The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs
Spokesperson


Paris - January 14, 2019
In this issue:

◢  EU – Trip to the European Parliament by Nathalie Loiseau (Strasbourg - January 15, 2019)

◢  Senegal – Visit by Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne (January 14, 2019)

◢  FYROM – Prespa Agreement on the renaming of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia / Vote in Parliament (January 11, 2019)

 
EU – Trip to the European Parliament by Nathalie Loiseau (Strasbourg - January 15, 2019)

European Affairs Minister Nathalie Loiseau will be at the European Parliament on January 15 for the plenary session in Strasbourg. She will attend the official ceremony marking the 20th anniversary of the euro.

On this occasion, the minister will meet with several European deputies to discuss various issues being addressed by the European Parliament: Brexit, the Copyright Directive, and the fight against terrorism online. She will discuss upcoming stages in the European Parliament's examination of the Mobility Package with Karima Delli, chair of the Committee on Transport and Tourism, and Dominique Riquet, vice-chair of that same committee. This legislative project is designed to better protect workers in the road transport sector while guaranteeing fair competition.

In Strasbourg, Ms. Loiseau will also meet with Brigitte Klinkert, president of the Departmental Council of the Haut-Rhin. They will discuss the "European Collectivity of Alsace" project and the expansion of French-German cross-border cooperation ahead of the future Aachen Treaty, which will supplement the 1963 Elysée Treaty.



Senegal – Visit by Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne (January 14, 2019)

Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, minister of state attached to the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, will be in Senegal today.

He will be attending the trial run of the Regional Express Train (TER) connecting Dakar with Diamniadio. This project is emblematic of the bilateral relationship between France and Senegal. France co-financed the TER, contributing some €330 million, or 30% of the project. The TER is designed to bring vitality to the new city of Diamniadio and in the long term will carry more than 100,000 passengers daily.

He will meet with Senegalese President Macky Sall and with Minister of Economy and Finance Amadou Ba to review our bilateral relations and our main commercial exchanges. He will reiterate France's commitment to Senegal, following the December announcement by the donor advisory group that it would contribute €1.5 billion over a five-year period (2019-2023).

The minister will also visit the Museum of Black Civilizations (MCN). This museum, which President Léopold Sedar Senghor envisioned in the late 1960s and which was inaugurated this past December, is creating new opportunities for cultural cooperation between our two countries. A partnership agreement has already been signed by the MCN and the Musée du Quai Branly.



FYROM – Prespa Agreement on the renaming of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia / Vote in Parliament (January 11, 2019)

France welcomes the final vote on January 11 by the Parliament of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia on the constitutional amendments required by the Prespa Agreement reached on June 17, 2018, between this country and Greece.

This is a critical step toward the entry into force of this historic agreement aimed at ending a bilateral dispute that has lasted for more than a quarter of a century.

As President Macron indicated, the Prespa Agreement is good for the country, the region and Europe.

France hopes that the Greek Parliament will soon vote in favor of ratifying the agreement.


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