Italian Defence Minister, Antonio Martino, will chair the informal meeting of the European Union Defence Ministers, that will take place on 3-4 October 2003, in the context of the Italian semester of Presidency.
On that occasion, the Ministers of Defence of the 15 EU member Countries will have such an informal meeting with the Defence Ministers of the 10 countries that will join the Union as of May 2004.
The meeting will be a fundamental moment for the improvement of dialogue, the strengthening of cohesion and a verification of the unity of intent of the new enlarged Europe. At the same time, the meeting will allow the Ministers to exchange views on issues related to the European Security and Defence Policy and on other sensitive and important international issues.
Events of this type, because of their informal nature, normally do not produce formal papers, but they offer the opportunity to develop common positions that can be adopted later within the context of the General Affairs and External Relations Council (GAERC).
Defence Minister A. Martino will present the conclusions of the meeting during a press conference at the end of the meeting.
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