Cazenave, 2008; Newman, 2009; Barber, 2010; Kajnc, Guggenbuhl and Lavadoux, 2011); (ii) the split of GAERC
into General Affairs Council (GAC) and Foreign Affairs Council (FAC); (iii) the empowerment of the European Parliament and the Commission have created some imbalances within the institutional triangle by giving more power to the most operational/competent stake-holder (cf.
The EU invited Libya at least twice (in 1999, when the country gained observer status, and in 2004, through its GAERC
Conclusion) to join the Barcelona Process.
The Czech Presidency will use the first GAERC
meeting during its term of office to present its priorities and agenda of events to the ministers.
"We plan to hold a discussion on the application at the Coreper and GAERC
meetings in January," a Czech diplomat told Europolitics.
The framework will comprise three levels: annual spring meetings of foreign ministers "at 27+5(6)," attached to the EU foreign ministers' meeting (GAERC
); "four thematic platforms, according to the areas of cooperation,"ameeting "at least" twice a year at the level of senior officials; and panels, which will be set up to support the work of thematic platforms.
The Dutch, under strong pressure from their public opinion, have so far insisted on their veto but the French Presidency has not given up hope of seeing a breakthrough during the GAERC
. The position of Serge Brammertz, the UN prosecutor who was visiting Belgrade on 13 September to assess its cooperation with the ICTY, is likely to be critical.
Discussion on relations with Ukraine, Iran and the Middle East peace process will top the agenda of the forthcoming General Affairs and External Relations Council (GAERC
) in Brussels on 22 July.
During the General Affairs and External Relations Council (GAERC
) in Luxembourg, the EU's foreign ministers are expected to hold a heated debate about the future of the political sanctions imposed in 2003 but suspended since 2005.
The General Affairs and External Relations Council (GAERC
) has outlined the need for the EU to step up its current effort to mitigate the effect of world commodities price rises for developing countries, through conclusions adopted without debate, on 26 May in Brussels.
After long and intense discussions during the past few days at the Coreper level, member states have found a compromise formula on the negotiating mandate that could be adopted without discussion ( A point') by the ministers during the GAERC
. The concerns raised by Vilnius about frozen conflicts, in particular Georgia, would be recalled in a document attached to the mandate.
While negotiators at the World Trade Organisation are engaged in a last-ditch attempt to rescue the Doha Round, the EU member states will discuss with the European Commission the strategy to be followed in the coming weeks, during the General Affairs and External Relations Council (GAERC
), scheduled for 10 March, in Brussels.
The situation, on 18 Feruary at the GAERC
meeting, will depend very much on Belgrade.