The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs

Paris - June 21, 2018
In this issue:

◢  Austria – Visit by Nathalie Loiseau (Vienna - June 21, 2018)

◢  Tourism – Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne in Les Landes (June 21, 2018)

◢  Security – Fifth meeting on the security of international cooperation operators abroad (June 22, 2018)

◢  Turkey – Trial of Taner Kiliç (June 21, 2018)

Austria – Visit by Nathalie Loiseau (Vienna - June 21, 2018)

European Affairs Minister Nathalie Loiseau is in Vienna today. She will discuss major European issues with her counterpart, Gernot Blümel, and with Minister for Digital and Economic Affairs Margarete Schramböck. She will also present France's European priorities for its future EU Council presidency.

To mark the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the Franco-Austrian Center for Rapprochement in Europe, Ms. Loiseau will attend a conference on the future of the European Union, which is also a citizen consultation on Europe. This event will bring together numerous French and Austrian experts on European issues, political figures, members of international think tanks, and European Commission representatives. Discussions will focus on three themes: "to better protect – security and migration"; "the EU's defense, enlargement, and foreign policies"; and "competitiveness, solidarity and subsidiarity." To facilitate interaction with the public, the discussions will be streamed over the Internet and everyone will be able to participate directly via social networks, using the hashtag #ZukunftDerEU.

During her visit, the European affairs minister will review migratory issues with Fabrice Leggeri, director of the Frontex agency, who is also in Vienna, and will meet with Michael O' ’Flaherty, director of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights.

She will also visit the French school in Vienna to announce important projects relating to our bilateral cooperation: the opening of an international German-language section, and the signing of a partnership agreement with the Sorbonne on a double bilingual curriculum for the Bachelor's degree.

Tourism – Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne in Les Landes (June 21, 2018)

Minister of State attached to the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne is in Les Landes today to attend the general assembly of the "Tourism and Territories" association, a network that articulates France’s tourism policy and includes all departmental tourism bodies in continental France and its overseas departments.

In 2017, France welcomed 87 million international tourists, who generated €54 billion. This record number, the highest ever recorded in France, owes a great deal to tourism professionals, to the government, and to its tourism agency Atout France, as well as to local governments, including the departments, which worked together to end the crisis of 2016 and to boost France's appeal to tourists.

With more than a billion euros in revenues generated each year and 22 million overnight tourist stays in 2016, including 3.2 million by foreign tourists, Les Landes is an attractive destination. The minister will also visit the Nature Surf Camp surfing school in Messange, a leading ecotourism and active tourism destination.

Security – Fifth meeting on the security of international cooperation operators abroad (June 22, 2018)

On June 22, in Paris, the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs is hosting the fifth meeting on security abroad for those working in the field of international cooperation. The theme is "operating in danger zones."

Each year, this meeting brings together more than 180 high-level representative of operators, institutional partners and the administration to respond to the concerns of operators with activities in sensitive areas.

The fifth edition will be devoted to a discussion on security dynamics in priority intervention zones, missions in sensitive theaters of operation, and the role of new technologies in protecting colleagues on the ground.

Turkey – Trial of Taner Kiliç (June 21, 2018)

With a new hearing being held today in the trial of Taner Kiliç, chair of the Turkish branch of Amnesty International, and of other human rights activists being tried with him, France reaffirms its commitment to the right of every individual to have a fair trial and calls on Turkey to comply with its commitments on respecting rights and fundamental liberties, which NGOs such as Amnesty International are working actively to defend.

We call for the release of Mr. Kiliç, who has been held in pre-trial detention for more than a year despite a decision to release him last January, and we are following this case with particular vigilance; our consul general is attending the hearing.

Following his meeting with his Turkish counterpart in Paris on January 5, President Macron publically stated that he had "brought up the case of several NGO leaders" and reiterated that "our democracies must fully respect the rule of law."

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