Between Boston and Bratislava

Between Boston and Bratislava

I write after coming back from the long United Nations General Assembly week in New York. Before heading to Brussels, though, I stopped by in Boston – where, hosted by John Kerry we had a long day of informal works together with the Foreign Minister of France, Italy, Germany and the United Kingdom. It was an opportunity to find common ground on a number of issues on which we need to act jointly, from Libya to Ukraine. But first and foremost we discussed how to stop the escalation of the Syrian conflict. Here is our joint statement, and here is the one I issued together with the Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid, Christos Stylianides.

Tomorrow I’ll be in Bratislava, where I will chair the meeting of the 28 Defence Ministers of the European Union. I will present them with the options I have prepared over the last few weeks, after the presentation of our Global Strategy. The aim is to integrate further our work on Defence, and to make full use of the tools that the treaties provide to our Union: from deploying the Battlegroups to permanent structured cooperations, to supporting investments on research and technology. Tomorrow’s meeting will move forward the work we have already started, to adopt a European Defence Plan in November with the Ministers of Defence and Foreign Affairs, and then in December at the summit of Heads of State and government.