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  • 14 November 2017

    EU-Africa relations and strategic communication were the main subjects of EU foreign ministers’ meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) held in Brussels.

     

    The Council discussed relations with Africa in the context of the EU-Africa summit planned for 29 and 30 November in Abidjan. The ministers discussed areas of cooperation and proposed joint measures in such fields as migration and job creation for Africa’s youth. The chief of Polish diplomacy advocated intensifying cooperation between the EU and the African Union, emphasising the key role of this organisation in enhancing the stability of African states, preventing radicalisation, combating terrorism, and improving border control in Africa. Poland attaches great importance to the Abidjan summit, also in its role as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council in 2018.


    The ministers also talked about intensifying EU’s efforts to fight disinformation and prevent hostile propaganda. Minister Waszczykowski praised the work of the StratCom Task Force of the European External Action Service for being an effective tool when it comes to successful detection and prevention of disinformation measures and urged strengthening it. The MFA chief recalled a recent decision taken by the Polish defence minister to establish a special counter-cyberwarfare unit. “We could liaise with the Task Force through this unit,” he emphasised.

     


    At a joint meeting, the EU foreign and defence ministers discussed security and defence in relation to the implementation of the EU Global Strategy (EUGS) and EU-NATO cooperation. In the margins of the meeting, Poland and other Member States notified High Representative Federica Mogherini of their commitment to participate in the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO). “It’s been forty years since Europe has had this dream to build a common defence policy” said Minister Waszczykowski. He added, however, that PESCO’s operations should be complementary to NATO’s.


    The Council adopted conclusions on security and defence, the situation in Venezuela, and the EU’s strategic approach to resilience.


    MFA Press Office

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