Summary: 22 February 2010, Brussels - Council of the European Union PRESS RELEASE: 2996th Council meeting, Foreign Affairs
President: Ms Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
Main results of the Council
The Council, chaired by the High Representative, Catherine Ashton, began its meeting with an expression of condolences and support for the government and people of Portugal, following the floods and mudslides in Madeira which had claimed at least 40 victims.
The Council discussed the state of play in Haiti and the EU's continued coordinated response to the earthquake, focusing on the need for shelter as the hurricane season approaches and looking ahead to the donors conference in March in New York. The High Representative announced that she will visit Haiti in the near future.
Under other business, the Council assessed the diplomatic efforts under way to settle the dispute between Libya and Switzerland, which led to the suspension by Libya of visas for nationals from the Schengen area. It also discussed the killing of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai and issued a statement condemning the fraudulent use of EU Member States' passports and credit cards in the operation.
CONTENTS: ITEMS DEBATED
EU RESPONSE TO EARTHQUAKE IN HAITI
OTHER ITEMS APPROVED
- Zimbabwe - Council conclusions
- Republic of Moldova -Visa ban against the leadership of the Transnistrian region -Council conclusions
- EU special representatives - Extension of mandates
- EU-Morocco summit
- Anti-dumping - Tungsten electrodes - Ring binder mechanisms - China
- Participation of Switzerland in programme MEDIA 2007
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