18/11/2013 EU source: Council Ref: CL13-109EN
Summary: 18 November 2013, Brussels - Press Release: 3273rd Council meeting on Foreign Affairs in Brussels, 18 and 19 November 2013
President Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
Main results of the Council
The Council took stock of preparations for the Eastern Partnership summit on 28/29 November in Vilnius. The summit could see the initialling of the Association Agreements with the Republic of Moldova and with Georgia as well as the signature of the Agreement with Ukraine. Ministers discussed Ukraine's progress in implementing the EU's benchmarks for the possible signature of the Association Agreement, as set out in the Council conclusions of December 2012.
After the meeting, the EU High Representative highlighted that the main outstanding case of selective justice needed to be addressed and that the Council continued to support the efforts of the European Parliament monitoring mission to this end.
During lunch, ministers debated migration issues in the Mediterranean, as a follow-up to the European Council of 24/25 October.
In addition, the Council discussed latest events in Libya. It expressed the EU's concern about the significant deterioration of both the political and security situation in Libya and condemned the violence in Tripoli on 15 November, which resulted in the tragic loss of life among civilians.
The Council debated the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP), ahead of the December European Council.
To enable the EU to assume increased responsibilities for maintaining international peace and security through the CSDP, work has been on-going in three areas: increasing the effectiveness, visibility and impact of the CSDP; enhancing the development of defence capabilities; and strengthening Europe's defence industry.
EU leaders are set to take stock of progress in these three areas and provide further guidance during the European Council of 19/20 December.
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Bosnia and Herzegovina
Common Security and Defence Policy
European Defence Agency - budget 2014
OTHER ITEMS APPROVED
- Relations with Jordan
- Cooperation with the Council of Europe
- Support to the World Health Organization
- Relations with the Kyrgyz Republic
COMMON SECURITY AND DEFENCE POLICY
- Participation of partners in EU crisis management operations
- European Defence Agency report
- Development of EU military capabilities
- EU rapid response capabilities and EU battlegroups
- EU crisis management exercise