The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
and International Development
Spokesperson


Paris - October 28, 2015
In this issue:

◢  Kosovo –– Statement issued by Harlem Désir on the signing of the Stabilization and Association Agreement with the European Union (Strasbourg - October 27, 2015)

◢  Albania – Meeting between Harlem Désir and Klajda Gjosha, Minister for European Integration (October 28, 2015)

◢  Attractiveness / World Bank – Publication of the Doing Business 2016 ranking

◢  Climate – Laurent Fabius’s participation in the first international forum on sustainable modes of transport (Paris - October 28, 2015)

◢  Japan – Inauguration of Japanese garden and “Regards croisés” exhibit at Domaine de la Celle Saint-Cloud (October 28, 2015)

◢  Ebola – International conference on lessons learned from the management of the crisis (Paris - October 29, 2015)

 
Kosovo –– Statement issued by Harlem Désir on the signing of the Stabilization and Association Agreement with the European Union (Strasbourg - October 27, 2015)

I welcome the signing of the Stabilization and Association Agreement between the EU and Kosovo on Tuesday October 27. This is an important milestone which confirms the EU’s full commitment to supporting Kosovo in its efforts to implement the reforms needed to continue its European rapprochement.

This agreement will be key to strengthening our cooperation in a very large number of areas, notably within the economic, trade and political spheres. In this context, special attention will be given to issues relating to the rule of law, justice and domestic affairs.

It is also in line with the dialogue facilitated by the high representative to promote the normalization of relations between Kosovo and Serbia, which led to the signing of the agreement of August 25, 2015, which France fully supports.



Albania – Meeting between Harlem Désir and Klajda Gjosha, Minister for European Integration (October 28, 2015)

Harlem Désir, Minister of State for European Affairs, will receive Klajda Gjosha, Albanian Minister for European Integration this afternoon.

They will work on developing our bilateral relations and our economic ties and will take stock of the strengthening of regional cooperation, in preparation for the Western Balkans Summit due to take place in Paris in summer 2016. They will also discuss relations between Albania and the EU, notably with respect to implementing the justice reforms, the fight against corruption and organized crime.



Attractiveness / World Bank – Publication of the Doing Business 2016 ranking

The most recent World Bank Doing Business 2016 ranking has just been published. It confirms the progress made over the last few months with respect to increasing the attractiveness of the French economy.

France ranks 27th (out of 189), moving up 4 places compared to last year. The ranking notably reflects the results achieved with respect to simplifying administrative procedures and moving to a paperless system – for example with respect to the payment of taxes and registering a company with the Trade and Companies Registry – as well as the quality of our infrastructure. France is the world leader with respect to the ease of trading across borders.

The publication of this annual ranking coincides with the closing of the “Invest in France Month” campaign, hosted by 50 of our embassies around the world from September 15 to October 15. This campaign, in which Laurent Fabius and Matthias Fekl participated in New York and Berlin, provided an opportunity to raise awareness among investors and foreign decision-makers of the efforts to increase our attractiveness. France now ranks 7th in the world in terms of the stock of foreign investment within its territory.



Climate – Laurent Fabius’s participation in the first international forum on sustainable modes of transport (Paris - October 28, 2015)

Laurent Fabius, COP21 President, will this evening attend the closing dinner of the first international forum on sustainable modes of transport.

This meeting, which was organized by the SNCF in partnership with Sciences Po Paris and the association CODATU (Cooperation for the Development and Improvement of Urban and Suburban Transport), will provide an opportunity for political leaders, elected representatives of major cities and experts from all over the world to reflect on how to develop sustainable and environmentally-friendly modes of transport.

This forum will take place this afternoon at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Conference Center



Japan – Inauguration of Japanese garden and “Regards croisés” exhibit at Domaine de la Celle Saint-Cloud (October 28, 2015)

Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development Laurent Fabius is inaugurating the new Japanese garden and “Regards croisés” exhibit at the Domaine de la Celle Saint-Cloud, a property owned by the Ministry, today. With him will be Tokyo governor Yoichi Masuzoe.

Organized by the Flag-France Renaissance association in partnership with the Japanese Embassy in France, the show will run from October 28 through November 1.

It offers a dialogue between French artists who completed residencies at Kyoto’s Villa Kujoyama, which reopened a year ago, and masters of Japanese art who will exhibit the great cultural classics of their country.

For more information, visit http://flagfrance.org/evenement-culturel/exposition-japon-france-regards-croises/



Ebola – International conference on lessons learned from the management of the crisis (Paris - October 29, 2015)

Annick Girardin, minister of State for development and Francophonie, will co-chair tomorrow’s international conference on managing the Ebola epidemic with Thierry Mandon, minister of State for research, and European commissioner and Ebola coordinator Chrystos Stylianides.

Bringing together more than 300 participants from every area (governments, agencies, international organizations, civil society, NGOs, patient associations), this conference will provide a wide range of feedback. It is organized in such a way as to allow those who have been on the ground to give feedback; its aim is to better prepare the international community to face health crises of this type.

While the disease has not yet been totally eradicated, this event will deal in particular with the medical care and follow-up of those who survived the epidemic.

From the outset of the crisis, France mobilized to fight the virus and is continuing to play a major role in this effort.


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