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The Joint Commission of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) will resume its meeting in a physical format this Friday 7 May, in Vienna.

The Joint Commission will be chaired, on behalf of EU High Representative Josep Borrell, by the Deputy Secretary General/Political Director of the European External Action Service, Enrique Mora. It will be attended by representatives of China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom and Iran.

Check against delivery!

Well we had three different meetings today, maybe to celebrate that it was our first physical encounter since last August – soon it will be one year. We decided to hold three different meetings.

The Strategic Compass should set out a coherent approach across the EU’s security and defence policy and enhance the implementation of the EU’s level of ambition, notably responding to external crises, capacity building of partners and protection of the Union and its citizens.

As indicated by the Council in June 2020, the Strategic Compass will define policy orientations and specific goals and objectives in four clusters: (1) crisis management, (2) resilience, (3) capability development, and (4) partnerships.

The EU is facing new and increasing threats and challenges. To counter them, protect its citizens, and enhance
its strategic autonomy to become a stronger global partner, the EU needs to define what kind of security and
defence actor it wants to be.

In light of a changing security environment, the EU Global Strategy for Foreign and Security Policy (EUGS) started a
process of closer cooperation in security and defence. EU Member States agreed to step up the European Union’s work
in this area and acknowledged the need for enhanced coordination, increased investment and more cooperation in
developing defence capabilities.

The EU in a changing and challenging world

Following the requests of Canada, Norway and the United States of America to participate in the PESCO project Military Mobility, the Council today adopted positive decisions authorising the coordinator of this project – the Netherlands – to invite the three countries. Canada, Norway and the United States of America will be the first third states to be invited to participate in a PESCO project.


Good morning to all of you,

Today, we are going to have a very busy Defence Ministers’ [Foreign Affairs] Council. We will have first the [Steering] Board of the European Defence Agency [EDA] and, at the end, at the Ministerial meeting level, the Board of the [EU] Satellite Centre [SatCen].

On 29 April, the European Union, Viet Nam and Australia co-chaired the 12th ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) Inter-Sessional Meeting on Maritime Security (ISM). The ARF ISM was held virtually. Officials of the European External Action Service (EEAS) and the European Union Naval Force Operation Atalanta, from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Viet Nam and from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Australia represented the respective delegations. More than 100 officials from ARF members attended this meeting.