Delegation of the European Union to Syria

Foreign Affairs Council: Remarks by the High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell upon arrival

Brussels, 07/12/2020 - 12:18, UNIQUE ID: 201207_13

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We have a very packed [Foreign Affairs] Council today. We are going to talk a lot about transatlantic relations, and [I will] present [to the Foreign Affairs Ministers] the proposal from the Commission and the High Representative about a new refreshed start of our engagement with the US.

During the lunchtime, we are going to discuss about the controversial issue of Strategic Autonomy. I think it is something that will keep us busy for quite a long time, because we need to clarify what does it mean, and the way of pushing forward something that we really need.

Then, we are [going to discuss] issues like the situation in the Caucasus, [in Georgia], in Hong Kong and Venezuela, [after] the elections [yesterday]. We already said from the beginning that the way that [the elections] were convened were not fulfilling all the democratic requirements. We could not send an observation mission. It seems that the turnout is quite low, let us see the final results, and we will deliver a statement fixing our position.

Last but not least, today we are going to approve the [EU] Global framework for Human Rights Sanctions, just one year after I started launching this procedure. It took one year, but finally it is here. Finally, we got something that will help us face human rights abuses all over the world and not country by country. I think it is an important step.

I will tell you more after.

Thank you.
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