The Foreign Affairs Council (FAC), which was held on 25 January, has approved conclusions on Venezuela. The European Union (EU) does not recognise the results of the election on 6 December 2020, which was not free and fair. The EU supports all those in Venezuela seeking the compromises needed in order to reach a peaceful political solution, through local, legislative and presidential elections that are credible, inclusive and transparent.
The FAC decided to establish a coordinated maritime presence project in the Gulf of Guinea, in conjunction with the countries in the region. The aim is to contribute to safety and the fight against piracy, as well as all kinds of trafficking, through coordinating the actions undertaken by different Member States.
The FAC also approved conclusions on climate and energy diplomacy on the external dimension of the European Green Deal. Carbon neutrality and support for developing countries in their energy transition are the guiding principles for the external actions undertaken by the European Union. Among other points, the conclusions also welcome the return of the United States of America to the Paris Agreement and propose the revitalisation of the EU-US Energy Council.