FM travels to Brussels for EU Councils

The Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Christodoulides is travelling to Brussels on Sunday, to attend the Foreign Affairs and General Affairs Councils of the European Union to be held 10-11 December.

According to a press release issued by the Foreign Ministry, FAC is expected to focus, inter alia, on the situations in the Western Balkans, Venezuela and Iran. Furthermore, the Foreign Ministers will exchange views on EU cooperation with the African Union and will also discuss the latest developments in Ukraine, in view of the informal working lunch they will be having later on Monday with the Ukrainian Foreign Minister.

Within the framework of the General Affairs Council, Ministers will review the progress of negotiations on the Multiannual Financial Framework for the period 2021-27 and prepare the draft Conclusions that will be put before Heads of States at the upcoming European Council, on 13-14 December, dealing, inter alia, with the European Unions policy on Migration, the Single Market and the next Multiannual Financial Framework.

On the sidelines of the sessions of the two Councils, Christodoulides is due to attend a working breakfast organized on Monday by his Austrian counterpart, Karin Kneissl, with the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Peter Maurer.

Later he will have a bilateral meeting with his Romanian counterpart, Teodor Melescanu, whose country will be taking over the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU on 1 January 2019. On Tuesday morning, the Cypriot Minister will take part in a meeting of EU Foreign Ministers belonging to the European People’s Party (EPP).

From Brussels, Christodoulides will travel to Strasbourg to accompany the President of the Republic, who is due to address the European Parliaments plenary session on Wednesday, December 12, on the Future of Europe.

Source: Cyprus News Agency