The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs
Spokesperson


Paris - June 9, 2020
In this issue:

◢  European Union – Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne's participation in the video conference of EU foreign affairs ministers (trade) (June 9, 2020)

◢  Denmark – Telephone call between Amélie de Montchalin and Danish Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod (June 8, 2020)

 
European Union – Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne's participation in the video conference of EU foreign affairs ministers (trade) (June 9, 2020)

Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, Minister of State attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, took part in the video conference of EU foreign affairs ministers (trade) on June 9.

The ministers discussed the following points:

  • the issues related to the reform of the WTO in the context of the forthcoming appointment of a new WTO director-general. France stressed the need for a united and coordinated European position in support of an ambitious WTO reform and a multilateral trade system that encourages sustainable development. It called on the EU to continue its efforts with respect to fair competition, industrial subsidies and transparency.
  • the consequences of the Covid-19 crisis for trade, and in particular the issue of strengthening the EU's strategic autonomy in order to respond to crises, and the draft plurilateral initiative proposed by the European Commission aimed at combating the risks of global shortages of essential medical goods.

France notably supported the Commission's proposal to bring the review of the EU's trade policy forward to this year.

France underscored the importance of strengthening the resilience of the EU's production and supply chains and of ensuring that greater consideration is given to the challenges of sustainable development, in accordance with the implementation of the Green Deal.



Denmark – Telephone call between Amélie de Montchalin and Danish Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod (June 8, 2020)

Amélie de Montchalin, Minister of State for European Affairs attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, spoke on June 8 with Danish Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod.

Their conversation focused mainly on economic recovery strategies in response to the health crisis, especially the European recovery plan and the next European budget, which the EU European affairs ministers will discuss on June 16 ahead of the videoconference of heads of state and government on June 19. Following up on the French-German initiative of May 18, Ms. de Montchalin underscored the need for an ambitious, solidarity-based recovery plan providing significant European support for the sectors and regions hit hardest by the crisis. They also addressed the coordination of strategies for ending the lockdown, particularly the coordinated and progressive lifting of measures at the borders.

The ministers also discussed the EU's future relationship with the United Kingdom, stressing in particular shared challenges on fisheries, the goal of launching the Conference on the Future of Europe as quickly as possible, and strengthening European mechanisms to guarantee respect for the rule of law in the EU.

Lastly, they spoke about the humanitarian airlift for Africa instituted by the EU on May 7 and the project of a joint flight to Burkina Faso that would include the French European affairs minister, the Danish development minister, and the European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid, Mr. Lenarčič.


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