Summary: 22 June 2015, Luxembourg – The Council of the European Union launched EUNAVFOR Med, the EU naval operation to disrupt the business model of human smugglers in the Mediterranean. It also approved the extension of economic sanctions against Russia. In addition, ministers discussed energy diplomacy, relations with Asia and the situation in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
EU NAVFOR Med aims to disrupt human smugglers and traffickers in the Mediterranean
The Council launched the EU naval operation to disrupt the business model of human smugglers in the Mediterranean. EUNAVFOR Med is one element of the comprehensive EU response to the migration challenge. The decision enables the start of the operation’s first phase, which focuses on surveillance and assessment of human smuggling and trafficking networks.
The High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, said: “The targets of this operation are not the migrants, the targets are human smugglers and traffickers, those who are making money on their lives and too often on their deaths. EUNAVFOR Med is part of our efforts to save lives.”
For lunch, ministers were joined by Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General, for a debate on current preparations of key UN summits and EU-UN cooperation in tackling current crises.
2015 is an important year for the UN and for global sustainable development, with key UN conferences taking place in Addis Ababa (Financing for Development in July), New York (post-2015 summit in September) and Paris (Climate Change COP 21 in December).
The Council also adopted the EU priorities at the United Nations and the seventieth UN General Assembly September 2015 – September 2016.
Agenda of the meeting
- Indicative programme – Foreign Affairs Council, 22/06/2015
- Provisional agenda, Foreign Affairs Council meeting, 22 June 2015
- List of A items, non-legislative activities, Foreign Affairs Council, 22 June 2015
- Addendum 1 to list of A items, non-legislative activities, Foreign Affairs Council, 22 June 2015
- Background brief
The Council extended EU economic restrictions over Russia’s role in destabilising Eastern Ukraine until 31 January 2016. This follows an agreement among EU leaders to link the duration of these sanctions to the complete implementation of the Minsk agreements, which is foreseen by 31 December 2015.
- Ref: CL14-096EN
- EU source: Council
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- Date: 22/6/2015