Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (Paris, January 2, 2014)

Presidency of the Council of the European Union – Handover from Lithuania to Greece (January 1, 2014)
Democratic Republic of Congo – Attacks on December 30, 2013
Somalia – Attacks in Mogadishu (January 1, 2014)

Presidency of the Council of the European Union – Handover from Lithuania to Greece (January 1, 2014)

France wishes Greece every success in assuming its 5th presidency of the Council of the European Union. It assures it of its full support for its efforts – notably with respect to our shared priorities: growth and employment, strengthening the economic and monetary union, improving the management of migration flows and strengthening the EU’s maritime policy.

France congratulates Lithuania on its first presidency of the Council of the European Union, which has just come to an end and which yielded some important achievements:

- critical advances with respect to the banking union, with in particular the introduction of the “Single Resolution Mechanism” to address banking crises;

- the agreement on the European budget for 2014-2020;

- increased support for growth and employment and significant changes regarding social matters, with the political agreement on the posting of workers and the adoption of the Professional Qualifications Directive creating a European professional card;

- the reform of the Civil Protection Mechanism, aimed at strengthening the synergies between the member states in the event of a natural disaster;

- the new impetus given to defense at the European Council of December 19-20, urging the member states to take responsibility for responding to crises more effectively, to remedy capability shortfalls and to develop their defense industries. It will be up to the Greek presidency to make progress toward implementing the road map.

 

Democratic Republic of Congo – Attacks on December 30, 2013

France condemns the attacks which notably targeted Kinshasa and Lubumbashi on December 30.

We deplore the extremely heavy loss of life as a result of this violence. France would like full light to be shed on these attacks. Those responsible for the violence must be held accountable and brought to justice.

 

Somalia – Attacks in Mogadishu (January 1, 2014)

France condemns the double attack carried out on January 1, 2014, in Mogadishu, which, according to the latest reports, killed 11 people.

We extend our condolences to the victims’ families and express our solidarity with the Somali people.

France supports the efforts of the Somali authorities to promote stability. It also commends the efforts of the Somali police force and army, as well as the African Union Mission in Somalia, to restore peace and security.