Rome, 22 May 2023 (TDI): Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Antonio Tajani of Italy went to Brussels to attend the European Union’s Foreign Affairs Council (FAC).

The Foreign Affairs Council, chaired by the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, will debate Russian aggression towards Ukraine as well as the unfolding events in the Horn of Africa.

Following a discussion of ideas on the Western Balkans, EU Foreign Ministers will meet informally with their counterparts from the region’s six nations (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia).

In the current affairs segment, the Council will discuss Tunisia, which has additionally grown into a European concern in recent weeks, thanks largely to the Italian initiative, as well as Central Asia, among other things.

Participants are expected to endorse the new Civilian Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) Compact on the margins of FAC, an ambitious effort to make EU civilian operations simpler to implement, adaptable, and coherent with other Union instruments in light of the changing geopolitical circumstances.

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The Deputy Prime Minister is scheduled to have a bilateral conversation with the President of the European Parliament, Roberta Metsola, in addition to engaging in a debate on the potential increased use of majority voting in the CFSP area.

He is also scheduled to meet with other Foreign Ministers in preparation for the upcoming European Council, with a particular emphasis on immigration challenges.

The Civilian CSDP Compact, as well as findings on EU cyber security policy and the global humanitarian financing gap, are anticipated to be approved by the Foreign Affairs Committee.

The Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) is a regular meeting of European Union (EU) foreign ministers. It is one of the key decision-making bodies of the EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP).

Antonio Tajani’s participation in the Foreign Affairs Council will allows him to engage directly with other EU foreign ministers, exchange ideas, and contribute to shaping the EU’s foreign policy agenda