Foreign Affairs Council (Defence): extracts from the press conference by Maciej POPOWSKI, Deputy Secretary General for the European External Action Service (EEAS)
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - EC
End production: 23/04/2013 First transmission: 23/04/2013
On 23 April, Maciej Popowski, Deputy Secretary General for the European External Action Service (EEAS), held the conference of Foreign Affairs Council (Defence).
The Defence ministers discussed security threats in Mali and the wider Sahel region and reviewed progress of the EU military operations, in particular the EU training mission in Mali.
They also continued preparations for the European Council on defence in December 2013, in particular on battlegroups
and the defence industry.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
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||SOUNDBITE (in English) Maciej Popowski, Deputy Secretary General for the European External Action Service: Talking about the preparation, the input of the EDA to the EU Council debate updating on the ongoing work on pulling and chairing projects like Air-to-Air Refuelling but also looking at other areas of engagement in particular cyber security and the drones.
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||SOUNDBITE (in French) General Patrick de Rousiers, Chairman of the European Union Military Committee, saying that: Further actions are being carried out under Atalan term, Ministers were briefed on the various undertakings vis-à-vis the pirates. We had an other ten attacks or attempting attacks by the pirates and none was successful. Some pirates have been arrested and taken to court. We can not let our guard drop even if the number of attempting attacks if falling and we continue to boost good practises.
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||SOUNDBITE (in French) General Patrick de Rousiers saying that: In Mali, we are continuing the action and in the view of the Ministers, they should also focus on an other area. The EEAS is currently thinking about this and specially how to deal with security of the Malian forces.