Informal Meeting of Foreign Affairs Council (Gymnich): Media Advisory


The informal meeting of the EU foreign ministers will take place in Sofia on 15 and 16 February. The meeting will open with working sessions on Syria, the Western Balkans and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. On the second day, the ministers of foreign affairs of the five EU candidate countries will join HR/VP Mogherini and the 28 EU ministers.


Thursday, 15 February 2018

Informal meeting of the EU Ministers for Foreign Affairs hosted by the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini

13:00 – 13:45             Arrivals and Doorstep

                                   National Palace of Culture – Congress Centre Sofia (NDK)

                                   Address: 1, Bulgaria sq., 1463 Sofia

13:45 – 15:45             Working lunch - Syria

15:45 – 16:00             Family Photo

16:00 – 18:00             Working Session I – Western Balkans

18:00 – 19:00             Working Session II – Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

Friday, 16 February 2018

08:50                         Arrival and Doorstep by Deputy Prime Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva

09:00 – 10:00             Welcome and Hand-shake: EU Ministers for Foreign Affairs and for Heads of Delegations of the EU candidate countries by HR/VP Mogherini and Foreign Minister Zaharieva

10:00 – 12:00             Working Session III with candidate countries

12:00 – 12:15             Family Photo with the EU candidate countries

12:15 – 12:45             Press conference (HR/VP and Minister of Foreign Affairs)

Accreditation information

Accredited journalists can pick up their badges on the day prior to the event at the Registration Desk at Entrance B-2 of the National Palace of Culture between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.  Members of the press arriving in Sofia on the day of the event will be able to get their badges at the same entrance upon their arrival at the National Palace of Culture.  Only accredited members of the press will have access to the National Palace of Culture.

Photos and videos

All media opportunities during the event (doorstep statements, handshake, roundtable, press conference) will be streamed live on the Website of the Bulgarian Presidency. Throughout the day, photos and videos will be uploaded in the Photo and Video sections of the Website. All official photos from the event are also available for download in high resolution on the Flickr account of the Bulgarian Presidency. Videos can be downloaded from Vimeo.

Press contacts

Sofia:              Eleonora Dimitrova, [email protected],  +359 2 948 22 18

Brussels:         Maja Kocijancic, [email protected], +32 2 29 86570

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