Media release

General Affairs Council prepares European Council and adopts conclusions on former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

General Affairs Council. © European Union5Latvian Minister for Foreign Affairs Edgars Rinkēvičs. © European Union5General Affairs Council. © European Union5General Affairs Council. © European Union5Latvian Minister for Foreign Affairs Edgars Rinkēvičs. © European Union5
23 June 2015

On Tuesday, June 23, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Edgars Rinkēvičs chaired the meeting of the EU General Affairs Council (GAC) in Luxembourg. 

European Council

The Council made further progress in preparing the June European Council, including through discussions on a revised set of draft conclusions. EU leaders are expected to focus on migration, security challenges and economic affairs at their meeting on 25 and 26 June in Brussels.

"Our discussions have clearly shown that all member states want the next European Council to deliver a successful outcome. We now have a much clearer understanding from our debate as to how to reach a shared view on the important issues before us", said Edgars Rinkēvičs, the Latvian Minister for Foreign Affairs and President of the EU Council.  

Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

As part of reaffirming the EU's continuing engagement with the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, the Council set out its views on the ongoing political crisis in a set of conclusions that were adopted by the Council. The Council urged all parties to honour the commitments they made on 2 June 2015 and to implement all the recommendations of the Commission.  

Better regulation agenda

The Council discussed the better regulation agenda presented by the Commission on 19 May 2015. Ministers took stock of work in the Council, particularly as regards the Interinstitutional agreement to be negotiated among the Council, the European Parliament and the Commission,  and discussed the content of wider better regulation agenda from the particular perspective of business and citizens. One of the main aims of the better regulation agenda is to ensure that EU policies and laws achieve their objectives at minimum cost.  

Strategic communication

Over lunch an exchange of views was held in the follow-up to the March European Council focusing on strategic communication.  

Ivars Lasis
Press Secretary