Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson (Paris, April 14, 2015)

 

• Qatar – Meeting between Mr. Laurent Fabius and his counterpart (Paris, April 14, 2015)
• European Union – Meeting between Mr. Laurent Fabius and Ms. Cecilia Malmström, European Commissioner for Trade (Paris, April 15, 2015)
• European Union – Audiovisual sector – Opening by Mr. Harlem Désir of the meeting of the European Regulators Group (Paris, April 14, 2015)
• Cultural network update – South Africa – “French, the language of employment” forum (April 15 to17, 2015)
• Basel-Mulhouse Airport – Signing by Mr. Laurent Fabius and his Swiss counterpart of a joint declaration (April 14, 2015)
• Iran


Qatar – Meeting between Mr. Laurent Fabius and his counterpart (Paris, April 14, 2015)

Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, received his Qatari counterpart, Khaled al-Attiyah, this morning.

The strategic partnership between France and Qatar is now extremely strong in the political as well as economic and trade spheres.

In addition to strengthening bilateral relations, the meeting between Mr. Laurent Fabius and his counterpart provided an opportunity to discuss regional issues, including the crisis in Yemen and France’s determination to achieve a robust, lasting and verifiable agreement on the Iranian nuclear program.

 


European Union – Meeting between Mr. Laurent Fabius and Ms. Cecilia Malmström, European Commissioner for Trade (Paris, April 15, 2015)

Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will receive Cecilia Malmström, European Commissioner for Trade, tomorrow.

During their meeting, he will discuss the issues relating to the EU’s trade negotiations with third countries, notably the United States and Japan.

 


European Union – Audiovisual sector – Opening by Mr. Harlem Désir of the meeting of the European Regulators Group (Paris, April 14, 2015)

Mr. Harlem Désir, Minister of State for European Affairs, will today open the third meeting of the European Regulators Group for Audiovisual Media Services, at the invitation of Mr. Olivier Schrameck, who chairs the group.

This meeting will provide an opportunity to exchange views on the major European projects under way relating to audiovisual services. It will bring together regulators from all EU states, following the appalling attack against Charlie Hebdo and the cyberattack against TV5 Monde, in a context of mobilization around the values of freedom of expression and press freedom.

Mr. Harlem Désir will underscore the importance of supporting the transformation of the audiovisual landscape, through the revision of the Audiovisual Media Services Directive and through the European Commission’s future digital single market strategy. He will stress the need to strengthen the legal framework for copyright protection in response to a threefold requirement: cultural diversity, access to works and fair remuneration for artistic creation)

 


Cultural network update – South Africa – “French, the language of employment” forum (April 15 to17, 2015)

The Embassy of France in South Africa will host the “French, the language of employment” forum in the country’s 3 main cities - Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town - from April 15 to17.

The goal of the forum is to underscore the added value for young South African professionals of learning our language, in a context of increasing trade between South Africa and French-speaking regions. On this occasion, representatives from the Institut français, the Alliance française Foundation, the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the International Center for Educational Studies will present training programs focusing on French for professional purposes.

This event should bring together more than 350 participants, mainly from the business world, as well as representatives from the South African education and academic sectors.

For more information, please visit: http://www.ambafrance-rsa.org/

 


Basel-Mulhouse Airport – Signing by Mr. Laurent Fabius and his Swiss counterpart of a joint declaration (April 14, 2015)

Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, and his Swiss counterpart, Didier Burkhalter, signed a declaration on Basel-Mulhouse Airport, an economic hub and major employer in the tri-national French, German and Swiss region.

After more than 5 years of negotiations, this agreement defines the legal framework that will apply to the airport and Swiss companies in the customs sector:

- it lays down the conditions and procedures for applying French income tax, within the framework of a simple and favorable regime;

- subject to EU Council approval, it provides for the application of Swiss VAT;

- it establishes a mechanism to compensate for the air transportation costs incurred by France.

This interim agreement finally establishes a long-term legal regime that will ensure the future of this airport and increase employment opportunities.

Discussions will continue on the issue of local taxes, with a view to reaching a conclusion by October 1, 2015.

 


Iran

What’s your response to the Russian decision to end the ban on delivering S-300s to Iran? Is it a decision that’s likely to jeopardize the unity of the P5+1 in the negotiations with Iran? Furthermore, can you tell us when and where the discussions between the experts will resume?

The Six are united in their determination to reach a robust and verifiable agreement on the Iranian nuclear program and to impose sanctions until they are lifted within the framework of a comprehensive agreement.

The discussions between Iran and the Six will resume very soon.