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8. 9. 2017

Minister Erjavec attends informal EU foreign ministers meeting in Tallinn

Minister Erjavec with Estonian Foreign Minister Mikser and High Representative of the EU Mogherini; Photo:

Minister Erjavec and Portugese Foreign Minister Silva

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Tallinn, 8 September 2017 – Minister Erjavec took part in the Informal Meeting of EU Ministers of Foreign Affairs (Gymnich) in Tallinn. They exchanged views on strengthening common security and defence policy, the situation in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), the Middle East peace process, and EU activities to fight radicalisation and violent extremism.


At the joint foreign and defence ministers’ meeting, they discussed methods of strengthening common EU security and defence policy. The discussion focused on establishing and implementing Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) and the European Defence Fund. Minister Erjavec emphasised that it is vital that the EU show the political will to take important steps towards the greater levels of ambition defined in the EU Global Strategy.


The ministers expressed great concern with the current situation in the DPRK, and agreed that the EU would proceed with a proactive approach to finding a peaceful solution to the crisis. The EU will continue to support the United Nations Security Council’s further restrictive measures and will strive to establish diplomatic channels to address the issue of North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programme. Minister Erjavec emphasised the importance of diplomatic engagement and informed the participating EU foreign ministers about his talks with IAEA Director-General Amano and CTBTO Executive Secretary Zerbo on the sidelines of the Bled Strategic Forum.


In the context of the Middle East peace process, the ministers discussed current relations between Israel and Palestine, the political and security situation, as well as the activities of the United States and other international stakeholders. They expressed concern with the negative developments and emphasised the importance of advocating a two-state solution and the suspension of the settlement activity.


Together with the foreign ministers of the EU candidate countries, the ministers discussed ways of fighting radicalisation and violent extremism, and underlined the importance of early preventive measures and actions. Minister Erjavec stressed that it is crucial to find positive alternatives to ensure the future of young generations, which is a group particularly sensitive to radicalisation and violent extremism.


The informal Eastern Partnership foreign ministers’ meeting was held at the end of Gymnich, where EU and Eastern Partnership foreign ministers focused on cooperation for strengthening resilience in the EU neighbourhood, as defined in the EU Global Strategy and common Strategic Approach to Resilience in the EU's External Action. The ministers also exchanged views and shared expectations regarding the preparations for the Eastern Partnership Summit, which will take place in November in Brussels.