Informal meeting of Defence Ministers

02 Sep: Informal meeting of Defence Ministers: Remarks by High Representative Josep Borrell at the press conference

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It has been a long discussion and I want to start this presentation by thanking the Slovenian Presidency and the Defence Minister for hosting this informal meeting of the Defence Ministers of the European Union in this really beautiful setting. I want to thank the Slovenian government, and you personally, Matej [Tonin, Minister for Defence of Slovenia], for your strong support for an ambitious security and defence agenda.

Today, there were two issues [on our agenda], apart from the lunch with the representatives of NATO and the United Nations. We focused on our missions, on …

02 Sep: Informal meeting of Defence Ministers: Remarks by High Representative Josep Borrell upon arrival

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Good morning,

It is nice to see you again. It has been a busy summer, a hectic summer, and things have not finished yet.

Today, we are going to have a meeting that will be dominated by the events in Afghanistan. Afghanistan will be the backdrop of our discussions today.

I think that it is clear that the need for more ‘European Defence’ has never been as evident as today – after the events in Afghanistan. I am sure that the Ministers will discuss how to face this new situation and how we can be …