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Foreign Affairs Council: Main results

EU News 132/2016

Council of the European Union

Countering hybrid threats

The Council adopted conclusions, underlining the need to mobilise EU instruments to prevent and counter hybrid threats to the EU, its member states and partners, while taking into account ongoing work as regards both internal and external policies.

Central African Republic

The Council approved the launch of a military training mission in the Central African Republic (EUTM RCA) to contribute to the country's defence sector reform.

Capacity building in support of security and development

The Council discussed the EU's efforts to build capacities in support of security and development in order to enable partner countries and regional organisations to prevent and manage crises by themselves.


The Council discussed the EU's activities relating to the external aspects of migration. It agreed on the need to put more focus on both the Eastern and the Central Mediterranean routes. It assessed progress in implementing the EU's agreement with Turkey, and also reviewed the EU measures and initiatives taken on the Central Mediterranean route. Ministers underlined actions on the fight against traffickers and smugglers, notably with the EU naval operation EUNAVFOR med Sophia, the EU support to Africa through the Emergency Trust Fund, the launch of a series of comprehensive high level dialogues on migration with African countries and the work with countries of the G5 Sahel. Ministers also met with UNHCR High Commissioner Filippo Grandi.


The Council adopted conclusions on Libya, welcoming the arrival of the Presidency Council in Tripoli on 30 March 2016 and commending the courage and determination of Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj, the other members of the Presidency Council and supporting actors on the ground.

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