General Market

CALENDRIER du 12 juin au 18 juin 2017

(Susceptible de modifications en cours de semaine)

Déplacements et visites

 

Lundi 12 juin 2017

12-15/06 European Parliament Plenary Session in Strasbourg

12-13/06 Agriculture and Fisheries Council

President Jean-Claude Juncker in Strasbourg, France (until 14/06):receives Mr Nicolas Schmit, Minister for Labour of Luxembourg; Mr Sergei Stanishev, President of the Party of European Socialists (PES); Ms Pervenche Berès, Member of the European Parliament; and Ms Maria João Rodrigues, Member of the European Parliament, for an exchange of views on the European Commission’s proposal for a European Pillar of Social Rights; and receives Mr Manfred Weber, President of the European People’s Party (EPP) Group in the European Parliament.

Ms Federica Mogherini receives Mr Zoran Zaev, Prime Minister of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

Mr Andrus Ansip receives Mr Markus Borchert, President of Digitaleurope and Senior Vice-President, Market Europe at Nokia.

Mr Maroš Šefčovič in Astana, Kazakhstan: meets Mr Bakytzhan Sagintayev, Prime Minister of Kazakhstan; and Mr Kanat Bozumbayev, Minister for Energy of Kazakhstan.

Mr Valdis Dombrovskis in London, the United Kingdom: delivers a keynote address at the 2017 International Monetary Conference.

Mr Johannes Hahn receives Mr Zoran Zaev, Prime Minister of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

Ms Cecilia Malmström receives Mr Axel Eggert, Director-General of the European Steel Association (EUROFER); and CEOs from the European steel industry.

Mr Neven Mimica in Atlanta, the United States: participates in two panel discussions at the 108th Rotary International Convention; and meets Mr Bill Gates, Co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Mr Karmenu Vella in Bologna, Italy: participates in G7 Environment Ministerial Meeting.

Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis in Luxembourg (until 13/06): meets Mr Jacques Mézard, Minister for Agriculture and Food of France.

M. Pierre Moscovici à Berlin, Allemagne (jusqu’au 17/06): rencontre M. Sigmar Gabriel,  Ministre fédéral des Affaires étrangères et Vice-chancelier d’Allemagne; et M. Martin Schulz, Président du Parti social-démocrate d’Allemagne; et participe à la conférence “Africa Partnership : Investing in a Common Future” organisée par la présidence allemande du G20.  

Mr Phil Hogan in Luxembourg: meets Mr Jacques Mézard, Minister for Agriculture and Food of France; Mr Tarmo Tamm, Minister for Rural Affairs of Estonia; and Mr Andrew McDowell, Vice-President of the European Investment Bank (EIB).

Mr Carlos Moedas delivers a keynote speech at the European Open Science Cloud Summit, in Brussels.

Mr Carlos Moedas in Strasbourg, France: participates in the European Parliament Plenary debates on the Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area (PRIMA), the FP7 cost-effectiveness and the Midterm review of H2020.

 

Mardi 13 juin 2017

College meeting

European Parliament Plenary Session in Strasbourg

Agriculture and Fisheries Council

President Jean-Claude Juncker in Strasbourg, France: addresses the plenary of the European Parliament on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Erasmus+ programme;receives Mr Ximo Puig, President of the regional Government of Valencia, Spain; and participates in the meeting of the European People’s Party (EPP) Group in the European Parliament.

Ms Federica Mogherini in Oslo, Norway: attends the Oslo Forum co-hosted by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Norway and the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue.

Mr Valdis Dombrovskis in Strasbourg, France: meets Mr Joseph Daul, President of the European People’s Party (EPP).

Mr Karmenu Vella in Strasbourg, France: meets Mr Jacques Mézard, Minister for Agriculture and Food of France; and Mr Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong, Minister for Plantation Industries and Commodities of Malaysia.

Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis in Luxembourg: meets leading representatives of European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines and HealthCare (EDQM).

Ms Vĕra Jourová in Strasbourg, France: signs the accession of the EU to the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (Istanbul Convention).

Mr Tibor Navracsics in Strasbourg, France: addresses the plenary of the European Parliament on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Erasmus+ programme; and inaugurates the Erasmus+ Exhibition.

Ms Corina Creţu in Greece (until 16/06): in Athens: participates in event on Resilience Cities, together with Mr Yiorgos Kaminis, Mayor of Athens; meets Mr Alexis Tsipras, Prime Minister of Greece; and representatives of the Romanian community in Athens.

 

Mercredi 14 juin 2017

European Parliament Plenary Session in Strasbourg

President Jean-Claude Juncker in Strasbourg, France: addresses the plenary of the European Parliament on the preparations of the upcoming European Council; attends the speech by Mr Alassane Ouattara, President of Ivory Coast, to the plenary of the European Parliament; and meets Mr Alassane Ouattara, President of Ivory Coast.

Mr Frans Timmermans receives Mr Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary-General of the Council of Europe.

Mr Valdis Dombrovskis in Luxembourg: meets Mr Rimantas Šadžius, Member of the European Court of Auditors (ECA); and participates in a working dinner with Mr Jānis Reirs, Minister for Welfare of Latvia.

Mr Günther Oettinger in Warsaw, Poland: attends the V4+4 conference on future of EU Budget.

Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis delivers a speech at the meeting of the EU Platform on Food Losses and Food Waste, in Brussels.

Ms Elżbieta Bieńkowska in Rome, Italy (until 15/06): visits Fucino Space Centre.

Ms Vĕra Jourová delivers a keynote speech at a conference for the Launching of the European Barnahus Movement on innovative ways to support child victims of violence, in Brussels.

Mr Tibor Navracsics in Varna, Bulgaria (until 15/06): meets Ms Lilyana Pavlova, Minister for the EU Presidency of Bulgaria; Mr Krasen Kralev, Minister for Youth and Sports; Mr Ivan Portnih, Mayor of Varna; Mr Krasimir Valchev, Minister for Education and Science; and representatives of Varna universities; delivers an opening speech at the Annual meeting of the youth organisations under the theme “Youth Spaces”; and participates in a Citizens’ Dialogue.

Ms Corina Creţu in Chios, Greece: meets Ms Christiana Kalogirou, Governor of North Aegean region; and mayors of the North Aegean islands; and visits two EU-funded projects “Mastiha Museum” and “Nea Moni (New Monastery)”.

Ms Margrethe Vestager in Leiden, the Netherlands: delivers a “Europa Lecture” at Leiden University.

Mr Carlos Moedas receives Ms Sue Desmond-Hellmann, CEO of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

 

Jeudi 15 juin 2017

European Parliament Plenary Session in Strasbourg

15-16/06 EU – US Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial Meeting

President Jean-Claude Juncker receives Mr Geert Bourgeois, Minister-President of Flanders, Belgium.

President Jean-Claude Juncker in Belœil, Belgium: delivers a speech entitled “L’avenir de l’Europe” at a conference organised by the “Cercle de Belœil”.

Mr Frans Timmermans in Prague, the Czech Republic: delivers a keynote speech at the Prague European Summit; and meets Mr Lubomír Zaorálek, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic.

Ms Federica Mogherini in Oulu, Finland: participates in the high-level event on EU Arctic Policy “A sustainable Arctic – innovative approaches”.

Mr Andrus Ansip in Valletta, Malta: participates in the Digital Assembly conference organised by the European Commission and the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the EU.

Mr Maroš Šefčovič receives Mr Žygimantas Vaičiūnas, Minister for Energy of Lithuania.

Mr Jyrki Katainen delivers a keynote speech at the 2017 Water Innovation Europe conference, in Brussels.

Mr Neven Mimica meets the National Authorising Officers of Western Africa, in Brussels.

Mr Karmenu Vella in Oulu, Finland (until 16/06): participates in the 2nd “Top of the World Arctic Broadband Summit” in the panel “Visions for the Future”; and in the high-level event on EU Arctic Policy “A sustainable Arctic – innovative approaches”.

Mr Dimitris Avramopoulos, Ms Vĕra Jourová and Mr Julian King in Valetta, Malta (until 16/06): participate in the EU-US Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial Meeting.

Ms Marianne Thyssen in Luxembourg: participates in the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council; and in meeting of the Council on the Pillar of Social Rights.

M. Pierre Moscovici à Luxembourg: participe à la réunion annuelle du Conseil des gouverneurs du mécanisme européen de stabilité (MES).

Ms Violeta Bulc in Arnhem-Nijmegen, the Netherlands (until 16/06): participates in the global cycling summit Velo-City 2017; and delivers keynote speeches during the plenary and Mayors’ sessions of the summit.

Ms Elżbieta Bieńkowska in Rome, Italy: delivers a speech at high-level conference “Space Policy for EU Integration”.

Ms Corina Creţu in Leros, Greece: meets Mr George Hadjimarkos, Governor of the South Aegean region; and mayors of South Aegean islands; and visits an EU-funded project: “Artemis Leros Boatyard”.

Ms Margrethe Vestager in Bornholm, Denmark (until 16/06): attends “Folkemøde” – Denmark’s Political Festival.

Mr Carlos Moedas in Paris, France:delivers a keynote speech at Viva Technology Conference on “Tech & Politics”.

Vendredi 16 juin 2017

Economic and Financial Affairs Council in Luxembourg

Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council

EU – US Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial Meeting

President Jean-Claude Juncker receives Mr Yves Pozzo di Borgo and Mr Simon Sutour, Members of the French Senate.

Mr Maroš Šefčovič delivers a keynote speech at “Tackling energy poverty in Europe – What more needs to be done?” event, organised by the European Policy Centre, in Brussels.

Mr Maroš Šefčovič receives Mr Christian Thimann, Chairperson of the European Commission High-Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance and Group Head of Regulation, Sustainability and Insurance Foresight at the AXA Group.

Mr Jyrki Katainen receives Mr Christian Thimann, Chairperson of the European Commission High-Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance and Group Head of Regulation, Sustainability and Insurance Foresight at the AXA Group.

Mr Johannes Hahn in Azerbaijan: on official visit.

Mr Karmenu Vella in Oulu, Finland (until 16/06): participates in the Arctic Stakeholder Forum “European investment priorities for the Arctic” as part of the high-level event on EU Arctic Policy “A sustainable Arctic – innovative approaches”.

Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis in Luxembourg: meets Mr Florian-Dorel Bodog, Minister for Health of Romania; Mr Juha Rehula, Minister for Family Affairs and Social Services of Finland; Ms Ellen Trane Nørby, Minister for Health of Denmark; and Ms Edith Schippers, Minister for Health, Welfare and Sports of the Netherlands.

Mr Dimitris Avramopoulos, Ms Vĕra Jourová and Mr Julian King in Valetta, Malta: participate in the EU-US Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial Meeting.

Ms Marianne Thyssen receives Mr Herman Van Rompuy, President Emeritus of the European Council.

Mr Christos Stylianides in Nicosia, Cyprus: meets Mr Demetris Syllouris, President of the House of Representatives of Cyprus; presents the White Paper on the Future of Europe to the House of Representatives of Cyprus; and holds a speech at the Association for Social Reforms (OPEK).

Ms Corina Creţu in Athens, Greece: delivers a keynote speech at event on entrepreneurship, innovation and smart specialisation, organised by Attica region; visits an EU-funded project “State Museum of Modern Art”, accompanied by Ms Rena Dourou, Governor of Attica region; an EU-funded project: “Institute of Geodynamics National Observatory of Athens“; and meets Mr Dimitri Papadimitriou, Minister for Economy and Development of Greece; and Mr Alexis Charitsis,  Alternate Minister for Economy and Development.

 

Samedi 17 juin 2017

M. Frans Timmermans participe au colloque “Demain, une Union dans la fraternité” organisé par La Grande Loge de Belgique, à Bruxelles.

M. Pierre Moscovici à Berlin, Allemagne: rencontre M. Wolfgang Schäuble, Ministre fédéral allemand des Finances; et participe au Körber History Forum “Connecting Politics and History”, organisé par la Fondation Körber.

Ms Violeta Bulc in Florence, Italy: participates in the Executive Symposium on European Regulation of Airport Charges.

 

Prévisions du mois de juin:

12-13/06 Agriculture and Fisheries Council

12-15/06 European Parliament Plenary Session in Strasbourg

15/06 Eurogroup

15/06 Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council

15-16/06 EU – US Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial Meeting

16/06 Economic and Financial Affairs Council

16/06 Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council

19/06 Foreign Affairs Council

19/06 Environment Council

20/06 General Affairs Council

23/06 European Council

 

Permanence DG COMM le WE du 10 au 11 juin 2017:

Alexander WINTERSTEIN: +32 (0) 460 79 32 65

Permanence RAPID – GSM: +32 (0) 498 982 748

Service Audiovisuel, planning studio – tél. : +32 (0)2/295 21 23

General Market

CALENDRIER du 12 juin au 18 juin 2017

(Susceptible de modifications en cours de semaine)

Déplacements et visites

 

Lundi 12 juin 2017

12-15/06 European Parliament Plenary Session in Strasbourg

12-13/06 Agriculture and Fisheries Council

President Jean-Claude Juncker in Strasbourg, France (until 14/06):receives Mr Nicolas Schmit, Minister for Labour of Luxembourg; Mr Sergei Stanishev, President of the Party of European Socialists (PES); Ms Pervenche Berès, Member of the European Parliament; and Ms Maria João Rodrigues, Member of the European Parliament, for an exchange of views on the European Commission’s proposal for a European Pillar of Social Rights; and receives Mr Manfred Weber, President of the European People’s Party (EPP) Group in the European Parliament.

Ms Federica Mogherini receives Mr Zoran Zaev, Prime Minister of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

Mr Andrus Ansip receives Mr Markus Borchert, President of Digitaleurope and Senior Vice-President, Market Europe at Nokia.

Mr Maroš Šefčovič in Astana, Kazakhstan: meets Mr Bakytzhan Sagintayev, Prime Minister of Kazakhstan; and Mr Kanat Bozumbayev, Minister for Energy of Kazakhstan.

Mr Valdis Dombrovskis in London, the United Kingdom: delivers a keynote address at the 2017 International Monetary Conference.

Mr Johannes Hahn receives Mr Zoran Zaev, Prime Minister of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

Ms Cecilia Malmström receives Mr Axel Eggert, Director-General of the European Steel Association (EUROFER); and CEOs from the European steel industry.

Mr Neven Mimica in Atlanta, the United States: participates in two panel discussions at the 108th Rotary International Convention; and meets Mr Bill Gates, Co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Mr Karmenu Vella in Bologna, Italy: participates in G7 Environment Ministerial Meeting.

Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis in Luxembourg (until 13/06): meets Mr Jacques Mézard, Minister for Agriculture and Food of France.

M. Pierre Moscovici à Berlin, Allemagne (jusqu’au 17/06): rencontre M. Sigmar Gabriel,  Ministre fédéral des Affaires étrangères et Vice-chancelier d’Allemagne; et M. Martin Schulz, Président du Parti social-démocrate d’Allemagne; et participe à la conférence “Africa Partnership : Investing in a Common Future” organisée par la présidence allemande du G20.  

Mr Phil Hogan in Luxembourg: meets Mr Jacques Mézard, Minister for Agriculture and Food of France; Mr Tarmo Tamm, Minister for Rural Affairs of Estonia; and Mr Andrew McDowell, Vice-President of the European Investment Bank (EIB).

Mr Carlos Moedas delivers a keynote speech at the European Open Science Cloud Summit, in Brussels.

Mr Carlos Moedas in Strasbourg, France: participates in the European Parliament Plenary debates on the Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area (PRIMA), the FP7 cost-effectiveness and the Midterm review of H2020.

 

Mardi 13 juin 2017

College meeting

European Parliament Plenary Session in Strasbourg

Agriculture and Fisheries Council

President Jean-Claude Juncker in Strasbourg, France: addresses the plenary of the European Parliament on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Erasmus+ programme;receives Mr Ximo Puig, President of the regional Government of Valencia, Spain;andparticipates in the meeting of the European People’s Party (EPP) Group in the European Parliament.

Ms Federica Mogherini in Oslo, Norway: attends the Oslo Forum co-hosted by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Norway and the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue.

Mr Valdis Dombrovskis in Strasbourg, France: meets Mr Joseph Daul, President of the European People’s Party (EPP).

Mr Karmenu Vella in Strasbourg, France: meets Mr Jacques Mézard, Minister for Agriculture and Food of France; and Mr Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong, Minister for Plantation Industries and Commodities of Malaysia.

Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis in Luxembourg: meets leading representatives of European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines and HealthCare (EDQM).

Ms Vĕra Jourová in Strasbourg, France: signs the accession of the EU to the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (Istanbul Convention).

Mr Tibor Navracsics in Strasbourg, France: addresses the plenary of the European Parliament on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Erasmus+ programme; and inaugurates the Erasmus+ Exhibition.

Ms Corina Creţu in Greece (until 16/06): in Athens: participates in event on Resilience Cities, together with Mr Yiorgos Kaminis, Mayor of Athens; and meets representatives of the Romanian community in Athens.

Ms Margrethe Vestager in Copenhagen, Denmark: meets Mr Kristian Jensen, Minister for Finance of Denmark.

 

Mercredi 14 juin 2017

European Parliament Plenary Session in Strasbourg

President Jean-Claude Juncker in Strasbourg, France: addresses the plenary of the European Parliament on the preparations of the upcoming European Council; and attends the speech by Mr Alassane Ouattara, President of Ivory Coast, to the plenary of the European Parliament

Mr Frans Timmermans receives Mr Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary-General of the Council of Europe.

Mr Valdis Dombrovskis in Luxembourg: meets Mr Rimantas Šadžius, Member of the European Court of Auditors (ECA); and participates in a working dinner with Mr Jānis Reirs, Minister for Welfare of Latvia.

Mr Günther Oettinger in Warsaw, Poland: attends the V4+4 conference on future of EU Budget.

Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis delivers a speech at the meeting of the EU Platform on Food Losses and Food Waste, in Brussels.

Ms Elżbieta Bieńkowska in Rome, Italy (until 15/06): visits Fucino Space Centre.

Ms Vĕra Jourová delivers a keynote speech at a conference for the Launching of the European Barnahus Movement on innovative ways to support child victims of violence, in Brussels.

Mr Tibor Navracsics in Varna, Bulgaria (until 15/06): meets Ms Lilyana Pavlova, Minister for the EU Presidency of Bulgaria; Mr Krasen Kralev, Minister for Youth and Sports; Mr Ivan Portnih, Mayor of Varna; Mr Krasimir Valchev, Minister for Education and Science; and representatives of Varna universities; delivers an opening speech at the Annual meeting of the youth organisations under the theme “Youth Spaces”; and participates in a Citizens’ Dialogue.

Ms Corina Creţu in Chios, Greece: meets Ms Christiana Kalogirou, Governor of North Aegean region; and mayors of the North Aegean islands; and visits two EU-funded projects “Mastiha Museum” and “Nea Moni (New Monastery)”.

Ms Margrethe Vestager in Leiden, the Netherlands: delivers a “Europa Lecture” at Leiden University.

Mr Carlos Moedas receives Ms Sue Desmond-Hellmann, CEO of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

 

Jeudi 15 juin 2017

European Parliament Plenary Session in Strasbourg

15-16/06 EU – US Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial Meeting

President Jean-Claude Juncker receives Mr Geert Bourgeois, Minister-President of Flanders, Belgium.

President Jean-Claude Juncker in Belœil, Belgium: delivers a speech entitled “L’avenir de l’Europe” at a conference organised by the “Cercle de Belœil”.

Mr Frans Timmermans in Prague, the Czech Republic: delivers a keynote speech at the Prague European Summit; and meets Mr Lubomír Zaorálek, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic.

Ms Federica Mogherini in Oulu, Finland: participates in the high-level event on EU Arctic Policy “A sustainable Arctic – innovative approaches”.

Mr Andrus Ansip in Valletta, Malta: participates in the Digital Assembly conference organised by the European Commission and the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the EU.

Mr Jyrki Katainen delivers a keynote speech at the 2017 Water Innovation Europe conference, in Brussels.

Mr Neven Mimica meets the National Authorising Officers of Western Africa, in Brussels.

Mr Karmenu Vella in Oulu, Finland (until 16/06): participates in the 2nd “Top of the World Arctic Broadband Summit” in the panel “Visions for the Future”; and in the high-level event on EU Arctic Policy “A sustainable Arctic – innovative approaches”.

Mr Dimitris Avramopoulos, Ms Vĕra Jourová and Mr Julian King in Valetta, Malta (until 16/06): participate in the EU-US Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial Meeting.

Ms Marianne Thyssen in Luxembourg: participates in the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council; and in meeting of the Council on the Pillar of Social Rights.

M. Pierre Moscovici à Luxembourg: participe à la réunion annuelle du Conseil des gouverneurs du mécanisme européen de stabilité (MES).

Ms Violeta Bulc in Arnhem-Nijmegen, the Netherlands (until 16/06): participates in the global cycling summit Velo-City 2017; and delivers keynote speeches during the plenary and Mayors’ sessions of the summit.

Ms Elżbieta Bieńkowska in Rome, Italy: delivers a speech at high-level conference “Space Policy for EU Integration”.

Ms Corina Creţu in Leros, Greece: meets Mr George Hadjimarkos, Governor of the South Aegean region; and mayors of South Aegean islands; and visits an EU-funded project: “Artemis Leros Boatyard”.

Ms Margrethe Vestager in Bornholm, Denmark (until 16/06): attends “Folkemøde” – Denmark’s Political Festival.

Mr Carlos Moedas in Paris, France:delivers a keynote speech at Viva Technology Conference on “Tech & Politics”.

Vendredi 16 juin 2017

Economic and Financial Affairs Council in Luxembourg

Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council

EU – US Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial Meeting

President Jean-Claude Juncker receives Mr Yves Pozzo di Borgo and Mr Simon Sutour, Members of the French Senate.

Mr Maroš Šefčovič delivers a keynote speech at “Tackling energy poverty in Europe – What more needs to be done?” event, organised by the European Policy Centre, in Brussels.

00:00 Mr Valdis Dombrovskis

Mr Jyrki Katainen receives Mr Christian Thimann, Chairperson of the High-Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance and Group Head of Regulation, Sustainability and Insurance Foresight at the AXA Group.

Mr Johannes Hahn in Azerbaijan: on official visit.

Mr Karmenu Vella in Oulu, Finland (until 16/06): participates in the Arctic Stakeholder Forum “European investment priorities for the Arctic” as part of the high-level event on EU Arctic Policy “A sustainable Arctic – innovative approaches”.

Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis in Luxembourg: meets Mr Florian-Dorel Bodog, Minister for Health of Romania; Mr Juha Rehula, Minister for Family Affairs and Social Services of Finland; Ms Ellen Trane Nørby, Minister for Health of Denmark; and Ms Edith Schippers, Minister for Health, Welfare and Sports of the Netherlands.

Mr Dimitris Avramopoulos, Ms Vĕra Jourová and Mr Julian King in Valetta, Malta: participate in the EU-US Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial Meeting.

Ms Marianne Thyssen receives Mr Herman Van Rompuy, President Emeritus of the European Council.

Mr Christos Stylianides in Nicosia, Cyprus: meets Mr Demetris Syllouris, President of the House of Representatives of Cyprus; presents the White Paper on the Future of Europe to the House of Representatives of Cyprus; and holds a speech at the Association for Social Reforms (OPEK).

Ms Corina Creţu in Athens, Greece: delivers a keynote speech at event on entrepreneurship, innovation and smart specialisation, organised by Attica region; visits an EU-funded project “State Museum of Modern Art”, accompanied by Ms Rena Dourou, Governor of Attica region; an EU-funded project: “Institute of Geodynamics National Observatory of Athens“; and meets Mr Dimitri Papadimitriou, Minister for Economy and Development of Greece; and Mr Alexis Charitsis,  Alternate Minister for Economy and Development.

 

Samedi 17 juin 2017

M. Frans Timmermans participe au colloque “Demain, une Union dans la fraternité” organisé par La Grande Loge de Belgique, à Bruxelles.

M. Pierre Moscovici à Berlin, Allemagne: rencontre M. Wolfgang Schäuble, Ministre fédéral allemand des Finances; et participe au Körber History Forum “Connecting Politics and History”, organisé par la Fondation Körber.

Ms Violeta Bulc in Florence, Italy: participates in the Executive Symposium on European Regulation of Airport Charges.

 

Prévisions du mois de juin:

12-13/06 Agriculture and Fisheries Council

12-15/06 European Parliament Plenary Session in Strasbourg

15/06 Eurogroup

15/06 Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council

15-16/06 EU – US Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial Meeting

16/06 Economic and Financial Affairs Council

16/06 Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council

19/06 Foreign Affairs Council

19/06 Environment Council

20/06 General Affairs Council

23/06 European Council

 

Permanence DG COMM le WE du 10 au 11 juin 2017:

Alexander WINTERSTEIN: +32 (0) 460 79 32 65

Permanence RAPID – GSM: +32 (0) 498 982 748

Service Audiovisuel, planning studio – tél. : +32 (0)2/295 21 23

General Market

Daily News 16 / 05 / 2017

President Juncker consults the European Parliament on Mariya Gabriel as Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society

President Jean-Claude-Juncker interviewed today Mariya Gabriel, the candidate proposed by the Bulgarian Government for Commissioner to replace former Member of the Commission Kristalina Georgieva. On this basis, President Juncker confirmed the competencies of Mariya Gabriel required under Article 17(3) of the Treaty on European Union (TEU) to become candidate for Commissioner and announced his intention to allocate the Digital Economy and Society portfolio to her. A Mission Letter sent today by President Juncker to Mariya Gabriel details her main tasks and responsibilities as Commissioner in charge of the Digital Economy and Society. Following today’s interview of Mariya Gabriel and the announcement by President Juncker of the portfolio allocation, the process will now follow Article 246(2) TFEU and point 6 of the Framework Agreement between the European Parliament and the European Commission. An exchange of views between Mariya Gabriel and the relevant Committee of the European Parliament is expected to take place in the coming weeks. Read the full press releaseavailable in all EU languages here. (For more information: Mina Andreeva – Tel.: +32 229 91382)

 

Commission calls on Member States to meet obligations under the EU’s emergency relocation and resettlement schemes and sets out new approach on interoperability of information systems on borders and security

Meeting in Strasbourg, today the College of Commissioners will adopt two reports on the EU’s emergency relocation and resettlement schemes and on progress made towards an effective and genuine Security Union. The first report will take stock of actions taken by Member States over the last month to fulfil their commitments under the relocation and resettlement schemes. On the European Agenda on Security, today’s report will provide an update on the state-of-play with regards to the important work being carried out to improve security in the EU, and at its borders through better data management and the interoperability of information systems. Full press material will be available online at the start of the press conference in Strasbourg with Commissioners Avramopoulos and King which will be livestreamed here.(For more information:  Tove Ernst – Tel.: +32 229 86764; Katarzyna Kolanko – Tel.: +32 299 63444)

Commission registers European Citizens’ Initiative on reducing the wage and economic differences

The European Commission has today decided to make a partial registration of a European Citizens’ Initiative which invites the Commission to propose “Legal acts that clearly demonstrate the EU’s intention to eliminate wage inequalities between Member States and which – to achieve this objective – allow for a more efficient cohesion of these states“. The formal registration of this Initiative on 22 May 2017 will start a one-year process of collection of signatures of support by its organisers. Should the Initiative receive one million statements of support within one year, from at least seven different Member States, the Commission will have to react within three months. The Commission’s Decision makes clear for which kind of legal acts the signatures may and may not be collected in this case, dependent on the competences set out in the Treaties. More information is available in the press release available here. (For more information:Mina Andreeva – Tel.: +32 229 91382; Tim McPhie – Tel.: +32 229 58602)

“Lower Saxony in Europe and Europe in Lower Saxony”: speech by President Juncker at the Lower Saxony Landtag

As part of his discussions with regional parliaments and local authorities, President Juncker was in Hannover, Germany yesterday to mark the 70th anniversary of the Parliament of Lower Saxony. Speaking about the importance of national and regional parliaments, President Juncker declared: “Nations are not temporary inventions of history, their presence is permanent. And the same applies to regions. We can only construct Europe with and not against them”. The President also stressed that “it is important that the European Commission (…) remains in intensive dialogue with national and regional parliaments” and invited the Lower Saxony Parliament to be involved in European politics even more and to participate in the debate about the future of Europe. In his speech, the President addressed a wide range of issues, from EU migration policy, to the Digital Single Market, Capital Markets Union, Energy Union, the Juncker Plan and our single currency, the euro. Speaking about the social dimension of Europe, he said: “We have to pay more attention to the concerns of Europeans in social matters. (…) We must again turn back to those, for whom Europe was invented. Dreaming cannot be forbidden”. Finally, President Juncker alsospoke about the benefits Member States derive from the European Union, notably though the EU budget. “In Europe there are no net payers and net recipients. In Europe, all Member States are net recipients because without Europe they would be net payers,” he said. The full speech in German is available here, and a recording can be found on the EbS website. (For more information: Mina Andreeva – Tel.: +32 229 91382)

 

Commission welcomes European Parliament vote on extension and reinforcement of the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), the heart of the Juncker Plan

The Commission welcomes the vote by Members of the European Parliament’s Budgets and Economic and Monetary Affairs committees to agree their position on extending, expanding and reinforcing the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), the so-called “EFSI 2.0”. The proposal seeks to extend the EFSI’s duration and enhance its financial capacity. The target of investment mobilised is to be increased from EUR 315 billion by 2018 to at least half a trillion euro by 2020. The proposal also places a greater emphasis on additionality and aims to further enhance the EFSI’s transparency and geographic balance. European Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen, responsible for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness, said: “The European Fund for Strategic Investments has already proven to be an important tool to boost investment, support jobs and spur growth across all 28 Member States. The extension of the EFSI represents an opportunity to build on that success. I look forward to continue working with Members of the European Parliament and Member States in the weeks to come to secure a final agreement.” The Commission now calls on the Parliament and Member States to continue working towards the final adoption of the EFSI 2.0 proposal as quickly as possible to the benefit of public and private promoters driving investment projects in Europe. A full press release is available here. (For more information: Annika Breidthardt – Tel.: +32 229 56153; Enda McNamara – Tel.: +32 229 64976)

 

Juncker Plan: EUR 80 million for Italian SMEs

The Juncker Plan has backed a European Investment Fund (EIF) agreement with Banca Popolare Pugliese, an Italian financial intermediary, to provide EUR 80 million in financing to innovative Italian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and small mid-caps over the next two years. The European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), the central pillar of the Juncker Plan, was a crucial factor in making this loan agreement possible. European Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen, responsible for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness, said: “The Investment Plan has already proven to be a success and Italy is amongst the Plan’s top beneficiaries. I am delighted that, with today’s agreement, even more Italian small and medium-sized businesses will gain access to the finance they need to innovate, grow, hire new employees and expand their activities.” The Juncker Plan is now expected to trigger over EUR 31 billion in investments in Italy and EUR 183.5 billion across Europe. For the latest figures country-by-country, see here. A full press release is available here. (For more information: Annika Breidthardt – Tel.: +32 229 56153; Enda McNamara – Tel.: +32 229 64976)

 

Commission introduces new measures to fight poaching and end trade in raw ivory

The Commission is moving to end the export of old raw ivoryas of 1 July, with the adoption of new guidance on the EU rules governing ivory trade. Today’s decision, foreseen in the EU Action Plan against wildlife trafficking, will help to prevent that legal ivory trade fuels international ivory trafficking, which has risen significantly over the last decade. The Commission will also grant new financial support of € 2.25 million to the Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) to help with the implementation of the decisions on international wildlife trade agreed at the CITES Conference of Parties in October 2016. Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella said: “Fighting international ivory trafficking is a battle we can’t afford to lose. By ending the export of ivory tusks and other raw ivory we are living up to our responsibility. And we are delivering on the next commitment in our Action Plan against wildlife trafficking. Our financial support for developing countries will strengthen their capacity to implement the CITES Convention. This is essential to achieve progress in the fight against poaching and for sustainable wildlife trade.” A press release and Q&A on the new guidelines are available online.(For more information: Enrico Brivio – Tel.: +32 229 56172; Iris Petsa – Tel.: + 32 229 93321)

 

Aviation Safety: Commission clears all airlines from Benin and Mozambique from EU Air Safety List

The European Commission updated the EU Air Safety List, the list of non-European airlines that do not meet international safety standards, and are therefore subject to an operating ban or operational restrictions within the European Union. The EU Air Safety List seeks to ensure the highest level of air safety for European citizens, which is a top priority of the Aviation Strategy adopted by the Commission in December 2015. Following today’s update, all airlines certified in Benin and Mozambique are cleared from the list, while four individual airlines are added (Med-View, Mustique Airways, Aviation Company Urga and Air Zimbabwe). Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc said: “I am glad that we are able to take all carriers from Benin and Mozambique out of the air safety list. Their reforms have paid off. This is also a signal to the 16 countries that remain on the list. It shows that work and cooperation pays off. The Commission and the European Aviation Safety Agency are ready to assist them and raise the safety standards worldwide”. More information is available in a press release in EN, FR and DE. (For more information: Enrico Brivio – Tel.: +32 229 56172; Alexis Perier – Tel.: +32 229 6 91 43)

European Commission marks the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia

Ahead of the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia on 17 May, First Vice-President Frans Timmermans said: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) people are our parents, our children, our siblings, our friends, our neighbours and our fellow Europeans. Let’s treat them as such. It’s time we put an end to the widespread discrimination against LGBTI people together.”Commissioner Věra Jourová added: “No matter who you love or who you are, everyone should enjoy the same rights and be protected from discrimination in the same way. We call on Member States to unblock discussions on the Equal Treatment Directive which would prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in education, social protection and access to goods and services.” Last year, the Commission published a list of actions to advance LGBTI equality, which sets out the EU’s activities in this field for 2016-2019. Outside the EU, engaging in same-sex relationships is still considered a crime in more than 70 countries. You can find online a statement by High Representative/ Vice-President Federica Mogherini. For the first ever, the Commission will organise, under the responsibility of Commissioner Günther Oettinger,an event for European Commission staff on the occasion of IDAHOT tomorrow, on the theme of ‘Inclusion and Identity in the Workplace: an asset for all of us’. To show the Commission’s support for diversity and for LGBTI equality, the European Commission’s Berlaymont headquarters and the headquarters of the European External Action Service will be lit up tonight in the colours of the rainbow flag. A factsheet on advancing LGBTI equality is available online, as well as the first testimony in the series of #EU4LGBTI stories – Roberto & Andrea. (For more information: Nathalie Vandystadt – Tel.: + 32 229 67083; Mélanie Voin – Tel.: +32 229 58659; Tim McPhie – Tel.: +32 229 58602)

EUROSTAT: Le PIB en hausse de 0,5% tant dans la zone euro que dans l’UE28

Au cours du premier trimestre 2017, le PIB corrigé des variations saisonnières a augmenté de 0,5% dans la zone euro (ZE19) ainsi que dans l’UE28 par rapport au trimestre précédent, selon l’estimation rapide publiée par Eurostat, l’office statistique de l’Union européenne. Au cours du quatrième trimestre 2016, le PIB avait crû respectivement de 0,5% et 0,6%. Un communiqué de presse est disponible ici. (Pour plus d’informations: Annika Breidthardt – Tel.: +32 229 56153; Juliana Dahl – Tel.: +32 229 59914)

 

EUROSTAT: Excédent de 30,9 milliards d’euros du commerce international de biens de la zone euro

D’après les premières estimations pour le mois de mars 2017, les exportations de biens de la zone euro (ZE19) vers le reste du monde se sont établies à 202,3 milliards d’euros, en hausse de 13% par rapport à mars 2016 (178,9 mrds). Les importations depuis le reste du monde ont quant à elles été de 171,4 mrds d’euros, en hausse de 14% par rapport à mars 2016 (150,7 mrds). En conséquence, la zone euro a enregistré en mars 2017 un excédent de 30,9 mrds d’euros de son commerce international de biens avec le reste du monde, contre +28,2 mrds en mars 2016. Le commerce intra-zone euro a progressé à 168,1 mrds d’euros en mars 2017, soit +12% par rapport à mars 2016. Un communiqué de presse est disponible ici. (Pour plus d’informations:Daniel Rosario – Tel.: + 32 229 56185; Kinga Malinowska- Tel.: +32 229 Kinga 51383)

STATEMENTS

Statement by Commissioner Stylianides on the Ebola outbreak in the Northeast of the Democratic Republic of Congo

Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management and EU Ebola Coordinator Christos Stylianides has issued a statementfollowing the declaration of an Ebola outbreak in the Northeast of the Democratic Republic of Congo: “The EU is fully committed to provide all support necessary. The national authorities, with the support of the World Health Organisation (WHO), and the European Commission’s experts in the country as well as international medical NGOs, have set in motion initial measures to respond to the situation. The European Commission’s Emergency response Coordination Centre (ERCC) is taking necessary preparedness measures for a potential EU intervention in case the European Medical Corps and logistical capacities would be needed. In these early days of the outbreak our priority must be to maintain close and efficient coordination with the national authorities, the WHO, EU Member States, international partners and NGOs on the ground. (…) In this regard we are in close contact with our Member States. This new outbreak is a stark reminder that we can never let our guard down. (…)” The full statement is online here. (For more information: Carlos Martin Ruiz de Gordejuela – Tel.: +32 229 65322, Daniel Puglisi – Tel.: +32 229 69140)

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Le Commissaire Moedas à l’inauguration de SESAME, “un projet phare de la diplomatie scientifique”

Le commissaire en charge de la recherche, de la science et de l’innovation Carlos Moedas a participé aujourd’hui à la cérémonie d’inauguration de l’accélérateur de particules SESAME (“Synchrotron Light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East”), à Allan, en Jordanie, en présence de sa Majesté le Roi de Jordanie et des représentants de 17 pays partenaires, ainsi que de l’UNESCO, de l’AIEA et du CERN. Le Commissaire a souligné le fort engagement de l’Union européenne dans ce projet, centre de recherche le plus avancé du Proche-Orient et symbole de la collaboration pacifique entre les pays de la région. “SESAME est la preuve la plus incontestable que la diplomatie scientifique est synonyme d’excellence et représente un outil incomparable pour améliorer les relations entre les pays, les régions et les cultures en promouvant la paix et la stabilité dans la région. La science est un langage universel qui permet d’ouvrir des canaux de communication et de construire des relations de confiance. Je suis fier que l’Union européenne apporte son soutien à ce projet phare de la diplomatie scientifique“, a déclaré le Commissaire. Demain, mercredi, le commissaire Moedas continuera sa visite au Proche-Orient et rencontrera à Jérusalem le Premier ministre israélien Benyamin Netanyahou et le ministre de l’Economie Eli Cohen. Après une rencontre avec des étudiants à l’université Ben Gourion de Beer-Sheva, il visitera le Cyber Teck Park de la ville. Il participera le soir à une réception en l’honneur des 10 ans du Conseil européen de la recherche (ERC). Plus d’informations sur SESAME et l’engagement de l’UE ici. (Pour plus d’informations: Lucia Caudet – Tel.: + 32 229 56182; Mirna Talko – Tel.: +32 229 87278; Maud Noyon – Tel.: +32 229 80379)

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European Union Indispensable Partner of United Nations, Ready to Build Cooperative New World Order, Its Top Diplomat Tells Security Council

Russian Federation Assails Bloc over Sanctions, as United States Urges It to Press Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Iran

Describing the European Union as an indispensable partner of the United Nations, the bloc’s senior-most diplomat told the Security Council today that it was ready to move beyond the current international uncertainty and join the Organization in building a more cooperative world order.

“The European way is the United Nations way,” declared Federica Mogherini, the European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.  “The European vision is the United Nations vision.”  She was delivering her statement as the Security Council discussed United Nations cooperation with the European Union in the context of its work with regional and subregional organizations.

Emphasizing that all European Union actions and initiatives were taken in full partnership with the United Nations, she noted that both organizations believed in the same principles and were built upon the same fundamental ideals.  Both believed that security was not exclusively about military might, but also about diplomacy, development, economic growth and human rights, she added.

Concerning the situation in Syria, she said the European Union had worked to strengthen international support for the United Nations-led negotiations in Geneva, while insisting that the international community start looking into the country’s post-war reconstruction.  Every effort must be made to preserve fragile Syrian unity, and the European Union was ready to mobilize all its resources to that end, she added.

The same approach had shaped the Brussels Conference for the Central African Republic, which had managed to mobilize more than €2 billion in support of Government priorities in that country.  The European Union was increasingly active as a global provider of security, she said, pointing out that collectively, its member States contributed almost 40 per cent of the United Nations peacekeeping budget.  The bloc’s 15 military and civilian operations worked in constant cooperation with the world body, including off the coast of Libya in operation SOPHIA, aimed at dismantling the smuggling networks operating there and enforcing the Security Council’s arms embargo, she added.

“Confrontational approaches lead nowhere,” she emphasized, declaring:  “Between win-win and lose-lose, the European Union has picked sides.  We stand on the side of dialogue and partnership.  Where others see conflict, we look to cooperate.”  The bloc believed in a global order based on rules agreed together and respected by all.

The representative of the United States said the number of times that her country and the European Union had partnered together was striking, while expressing hope for greater European Union support for efforts to address the anti-Israel bias within the Human Rights Council.  Concerning the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, she urged the bloc to implement the relevant Security Council resolutions rigorously and impose tough additional measures of its own, including downgrading diplomatic ties.  It should also make clear to Iran that it must end its destabilizing actions in the Middle East, including its support for terrorist organizations.

However, the Russian Federation’s representative expressed concern about destructive, unilateral approaches, describing the unilateral imposition of sanctions circumventing the Security Council as illegitimate and counterproductive “limiting measures”.  Most such cases resulted in additional suffering for civilians and eroded the legitimacy of the United Nations.  Although the European Union had indeed become a key player in the global arena, its cooperation with the Russian Federation was, nevertheless, in a “hard spot”, which was particularly striking given the overlap in Russian and European matters, including the struggle against terrorism, the situation in the Middle East and their joint cooperation in addressing the Iran nuclear issue.  While the Russian Federation intended full cooperation with the European Union, that must take place on an equal footing, taking the interests and concerns of each side into account, he stressed.

Also speaking today were representatives of Sweden, France, Italy, United Kingdom, Japan, Ukraine, Bolivia, China, Ethiopia, Egypt, Kazakhstan, Senegal and Uruguay.

The meeting began at 10:06 a.m. and ended at 12:12 p.m.

Statements

FREDERICA MOGHERINI, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, said that, despite the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the bloc, it had recommitted to being the strong and united Power that its citizens and partners deserved.  The European Union was, and would continue to be, an indispensable partner to its neighbours first and foremost, she emphasized.

All European Union actions and initiatives were taken in full partnership with the United Nations, particularly because both organizations believed in the same principles and were built upon the same fundamental ideals, she said.  Both believed that security was not exclusively about military might, but also about diplomacy, development, economic growth and human rights.  When the Secretary-General highlighted the importance of preventing conflict and mediation, his words resonated with the European Union’s Global Strategy and integrated approach to conflict and crises, she said, adding that those concepts were being turned into practice each and every day.

Recalling that an international conference on the future of Syria and the wider region had taken place in Brussels just over a month ago, she said its primary goal had been to address the urgent and dramatic humanitarian situation faced by Syrians both inside and outside their country and to support communities hosting them.  The European Union had worked to strengthen international support for the United Nations-led negotiations in Geneva, and for a political solution, while insisting that the international community start looking into the post-war reconstruction of Syria, she said, emphasizing that every effort must be taken to preserve fragile Syrian unity, and that the European Union was ready to mobilize all its resources in that regard.

“This is the European way — addressing the urgent and the long term, the humanitarian, the security and the diplomatic needs at the same time,” she said.  The same approach had shaped the Brussels Conference for the Central African Republic, which had managed to mobilize more than €2 billion in support of Government priorities in that country.  The European Union was increasingly active as a global security provider, she said, pointing out that collectively, its member States contributed to almost 40 per cent of the United Nations peacekeeping budget.  The bloc’s 15 military and civilian operations worked in constant cooperation with the United Nations, including off the coast of Libya in operation SOPHIA, aimed at dismantling the networks of smugglers operating there and enforcing the Security Council’s arms embargo.

She went on to state that the European Union’s Global Strategy for Foreign and Security Policy foresaw greater cooperation on security and defence matters in the region, noting that more steps had been taken towards a European Union of security and defence in one year than in the previous 60.  Greater cooperation meant more efficient spending, better capabilities and more security for European citizens, she said, but it also mean that the European Union was becoming an even more reliable partner for its friends and neighbours, starting with the United Nations and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

Conflict-prevention depended on good development policies and strong State institutions, she said, stressing that peace would not be sustainable without decent infrastructure, good health care and education.  “This is what we call resilience, and the United Nations remains a fundamental partner in this kind of work,” she noted, adding that, for that reason, the voluntary European Union contributions to the Organization’s funds and agencies amounted to half their respective total budgets.  “So, let me be very clear, and speak directly to our American friends.  It is essential that we all keep investing in these UN agencies,” she stressed.

She went on to warn that the terrible famine that had hit the Horn of Africa could potentially make the fragile security situation there even worse, also describing it as a powerful reminder that climate change was real and already impacting the security environment.  In that context, the Paris Agreement on climate change showed the right approach to modern challenges.  The greatest divide in today’s world was between those who believed that international politics were a “zero-sum game” and those who worked to build “win-win solutions”.  The European way was a constant search for win-win solutions, she said, adding that the essence of the United Nations was to represent a space where compromise could prevail over confrontation.

Since the 2016 United Nations summit on refugees and migrants, the European Union had formed five new partnerships with five African countries, she continued, explaining that, the cooperative approach was already producing concrete results and could feed into discussions towards a global compact on refugees and migrants.  “Confrontational approaches lead nowhere,” she emphasized, declaring:  “Between win-win and lose-lose, the European Union has picked sides.  We stand on the side of dialogue and partnership.  Where others see conflict, we look to cooperate.”  The bloc believed in a global order based on rules agreed together and respected by all.  Rules were all too often perceived as a constraint on some and more than a guarantee for all, but more power politics was the perfect recipe for further destabilization, she cautioned, underlining that international rules were not a threat, but protection for every nation’s autonomy.

Those rules covered territorial integrity, the inviolability of borders and the free choice of countries in dealing with their own future.  No world Power was strong enough on its own to end the multiple crises facing the world, she emphasized.  That was true of the conflict between Israel and Palestine, in which no peace would be possible unless the leadership of both demonstrated courage and political will, she said, explaining that some situations called for imaginative approaches, as in Venezuela, where traditional formats seemed to have failed.

The European Union never looked for a mere photo opportunity, she said, emphasizing that a real impact mattered more than headlines.  The bloc had become an indispensable partner of the United Nations, ready to move beyond the current disorder and build a more cooperative world order together.  “The European way is the United Nations way,” she declared.  “The European vision is the United Nations vision.”

OLOF SKOOG (Sweden) described the “European project” as the single most important institutional source of peace and stability in the region since the Second World War.  Because of its foundations, the European Union was a natural partner to the United Nations, in both the maintenance of international peace and security, and in ensuring a more sustainable world.  Sweden shared its commitment to a world based on the principles of democracy, the rule of law and the universality and indivisibility of human rights, he said, emphasizing that a strong United Nations was a cornerstone of the European Union’s common foreign and security policy.  Sweden supported the Secretary-General’s focus on preventing conflict and sustaining peace, and for his efforts to reform the United Nations, he said, stressing the particular importance of the strategic partnership between the European Union and the United Nations in the fields of peacekeeping and crisis management.

FRANÇOIS DELATTRE (France) said the European Union was a strategic peacekeeping partner with a growing role.  Many of the missions it had deployed had contributed to the implementation of Council decisions, notably in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo, as well as in Mali, Niger, Central African Republic and Somalia, where it supported the building of capacity to respond to crises.  The bloc provided 40 per cent of the United Nations peacekeeping budget, and drew upon all its available tools, prioritizing political solutions and addressing root causes of conflict, such as terrorism.  That approach was aligned with the Secretary-General’s vision, he said.  The European Union had also been a partner in seeking solutions to crisis, especially in Syria, where it had joined others in underscoring the need for intra-Syrian talks leading to a political solution.  In Libya, it was providing resources for the Prime Minister to fight terrorism, while its European Union military operation in the Southern Central Mediterranean SOPHIA operation was combating the trafficking of migrants.  Noting that the bloc’s proactive efforts in that regard were often downplayed or misunderstood, he stressed that it was the main provider of aid to refugees across the globe.  Although it could not solve the migrant crisis alone, the European Union was shouldering its political, security, financial, moral and human responsibilities as efficiently as possible, he said.

SEBASTIANO CARDI (Italy) said his country supported strengthening the European Union’s voice within the United Nations and the Council, noting that Italy’s decision to split its membership with the Netherlands had been shaped by their shared European values.  The United Nations and the European Union both incorporated a holistic approach into their strategies, he said, citing the European Union Global Strategy on foreign and security policy.  The bloc supported United Nations missions through its common defence and security policies, he said, citing its engagement in Somalia, Central African Republic, Mali and Libya.  Protecting and saving lives was a priority, as seen in the Mediterranean every day, thanks to operation SOPHIA, which had led to the rescue of more than 34,000 people and the arrest of over 100 smugglers.  “The European Union is a global driver of peace,” he emphasized, pointing to its engagement in diplomatic efforts to solve conflicts in the Middle East, and closer to home, where ending the crisis in Ukraine was a top priority.

PETER WILSON (United Kingdom) said that, since inception, both the European Union and the United Nations had shared the same values, which were just as relevant today as they were at the founding.  Terrorism, organized crime, uncontrolled migration, climate change and globalization had led to protracted humanitarian crises, which demonstrated that the two organizations must develop complementary and collaborative approaches to such challenges.  The European Union had demonstrated its ability to support the United Nations as a global provider of security, he said, noting that operation SOPHIA off Libya’s coast continued to save lives, counter illegal migration and interdict weapons that could fuel violent extremism.  In Ukraine, the bloc was applying targeted sanctions to help that country in the face of Russian aggression.  The European Union also helped the United Nations resolve crises through its capacity as an “honest broker”, he said.

NIKKI HALEY (United States) said the number of times that her country and the European Union had partnered to amplify joint efforts was striking.  The bloc had been a close partner in addressing the conflict in Syria, including by providing humanitarian assistance, and in the long term, its commitment to supporting that country’s reconstruction would be invaluable to the Syrian people, the region and the world.  Emphasizing the “imperative” of imposing sanctions on those linked to Syria’s chemical weapons programme, she stressed that, while the United States appreciated European Union efforts to apply the relevant Security Council sanctions, much more must be done.  Ukraine was another area in which the two had demonstrated a shared interest in bringing a greater focus to the relationship between human rights and global security, she said.

Expressing hope that there would be greater European Union support for efforts to address the anti-Israel bias in the Human Rights Council, she also voiced deep concern over the situation of migrants in the Mediterranean, and commended the efforts of European countries to prevent human trafficking and smuggling.  Additionally, the bloc’s financial contributions to African Union forces in Somalia had been central to the significant political and security progress made in that country.  Concerning the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, she urged the European Union to implement the relevant Security Council resolutions rigorously and impose tough additional measures of its own, including downgrading diplomatic ties.  She also called upon the European Union to make clear to Iran that its destabilization actions in the Middle East, including its support for terrorist organizations, must stop.

YASUHISA KAWAMURA (Japan) said the European Union played an indispensable and complementary role in enabling the Council to maintain peace and security.  Japan and the European Union were global strategic partners, having worked together for international peace and security, he said, noting the European Union’s key role as a member of the Middle East Quartet.  Expressing strong support for the European Union Global Foreign and Security Policy, he said he looked forward to enhancing cooperation with the bloc and expressed hope for implementation of the global strategy on building maritime capacities and regional security architecture in South-East Asia.

VOLODYMYR YELCHENKO (Ukraine) said the European Union had helped to resolve crises far beyond its geographic “neighborhood”, citing Colombia as just one example.  The bloc’s Global Strategy for foreign and security policy reflected the priorities of European Union-United Nations cooperation, he said, expressing support for their unified and integrated approach to conflicts and crisis.  Stronger engagement in resolving conflict and participation in political dialogue would enhance the voice of partners struggling for peace and democratic values.  Citing the Strategy on United Nations peacebuilding efforts, he joined its call for Council members not to vote against credible draft resolutions requiring action to prevent or end mass atrocities.  Since the 1990s, he noted, the Russian Federation had created “controlled instability” in many countries along its borders, as in Ukraine, where it sought to halt that country’s integration with the European Union.  The European Union and the United Nations should not shy away from a proactive approach to resolving conflict in Europe, he stressed.

SACHA SERGIO LLORENTTY SOLÍZ (Bolivia) said there should be more efforts to strengthen multilateralism through strict adherence to the United Nations Charter, including in relation to regional organizations.  Concerning conflict between nations, he said all Member States must comply with Charter principles, including peaceful settlement of disputes through negotiations and dialogue, and in the absence of progress, through the International Court of Justice.  The principles of non-interference and non-use or threat of force should not be a pretext for challenging the independence or territorial integrity of any State, he emphasized.  Noting the European Union’s “very important” role in the negotiations on the Iran nuclear issue, as well as in addressing the Israeli-Palestinian crisis through its support for a two-State solution, he said it had also demonstrated significant commitment in Africa, including Somalia, Libya, Mali and the Central African Republic.  He blamed the “terrible imbalance” arising from the profound inequality prevailing around the world, saying the worst affliction today was the prevalence of war perpetrated by interventionism and lack of respect for international law.

LIU JIEYI (China) said that, as one of the world’s largest regional organizations, the European Union had achieved significant economic and political integration, and demonstrated its ability to play an active role in a multitude of international affairs, including the Iran nuclear issue, and matters in the Middle East and Africa.  The European Union had rich experience in resolving conflict and peacekeeping, and should partner with the United Nations to strengthen cooperation and make even greater positive contributions to world peace, security and development by promoting multilateralism.  The United Nations and the European Union should work together to promote a campaign of global governance, consultation and collaboration, in order jointly to promote peace, regional security and global development, he said.  To cultivate a harmonious national security environment, they should strengthen cooperation and jointly push the abandonment of zero-sum thinking.  The European Union should also provide more funding and technical support to help developing countries meet the objectives laid out in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, he said.

TEKEDA ALEMU (Ethiopia), noting that Europe was not immune to global challenges, described the European Union as being among the most indispensable multilateral organizations, amid the deficit in trust that other institutions had long endured.  There was growing cooperation between the United Nations and the European Union on preventive diplomacy, peacekeeping, fighting terrorism, combating human trafficking, tackling the effects of climate change and promoting sustainable development.  Europe was an important partner for Africa, he said, expressing gratitude for the European Union’s efforts in Somalia.  He also welcomed the renewed commitment to investing in Africa’s peace and development, noting that support provided through its African peace facility had been “quite significant”.

SEIF ALLA KANDEEL (Egypt) advocated enhanced partnerships between the United Nations and regional organizations, in accordance with Chapter VIII of the United Nations Charter.  Amid the unprecedented challenges of terrorism, illegal migration, piracy and cross-border organized crime, the bloc was among the most influential international actors working to solve challenges in the Middle East and Africa.  Its new and noteworthy Global Strategy for Foreign and Security Policy was and it should be carried out in accordance with the United Nations Charter and international law, notably the principles of sovereignty and non-interference, and in coordination with regional actors, he said.  He underscored the need for an integrated United Nations-European Union approach to peacekeeping, citing the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic’s (MINUSCA) work to restore security in the Central African Republic.  In that context, he urged coordination with the African Union, saying it was capable of building the capacities of the Central African Republic’s army, and proposed expanding the European Union military operation in the Southern Central Mediterranean’s SOPHIA mandate in order to tackle the flow of foreign terrorist fighters, equipment and funds to Libya.

KAIRAT UMAROV (Kazakhstan) said the European Union was a “major international player” and noted its significant financial contributions both to the United Nations regular budget and to its peacekeeping budget.  The two organizations had a long history of working closely on issues relating to human rights, gender equality, cybersecurity and climate change, as well as many others issues, he said, adding that the cooperation must intensify in light of increasingly complex global threats.  Regional tensions in the Middle East and Africa required greater interlinkages between the European Union and other regional organizations and institutions, he said, pointing out that the European Union had fielded its own missions under its common foreign and security policy, while also providing invaluable support to peacekeeping missions deployed United Nations auspices.  As part of the bloc’s commitment to multilateralism, it should pursue greater cooperation with regional and subregional organizations to address emerging threats to peace and security in Eurasia, he said, citing the situation in Afghanistan as critically important for Kazakhstan and the wider Central Asia.

PETR ILIICHEV (Russian Federation) recalled his delegation’s frequent calls for improved cooperation between the United Nations and regional and subregional organizations, in accordance with the United Nations Charter.  He noted the contributions of the European Union in resolving many international issues, saying it had indeed become a key player in the global arena.  Nevertheless, cooperation between the Russian Federation and the European Union was in a “hard spot”, he said.  That was particularly striking when there was an overlap in Russian and European matters, including the struggle against terrorism, the situation in the Middle East and joint cooperation in addressing the Iran nuclear issue, he said.  However, destructive, unilateral approaches were of concern, including the ongoing use of unilateral sanctions that circumvented the Security Council, he said.

Describing those types of “limiting measures” as illegitimate and counterproductive, he said that, in the majority of cases, such practices had resulted in additional suffering for civilians and eroded the legitimacy of the United Nations.  The European Union’s participation in the so-called anti-Da’esh coalition inside Syria was taking place without the approval of the Security Council or the Syrian Government, which raised a multitude of questions and concerns.  The bloc’s operation SOPHIA had not yet managed to accomplish its main mission, he added.  It was “inadmissible” to subvert conflict resolution to individual priorities, he stressed the need to focus efforts on carrying out the political aspects of the Minsk agreement in Ukraine, despite the fact that, for the time being, Brussels continued its antagonist mentality, relying on anti-Russian sanctions.  The Russian Federation intended to cooperate fully with the European Union, guided by shared strategic goals, but that cooperation must take place on equal footing, taking the interests and concerns of each side into account, he said.

FODÉ SECK (Senegal) said that the European Union, anchored in its values, know-how and ways, had gained substantial human, institutional, technological and financial capacities, and was a leading partner of the United Nations.  Their communication and coordination activities included the Council’s informal biannual meeting with representatives from the European Union Political and Security Committee, with other high-level meetings addressing strategic issues.  He noted the bloc’s contribution to peace and security in the Central African Republic, Somalia and Mali, and more broadly in combating illegal trafficking and terrorism, and in managing the migrant crisis.  In its cooperation with all United Nations bodies, funds and programmes, the European Union was part of almost all the Organization’s activities, he noted.

ELBIO ROSSELI (Uruguay), Council President for May, spoke in his national capacity, recognizing the European Union’s efforts in the maintenance of international peace and security through its good offices, mediation, support for national institution-building and equipping of peacekeeping operations, which meant that the multilateral system could rely on a committed partner.  The bloc provided training on security sector reform in the Central African Republic, Mali and Somalia, in addition to having played an important role in Kosovo through its European Union Rule of Law Mission (EULEX) electoral mission.  It had contributed to dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina, and in to negotiations around the Minsk agreement, he said.  He noted that his country had received immigrants throughout the course of various wars afflicting the European continent, cautioning against criminalizing migration.