The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs
Spokesperson


Paris - March 8, 2018
In this issue:

◢  United Nations – Meeting between Jean-Yves Le Drian and Pierre Krähenbühl, Commissioner General of UNRWA (Paris - March 7, 2018)

◢  European Union – Participation by the minister for European affairs in the Ministerial Conference on the Multiannual Financial Framework (Sofia - March 9, 2018)

◢  Diplomatic archives – Launch of the Digital Diplomatic Library (Paris - March 12, 2018)

 
United Nations – Meeting between Jean-Yves Le Drian and Pierre Krähenbühl, Commissioner General of UNRWA (Paris - March 7, 2018)

Jean-Yves Le Drian met with Pierre Krähenbühl, Commissioner General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), on March 7.

The minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs reaffirmed to him France's support for UNRWA. He commended the impressive and necessary work carried out in support of more than five million Palestinian refugees.

While UNRWA is facing financial difficulties, the discussions provided an opportunity to address requirements and the important reforms undertaken to ensure the continuity of UNRWA's missions. Jean-Yves Le Drian will take part in the donors' conference in Rome on March 15, which will be an important step toward mobilizing the international community's efforts.

Lastly, Jean-Yves Le Drian and Pierre Krähenbühl reaffirmed their attachment to finding a just and lasting solution to the refugee issue as part of a comprehensive solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, based on the two-state solution. The minister for Europe and foreign affairs reaffirmed France's determination to play its full role in the efforts needed to give credible momentum to the peace process.



European Union – Participation by the minister for European affairs in the Ministerial Conference on the Multiannual Financial Framework (Sofia - March 9, 2018)

Nathalie Loiseau, Minister for European Affairs, will visit Sofia on Friday, March 9 for the Ministerial Conference on the Multiannual Financial Framework.

The Multiannual Financial Framework translates the EU's priorities into financial terms for a 7-year period (2021-2027). The conference in Sofia organized by the Bulgarian presidency of the Council of the European Union will provide an opportunity to continue the debate on the priorities and challenges of the future EU budget launched by the initial discussions held by the heads of state and government of the 27 member states at the informal summit in Brussels on February 23. The work carried out in Sofia will contribute to the reflections of the Commission, whose proposal is expected at the beginning of May.

The minister will reaffirm the importance of a budget commensurate with strong European ambitions equal to the challenges the EU is facing: a Europe that protects, that is fully competitive, with confirmed historical policies (common agricultural policy and cohesion policy). The minister will also underscore the need to reform the revenue side of the budget, with genuine own resources and the elimination of rebates.



Diplomatic archives – Launch of the Digital Diplomatic Library (Paris - March 12, 2018)

As part of its policy of openness and facilitating public access to its archives, the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs is pleased to announce that the Digital Diplomatic Library created in partnership with the Bibliothèque Nationale de France (BnF) will be launched on March 12, in the presence of Maurice Gourdault-Montagne, the Quai d'Orsay’s secretary general, and Laurence Engel, president of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France (BnF).

Developed as part of the "Gallica marque blanche" service, the Digital Diplomatic Library is accessible to all free of charge and makes several thousand heritage resources available online. It provides access to several thousand digitized documents from the Ministry as well as documents from Gallica selected for their cultural and historical interest. Categories include diplomatic history, treaties, agreements and conventions, French mandates and protectorates, and official intergovernmental and foreign publications. It will be added to on a regular basis. This project contributes to the building of a national digital heritage.

The launch of the Digital Diplomatic Library is the fifth "Gallica marque blanche" partnership between the BnF and a French institution.

The Digital Diplomatic Library is part of a broader cooperative effort between the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs and the BnF that has existed since 2009. The Diplomatic Archives also participate in the BnF's "Patrimoines partagés" portals, which provide free access to exceptional documents that bear witness to diplomatic, cultural, scientific, and commercial interactions between France and the world (heritage.bnf.fr).

For more information, visit bibliotheque-numerique.diplomatie.gouv.fr.


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