PES Ministers of foreign affairs gather on the eve of Foreign Affairs Council
On Sunday 16 March, PES Ministers of Foreign Affairs came together to discuss the agenda of the Foreign Affairs Council. Among the issues discussed were the latest developments in Ukraine, including the unconstitutional referendum in Crimea and the sanctions imposed by the EU, and consequences for the Eastern Partnership.
The meeting was led by Jean Asselborn, chair of the PES Foreign Affairs Ministers Network and Foreign Affairs Minister of Luxembourg. It was attended by Kristian Vigenin, Minister for Foreign Affairs, BSP, Bulgaria; Frank Walter Steinmeier, Minister for Foreign Affairs, SPD, Germany; Lubomír Zaorálek, Minister of Foreign Affairs, CSSD, Czech Republic; Dimitris Kourkoulas, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, PASOK, Greece; George Vella, Minister for Foreign Affairs, LP, Malta; Hannes Swoboda, President of the S&D Group in the European Parliament; Erkki Tuomioja; Minister for Foreign Affairs, SDP, Finland; Federica Mogherini, Minister of Foreign Affaird, PD, Italy; Frans Timmermans, Minister for Foreign Affairs, PVDA, Netherlands; Titus Corlatean, Minister of Foreign Affairs, PSD, Romania and Yonnec Polet, Deputy Secretary General, PES.