by smugglers and to apprehend them in international waters. The High Representative noted "a broad consensus" among Ministers of Defence and expressed hope that it would lead to a decision being taken "in the forthcoming weeks, not months".

  • Updated 15-07-2015