The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs
Spokesperson


Paris - July 1, 2020
In this issue:

◢  Spain – Meeting between Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne and Spain's secretary of state for tourism (July 1, 2020)

◢  Estonia / Sweden – Visit by Amélie de Montchalin to Tallinn and Stockholm (July 1-2, 2020)

◢  Hong Kong

◢  Canada

 
Spain – Meeting between Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne and Spain's secretary of state for tourism (July 1, 2020)

Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, Minister of State attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, met with Isabel Maria Oliver Sagreras, Spanish Secretary of State for Tourism, on Wednesday, July 1. This meeting follows on from the meeting of EU tourism ministers via video conference on May 20.

The Minister of State and his counterpart discussed developments in the health situation in France and Spain, as well as the strategies to relaunch tourism in each of the two countries.

They reaffirmed the importance of strong coordination between both countries in order to facilitate tourism within the Schengen Area, in the context of the gradual and differentiated lifting of restrictions at the external borders of the European area. They underscored that the harmonization of health standards and practices, notably at the European level, will be crucial in order to regain the trust of tourists and guarantee their safety as well as that of tourism stakeholders.

The Minister of State reaffirmed that President Macron had made the relaunching of the tourism sector a national priority, with an unprecedented support plan amounting to €18 billion. He expressed the hope that the tourism sector would benefit from a European action plan that would pave the way for a sustainable and inclusive digital transformation that would take into account specific regional characteristics, especially for rural, island and outermost regions.

The ministers of state welcomed their cooperation within the World Tourism Organization and the European Commission's proposal to hold a European tourism summit in fall 2020.



Estonia / Sweden – Visit by Amélie de Montchalin to Tallinn and Stockholm (July 1-2, 2020)

Amélie de Montchalin, Minister of State for European Affairs, attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, is visiting Estonia and Sweden from July 1 to 2.

This visit is taking place in the run-up to the European Council from July 17 to 18 in order to establish the conditions necessary for an ambitious agreement on the European recovery plan. The Minister of State will reaffirm the importance of reaching an agreement in July in the face of the economic and social emergency and will underscore the need to include budgetary allocations of at least 500 billion in support of the sectors and regions most affected by the crisis. They will also discuss the next Multiannual Financial Framework, which must contribute to the recovery and make it possible to invest in European priorities, especially through packages promoting European sovereignty in such areas as the Common Agricultural Policy, defense and space. In this context, the budget must also be reviewed to ensure coherence with the EU's political goals through the creation of new own resources consistent with our environmental goals.

This recovery must be part of a project to rebuild Europe, and the Minister of State will therefore speak with her partners about holding the Conference on the Future of Europe as soon as possible, enabling citizens to take part in discussions on the lessons to be learned from the crisis.

Also on the agenda is the importance of properly coordinating border measures—more essential than ever for European countries as we emerge from the crisis—as well as strengthening European mechanisms to protect the rule of law.

In Tallinn, the Minister of State will meet with Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu and her counterpart, Märt Volmer. A joint statement on European issues and a specific statement on French-Estonian cooperation on cybersecurity will also be adopted on this occasion.

In Stockholm, Amélie de Montchalin will meet with Foreign Minister Ann Linde and EU Affairs Minister Hans Dahlgren. She will also meet with Economy Minister Ibrahim Baylan and the Swedish business community.



Hong Kong

What is your response to the Chinese Parliament's decision to adopt a national security law for Hong Kong on Tuesday?

I refer you to the statement issued by the EU today and the minister's remarks during the hearing before the National Assembly's Foreign Affairs Committee.



Canada

Canada decided to keep its borders closed to Europeans beyond June 30. Will you apply reciprocity, bearing in mind that it is on the list of 15 countries to which the EU just reopened its own borders?

In accordance with the recommendations of the European Commission and in close coordination with its European partners, France will move ahead with the gradual and individualized opening of its borders based on the health situations of various third countries.


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