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(BRUSSELS2) This page will be updated as information becomes available from the Council of Defense Ministers which is being held today (March 22) and the Council of Foreign Ministers which is being held on Friday (March 23).

On the agenda of the Defense Council: review of existing operations (piracy, Althea in Bosnia, etc.), capabilities (projects pooling and sharing), partnerships and positioning in relation to the new American strategy (which will be the dish of choice for lunch).

On the agenda of the Foreign Affairs Council: the Sahel (with the approval of the first political document for the launch of a CSDP operation in the Sahel, and certainly a news update on the coup d'état in Mali); Syria (with good news from New York and the approval of the first resolution of the United Nations Security Council); Belarus (with new sanctions). Sanctions should also be decided against several countries: Afghanistan, Iran (human rights), Somalia (charcoal), Transnistria (renewal). Cooperation with Turkey on various geopolitical issues (Middle East, Syria, Africa) should be the main course at the foreign ministers' lunch.

At the Council of Defense Ministers, however, a few countries were not represented by their chief minister. The German T. De Maizière in particular and the British P. Hammond are not there; replaced by their Secretary of State. The Frenchman Gérard Longuet also did not come (at the last moment). Coup d'état in Mali and internal situation oblige.

Download the “background” note written by the press service of the Council of the EU

Papers already published and in progress

On pooling and sharing projects:

On the extension of Eunavfor Atalanta:

On the OpsCenter:

On the operation in the Sahel:

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Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).