Informal Meeting of Ministers for Foreign Affairs (Gymnich)

Informal Meeting of Ministers for Foreign Affairs (Gymnich)

Who is who

The foreign ministers of EU member states will hold an informal meeting (Gymnich) in Helsinki on 29–30 August. They will discuss topical international issues such as the situation in wider Middle East, Europe and the Arctic as well as hybrid threats. In addition, regional cooperation will be discussed with the foreign ministers of the Western Balkan partners.

The meeting will be chaired by the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini.

Preliminary agenda

Thursday 29 August

12.15–13.00 Arrival at Finlandia Hall
Live broadcast

13.00–14.45 Joint working lunch on hybrid threats, with EU Ministers of Defence

15.30–16.00 Family photo
Live broadcast

16.00–18.00 Working session I on wider Middle East
Live broadcast (round table)

Friday 30 August

7.30–8.30 Arrival at Finlandia Hall
Live broadcast

8.30–10.00 Working session II on Europe and the Arctic

10.00–10.15 Arrival of Western Balkan partners
Live broadcast

10.30–12.00 Working session with Western Balkan Partners on regional cooperation
Live broadcast (round table)

12.00–12.30 Press conference
Live broadcast

13.00–14.30 Informal lunch on human rights, hosted by the Finnish Presidency

For media

Preliminary media programme

Accreditation for media representatives has ended. Late accreditation may be requested but entry to the meeting venue cannot be guaranteed.

Media guide

common foreign and security policy
external relations
foreign policy
foreign policy
security policy


29.8.2019 – 30.8.2019




Ministry for Foreign Affairs