The Informal meeting of the EU foreign affairs ministers (Gymnich) will take place during January 31st – February 1st 2019. This is a traditional reunion of the foreign affairs ministers, held during the mandate of each six-months Presidency of the Council of the European Union, hosted by the country that holds the Presidency. The reunion will be presided by the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Vice-President of the Commission, Federica Mogherini.
The European Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn, will also participate to the reunion.
The agenda of the reunion includes a lunch and four working sessions, during which the ministers will discuss informally current topics from the international agenda, such as the Eastern Partnership, Venezuela, Syria and the EU-China relationship.
The reunion will start with a working lunch during which the ministers will have an exchange of opinions regarding the 10-years anniversary since the launch of the Eastern Partnership (EaP).
During the first working session, the ministers will discuss about the political crisis in Venezuela. The recent evolutions in Syria will be the topic of the ministers’ discussion for the second working session. During the third working session, the ministers will approach EU relationship with China.
The foreign affairs ministers of the candidate states for EU membership will be invited to participate in the fourth working session of the Gymnich reunion, and, with this occasion, they will discuss about the relationship with China.
Traditionally, the President of the Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET) of the European Parliament, David McAllister, will be invited to participate in some of the working sessions of the reunion.
For the journalists who are accredited for the reunion, there will be a Media Center on the ground floor of the Palace of the Romanian National Bank, entry from Doamnei Street., no. 8.