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Foreign Affairs | Update on discussion with European colleagues about trouble spots and threats to peace and stability affecting Europe

To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs the extent, to which he has had interaction with his European colleagues in regard to the various trouble spots affecting Europe, and the wider global security, safety, immigration and other issues that might present a threat to peace and stability.


The European Union is active in pursuing the preservation of peace and stability, the reinforcement of international security and the promotion of international cooperation, democracy, the rule of law and the respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms throughout the world.

The Treaty on European Union commits the EU and all of its Member States to contribute to peace, security, sustainable development, solidarity and mutual respect among peoples, free and fair trade, eradication of poverty and the protection of human rights, in particular the rights of the child, as well as to the strict observance and the development of international law, including respect for the principles of the United Nations Charter, in our relations with the wider world.

Through discussions at the European Council, Foreign Affairs Council and working groups in Brussels, the EU and its Member States work, collaboratively and in coordination, to respond to global developments which threaten the international rules-based order, and which undermine international law and the UN Charter.

At the most recent Foreign Affairs Council on 23 January, Ministers took decisions in relation to a number of global issues. We endorsed the provision of a seventh €500 million package of support for Ukraine under the European Peace Facility and agreed to support implementation of Ukraine’s ten step initiative for a just peace. We agreed to set up an annual high-level political dialogue between the EU and the Palestinian Authority, and responded to Iran’s unacceptable repression of protestors by adopting a fourth package of EU restrictive measures. 

The EU consistently takes strong and practical stances in order to prevent conflict from occurring and escalating, promoting multilateral solutions to common problems, in particular in the framework of the United Nations, and in meaningful and substantive partnership with states from all regions of the world.

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