An Informal meeting of EU Defence Ministers will take place in Valletta on 26 and 27 April 2017, chaired by the EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy. The Secretary General of NATO and a senior UN peacekeeping official, normally the Under Secretary General of the Department of Peacekeeping at the United Nations, are also expected to attend. 

Participants will also include representatives from a number of European Union Agencies and Organisations. The Council currently meets once informally (in the Presidency country) and once formally (in Brussels) during each Presidency. Member States are represented by their Ministers for Defence.

The background to the meeting in Valletta will be decisions adopted at the December 2016 European Council in particular on strengthening defence capabilities as well as how the EU Member States and the Union as a whole can contribute to the enhancement of the EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP), a critical component of the EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP). 

This meeting will serve to set the scene for the formal meeting of the Ministers of Defence in May 2017 and the European Council meeting of June 2017. 


The Council meeting in Defence formation deals with the European Union’s policies on Defence and the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). 

Discussions are expected to focus on external actions concerning the development of the EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy - notably the EU Global Strategy and its implementation plan on the security and defence aspects - relations with key international partners such as the UN and NATO as well as a review of EU military missions and operations.  







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