These informal meetings take place bi-annually and are hosted by the country holding the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The meeting will take place at the German Federal Foreign Office in Berlin. It will be hosted by German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and chaired by the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the Commission Josep Borrell. The Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement, Olivér Várhelyi, and the Chairman of the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee (AFET), David McAllister, will also participate.
The meeting will be an opportunity for EU Foreign Ministers to discuss foreign and security policy issues of strategic importance to the Union in an informal setting.
The informal meeting will begin with a working session on Belarus on Thursday 27 August. Ministers will discuss the latest developments in the country and possible reactions by the EU.
Ministers will then hold a comprehensive debate on EU-Turkey relations, including with reference to the current situation in the Eastern Mediterranean and the broader region.
The second day of the meeting, Friday 28 August, will begin with a working session on EU-Russia relations and end with a working lunch on the geopolitical impact of Covid-19 and the EU's strategic response.
Informal meetings of EU Foreign Ministers cannot take formal decisions. Therefore, no legal acts or Council conclusions are expected to be adopted at this meeting.
On August 27, before the official start of the Gymnich meeting, the German Presidency of the Council of the EU will be hosting a working lunch between the EU foreign ministers and the Foreign Minister of the State of Israel, Gabi Ashkenazi. Topics will be the Middle East Peace Process, the situation in the region and EU-Israel relations.