The statement was handed over to Foreign Affairs Minister of the Finnish Government, Mr Erkki Tuomioja, who also chairs the EU General Affairs and External Relations Council during the Finnish EU Presidency. The occasion was a public discussion on the situation in the Middle East and the role of the European Union in the region which was organised by EMI, UEF and the European Movement Finland.
In its statement, the organisations state that as the current crisis in Lebanon has shown, the current European Union cannot take up a leading role in global peace diplomacy. Its institutional system is too weak and its budget not sufficient. Even though the June proposals of the Commission are a first step, they are not sufficient to overcome the institutional vacuum left by the absence of a single post in charge of foreign policy, namely an EU Foreign Minister.
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