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Foreign Minister Kanerva to attend the Informal Meeting of EU Foreign Affairs Ministers and to meet Slovenian Foreign Minister Rupel

Press Release 94/2008
26 March 2008

Foreign Minister Ilkka Kanerva will attend the Informal Meeting of EU Foreign Ministers, the Gymnich meeting, to be held at the Brdo Congress Centre in Slovenia on 28–29 March.

Foreign Minister Kanerva will have a bilateral meeting with Foreign Minister Dimitrij Rupel of Slovenia, the current EU Presidency, on 27 March. At their meeting, the Foreign Ministers will discuss, among other issues, topical EU and OSCE matters. They will also discuss Kosovo, Russia and the situation in the Middle East.

At the working lunch that will begin the Gymnich meeting on 28 March, the EU Foreign Ministers will discuss the situation in the Middle East. The working session on the first meeting day focuses on relations between the European Union and Russia. The discussion is an element in preparations for the EU–Russia Summit to take place in June.

The subject of discussion during the working session on the second meeting day is the Western Balkans. The intention is also to review the Commission Communication on the Western Balkans issued on 5 March and the proposals it contains. Foreign Ministers from the States of the region will participate in the session where the Commission Communication is discussed. The meeting will conclude with a lunch, at which the main topic will be intercultural dialogue. The European Parliament and Council have declared 2008 the Year of Intercultural Dialogue. This session will be attended by the Foreign Ministers of the EU candidate countries.

Informal meetings of EU foreign affairs ministers have been held regularly at six-month intervals since 1974.

Additional information: European Correspondent Leena-Kaisa Mikkola, tel. +358 9 1605 5026, and Tanja Jääskeläinen, Senior Adviser to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, tel. +358 9 1605 5005

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