On 29–30 August 2019, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia, Edgars Rinkēvičs will take part in an informal meeting of foreign ministers of the European Union (EU), or the so-called Gymnich, in Helsinki, Finland.
The informal meeting will include a joint session of foreign ministers and defence ministers on hybrid threat with the aim of discussing the creation of a common mechanism against hybrid threat.
The foreign ministers will also look at developments in the Middle East, with the focus on the Persian Gulf region and Iran, and views will be shared on the Arctic, given climate change and the region’s increasing geopolitical role.
The Gymnich meetings traditionally have a joint session of EU foreign ministers with foreign ministers from EU candidate countries. On this occasion, a discussion is planned with the foreign ministers of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia and North Macedonia on regional cooperation with the Western Balkans countries.
The informal meeting referred to as the ‘Gymnich’ is a regular gathering of the EU foreign affairs ministers, organised by the Presidency of the Council of the EU on a semi-annual basis. The meetings are chaired by the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, and they feature strategic discussions on the goals and instruments of EU foreign and security policy.