The European Union’s Foreign Affairs Council meets in Brussels on Monday 7 December. Foreign Minister Becka Haavisto will represent Finland at the meeting. The main topics of the meeting are transatlantic relations and the strategic independence of the European Union.
“The European Union welcomes the future commitment of the United States government to our shared values and the rules-based international order. The foreign minister said that order is a prerequisite for strengthening the independence of the union.” Havisto.
During the meeting, the foreign ministers will discuss the European Union’s common message to the new US government and possibilities for strengthening transatlantic relations.
“For Finland, it is important that the United States continue to be committed to the security of Europe.” Foreign Minister Haavisto said, “The European Union and the United States should work together to strengthen the rules-based international order and work better together on global issues.”
The foreign ministers will also discuss the development of the European Union’s strategic independence in foreign policy. This is the first discussion of foreign ministers on this topic. Finland believes that the strategic independence of the European Union should mean stronger responsibility and the meaningful promotion of the EU’s values and interests in external relations, not the isolation or termination of partnerships.
During the meeting, other current issues will be discussed more briefly, including the situation in Georgia, Venezuela, Hong Kong, Turkey and the eastern Mediterranean.
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