2 September 2016, Bratislava – Doorstep by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini upon arrival at the Informal Meeting of EU Ministers of Foreign Affairs (Gymnich)
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Good morning. First of all let me say that is very important not only for me but I think for all the Ministers to be here in Bratislava. We understand very well how critical, crucial this moment is for the European Union and how important is the Slovak Presidency. Let me also say that our common work, especially with the Foreign Minister but also with the Prime Minister in the preparation of this meeting, in the preparation of the following Councils, including also the Bratislava Summit later this month, is an excellent one and we are really looking forward to hold this first informal Ministerial of Foreign Ministers in Bratislava under the Slovak Presidency.
We will have very important topics of discussion in these two days. First of all, we will start with a point on Turkey that will also prepare our meeting with [Mr Ömer Çelik] EU Minister of Turkey that will happen tomorrow morning. It will be the first occasion for all EU Foreign Ministers to meet him after the dramatic events of the attempted coup last July that the European Union condemned immediately in the strongest possible way. It will also be a chance to convey to him the united European message on how we see future engagement with the country. And it will also prepare the ground for the High Level Political Dialogue between the European Union and Turkey that will take place next week in Ankara – we will travel there next Friday.
We will also have a point on Ukraine, discussing with the Ministers proposals I will put on the table on how the European Union can contribute more to the full implementation of the Minsk agreements. We will have obviously our colleagues from France and Germany updating us on the state of play and we will have an open discussion on how we can contribute more to their work in a collective manner.
And then other two points that are going to be very important and very close to my heart. First of all, today I will present to the Ministers my proposal on the implementation of the Global Strategy we adopted last summer.
I will put on the table proposals for the full implementation of the Global Strategy in all fields, but in particular in the field of security and defence. I know that there are high expectations among our citizens and among our leaders on how to increase the capabilities of the European Union, including on the security of our citizens and on our contribution to peace and security in the world so I will put on the table my proposals to the Ministers today.
And tomorrow we will have with the Ministers of all candidate countries an exchange on how to prevent and counter radicalisation both of our citizens and others in the world, and I would expect that this will be a very important part of our common work. We have moved from an approach where we discuss with our candidate countries our bilateral relations to a moment where we tackle together our common challenges. Last year it was mainly migration and in some case it is still the case. This year we decided to focus more on preventing terrorism and radicalisation of our youth.
Sorry, I have been very long but we have a very dense agenda and again I think it will be a very successful day. I will see you later. Thank you.
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