The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs
Spokesperson


Paris - September 29, 2020
In this issue:

◢  Tourism – Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne's participation in the meeting of EU tourism ministers (video conference, September 28, 2020)

◢  Development assistance – Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne's participation in the meeting of EU foreign ministers (development) (video conference - September 29, 2020)

 
Tourism – Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne's participation in the meeting of EU tourism ministers (video conference, September 28, 2020)

Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, Minister of State for Tourism, French Nationals Abroad and Francophonie, attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, took part in the meeting of EU tourism ministers on September 28.

The ministers reviewed the summer season and the prospects for the tourism sector, while Europe is seeing a resurgence in Covid-19 cases.

The ministers agreed to continue European coordination efforts to ensure the sector's recovery. They underscored the importance of the European Commission's efforts to facilitate intra-EU mobility (notably with respect to the launch of the reopen.europa.eu platform). Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne reaffirmed his attachment to the principles of non-discrimination based on nationality and proportionality when restrictive measures on the movement of persons are adopted.

With respect to economic support for the tourism sector, the ministers agreed on the need to support businesses over the long term. The European Tourism Convention, due to be hosted by the European Commission on October 12, 2020, should result in the development of a road map for the sector consistent with the Green Deal.



Development assistance – Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne's participation in the meeting of EU foreign ministers (development) (video conference - September 29, 2020)

Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, Minister of State for Tourism, French Nationals Abroad and Francophonie, attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, is taking part today in the informal meeting of EU development ministers, notably focused on the partnership between the EU and Africa.

The minister of state will reaffirm his support for Europe's strong mobilization (EU, member states, agencies, banks) in support of vulnerable countries, notably on the African continent. He will stress the need to step up collective efforts to take into account the vulnerabilities related to public debt, investment promotion, economic integration, the digital transformation and the fight against climate change.

The minister of state will reaffirm France's support for the conclusion of an ambitious EU climate agreement with African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries in order to deepen cooperation notably in the areas of education and youth employment, while taking into account the commitments undertaken within the framework of the 2015 Paris climate agreement. This agreement must be based on a common foundation of democratic values, the rule of law and governance.



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