The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs

Paris - October 4, 2018
In this issue:

◢  European Union – Informal meeting of EU trade ministers (Innsbruck - October 4-5, 2018)

◢  Ukraine – Extension of special status for Donbas (October 4, 2018)

European Union – Informal meeting of EU trade ministers (Innsbruck - October 4-5, 2018)

Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, Minister of State attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, will visit Innsbruck from October 4 to 5 to take part in the informal meeting of EU trade ministers.

During this meeting, the ministers will exchange views on the challenges and opportunities presented by the common commercial policy. They will notably discuss the EU's trade relations with the United States and proposals to modernize the World Trade Organization (WTO).

The minister of state will reiterate President Macron's desire—which he reaffirmed in his speech at the UN General Assembly on September 25—to ensure that a road map for WTO reform be adopted at the G20 in Buenos Aires (November 30 - December 1). He will reaffirm France's support for the EU's proposed solutions for modernizing the WTO and its rules.

Ukraine – Extension of special status for Donbas (October 4, 2018)

France welcomes the Ukrainian Parliament's adoption of the law extending the validity of the law on the special procedure for local self-governance in some areas of the oblasts of Donetsk and Luhansk until December 31, 2019.

This decision demonstrates once again Ukraine's commitment to fulfill its political obligations under the Minsk agreements.

We call on the parties to abide by all of their obligations under the Minsk agreements, among other things, to observe the ceasefire and withdraw heavy weapons. They must also pull back their troops from the areas designated in 2016, as they pledged to do within the framework of the trilateral contact group.

The Minsk agreement provide for holding local elections under Ukrainian legislation. Any other form of voting, as announced by the de facto authorities, is contrary to both the letter and the spirit of those agreements, and would be considered null and void. We call on Russia to use its influence over the authorities to renounce the supposed elections scheduled for November 11.

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