The EU Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) will meet in Brussels on 13 November. The topics on the agenda will include EU strategic communications and the EU-Africa relations. In addition, the ministers of foreign affairs and ministers of defence will have a joint discussion on security and defence. Foreign Minister Soini will sign a notification letter on Finland’s intention to join the EU’s Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO). Launching PESCO is an important step in deepening defence cooperation within the EU.