The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs
Spokesperson


Paris - February 26, 2018
In this issue:

◢  Syria / Adoption of UNSCR 2401 on the humanitarian situation in Syria – Statement by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (February 25, 2018)

◢  European Union – Nathalie Loiseau's participation in the Foreign Affairs Council (Brussels - February 27, 2018)

◢  European Union – Participation by Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, Minister of State attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, in the informal meeting of trade ministers (Sofia - February 26-27, 2018)

 
Syria / Adoption of UNSCR 2401 on the humanitarian situation in Syria – Statement by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (February 25, 2018)

The United Nations Security Council has just adopted UNSCR 2401, demanding an immediate end to the fighting and the establishment of a humanitarian truce lasting at least 30 days in Syria. This is an important first step which should enable help to be provided to the populations in distress, particularly in eastern Ghouta, where hundreds of thousands of people are under siege from the regime and its allies. France has acted with determination to ensure that UNSCR 2401 makes it possible to stop the indiscriminate bombing, deliver humanitarian aid to vulnerable people and organize the evacuation of the injured and sick people whose situations demand it. France will be both active and vigilant in ensuring that the truce is actually established and respected. It will work with all those who can contribute to this and will play its full role in international humanitarian action.

The minister for Europe and foreign affairs will visit Moscow on Tuesday, February 27. On that date he will discuss with his Russian counterpart all ways of effectively implementing United Nations Security Council Resolution 2401 and revitalizing international efforts to achieve a political solution to the conflict.



European Union – Nathalie Loiseau's participation in the Foreign Affairs Council (Brussels - February 27, 2018)

Nathalie Loiseau, Minister for European Affairs, will take part in the Foreign Affairs Council on February 27 in Brussels.

The ministers will prepare for the next European Council session on March 22 and 23. The minister will reaffirm France's commitment to the different points included on the agenda (in particular with respect to trade, social issues and digital sector taxation). She will request that the European Council also convey an ambitious message with respect to research and innovation.

In addition, the European Commission will present its "Reasoned Proposal" of December 20 calling for the European Council to adopt a decision—in accordance with the procedure under Article 7 of the Treaty on European Union—on the existence of a clear risk of a serious breach of the rule of law by Poland. The minister will confirm France's support for the European Commission's efforts and will call for efforts to ensure that the resumption of the high-level dialogue between the European Commission and the new Polish government will yield results by the end of March, the deadline for Poland to implement the recommendations addressed to it by the European Commission.

Lastly, the minister will take stock of the citizen consultations in order to underscore the European nature of this initiative which now brings together 26 member states, therefore justifying the European Commission's full involvement.

The minister will also take part in the General Affairs Council (Article 50) meeting. Following a presentation by Michel Barnier on the progress of negotiations with the British authorities, the ministers will prepare for the European Council (Article 50) meeting on March 23, during which guidelines on the future relationship between the United Kingdom and the EU should be adopted.



European Union – Participation by Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, Minister of State attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, in the informal meeting of trade ministers (Sofia - February 26-27, 2018)

Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne is taking part in the informal meeting of EU ministers responsible for trade in Sofia from February 26 to 27.

The meeting will focus on the challenges of the multilateral trade system, following the WTO Ministerial Conference in Buenos Aires in December 2017. It will provide an opportunity for the ministers to discuss the ongoing trade negotiations between Mexico, Mercosur and the ASEAN countries.

The ministers will also discuss the proposed creation of an international investment court, supported by France, following on from the reform of the investor-state dispute settlement system. Lastly, the meeting will provide an opportunity to discuss the proposal for a regulation establishing a framework for screening of foreign investment, a legislative initiative supported by France, the goal of which is to strengthen the EU's capacity to protect its strategic sectors through the establishment of a European framework and greater cooperation between member states.

During this visit, Mr. Lemoyne will meet with his German, Italian and Spanish counterparts.


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