The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs
Spokesperson


Paris - March 6, 2019
In this issue:

◢  UK – Visit by Nathalie Loiseau (London - March 7, 2019)

◢  EU – Signature of the European Banking Authority's headquarters agreement (Paris - March 6, 2019)

◢  Nepal – Meeting between Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne and the Nepalese Minister of Communication and Information Technology (Paris - March 5, 2019)

◢  Safety of French citizens abroad – Participation of the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs in the Lyon and Paris tourism trade shows (March 2019)

 
UK – Visit by Nathalie Loiseau (London - March 7, 2019)

European Affairs Minister Nathalie Loiseau will be in London on March 7 to address members of the French community in the United Kingdom, one of the largest in the world (147,000 enrolled in the registry of French nationals residing outside of France). The minister will specifically reaffirm her commitment to preserving the rights of European nationals living in the UK after Brexit.

During her visit, Ms. Loiseau will meet with Stephen Barclay, the British Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union. They will discuss the status of talks on the UK's withdrawal from the EU. Ms. Loiseau will reiterate on this occasion that while there is no question of reopening the withdrawal agreement, France and the EU may discuss clarifications to be made, notably in the political statement on future relations between the EU and the UK. Furthermore, if the UK should request an extension in the negotiating period, we could only accept it if there is a clear and credible vision going forward.

The minister will also meet with Keir Starmer, a Labour MP and Shadow Brexit Secretary, and Conservative MP Dominic Grieve. They will discuss British parliamentary deadlines.

During this trip, Ms. Loiseau will open the Franco-British Summit of Mayors with Communities Secretary James Brokenshire. This event, the principle of which was agreed upon in January 2018 at the bilateral Sandhurst summit, is designed to allow mayors and local elected officials to develop new partnerships to respond together to the very similar challenges we are facing on both sides of the Channel.

Finally, Ms. Loiseau will deliver a speech on Brexit, the future of the EU, and bilateral relations at the London School of Economics, one Britain's major universities.



EU – Signature of the European Banking Authority's headquarters agreement (Paris - March 6, 2019)

European Affairs Minister Nathalie Loiseau, Minister of State attached to the Ministry of Economy and Finance Agnès Pannier-Runacher, and European Banking Authority Chairperson Jo Swyngedouw will sign the EBA's headquarters agreement on March 6.

The EBA is a European agency whose mission is to regulate and ensure effective prudential oversight of the banking sector at the EU level. Following the UK's decision to leave the EU, European ministers decided on November 20, 2017, to move it from London to Paris. It sends a strong message about the appeal of Paris and the Ile-de-France region.

The signing of the headquarters agreement will formalize the reestablishment of the European Banking Authority in France.



Nepal – Meeting between Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne and the Nepalese Minister of Communication and Information Technology (Paris - March 5, 2019)

2019 marks the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between France and Nepal. On March 5, Minister of State attached to the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne met with Nepalese Minister of Communication and Information Technology Gokul Prasad Baskota.

The ministers observed that bilateral relations between our two countries remain excellent and signed two letters of intent on economic cooperation in aerospace and internal security. Nepal is particularly interested in the know-how of French companies in these fields.



Safety of French citizens abroad – Participation of the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs in the Lyon and Paris tourism trade shows (March 2019)

Officials from the Crisis and Support Center at the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs will take part in the Mahana Lyon Tourism Trade Fair on March 8-10, as well as the International Tourism Trade Show in Paris on March 14-17.

They will welcome visitors and tourism professionals at their booths, where they will promote the proper instincts one should have while traveling abroad to ensure a peaceful, well-informed trip - consulting our travel advisories and signing up with our Ariane service:

  • For the past 20 years, our compatriots have been able to consult the travel advisory section of our website www.diplomatie.gouv.fr, gain information about their destination country and find recommendations relating to risks, health, and practical aspects of their travel abroad (formalities, laws, and customs). The Ministry's Crisis and Support Center has created 190 country and destination files, using a certified procedure (ISO 9001-2015).
  • The Ministry also recommends that French travelers remain informed of any changes in the security situation of their destination country by signing up for Ariane, also accessible on our site. This free public service allows French travelers prior to departure to report their presence abroad and to receive text or email messages containing security alerts or recommendations, if warranted by the situation in the country they are visiting. The Crisis and Support Center sent out 502 Ariane alert messages in 2018.


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