European Parliament – Heart of Asia Ministerial Conference
Visit by M. Bernard Cazeneuve to Strasbourg for plenary session of the European Parliament
M. Bernard Cazeneuve, Minister Delegate for European Affairs, will go to Strasbourg on 13 and 14 June 2012 for the plenary session of the European Parliament.
He will meet, among others, the President of the European Parliament, Mr Martin Schulz, and the presidents of the three main political groups in the European Parliament: Mr Joseph Daul (European People’s Party), Mr Hannes Swoboda (Social Democrats) and Mr Guy Verhofstadt (Liberals). The Minister will also meet the presidents of the French delegations, as well as the French MEPs and senior officials at the European Parliament.
This first visit to the European Parliament will be an opportunity for the Minister to emphasize the major importance of that European institution for France, and the French authorities’ commitment to its Strasbourg seat. It will enable in-depth dialogue to be initiated with MEPs.
The visit will also be an opportunity to discuss the major current European issues, particularly the rebalancing of the Treaty on Stability, Coordination and Governance through a substantial mechanism to promote growth, in the run-up to the European Council of 28 and 29 June.
Participation of the Minister Delegate for Development in the Kabul conference on regional security and cooperation in the "Heart of Asia" (Thursday, 14 June 2012)
M. Pascal Canfin, Minister Delegate for Development, attached to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, will represent France on 14 June at the Kabul conference on regional security and cooperation for Afghanistan.
This conference is part of a process launched at the Istanbul conference of 2 November 2011, during which Afghanistan and the countries of the region pledged to take confidence-building measures in all areas likely to foster the stability and prosperity of the region, known as the “Heart of Asia,” with the support of France and other members of the international community present at the launch of the Istanbul Process.
By the end of the transition period in 2014, the Afghan authorities will have taken over responsibility for security throughout the country. Regional cooperation and understanding will be more crucial than ever in order to establish lasting peace and the development of Afghanistan and her neighbours.
At this first follow-up conference to the Istanbul conference, the efforts of the participants in the Kabul conference will focus primarily on the implementation of confidence-building measures to combat terrorism and drug trafficking. The participants will also examine measures aimed at promoting trade, strengthening cultural and scientific cooperation and continuing the development of regional infrastructure.
This conference, which has been given the theme “A New Agenda for Regional Cooperation in the Heart of Asia” by the Afghan organizers, is part of a series that will continue with the Tokyo International Conference aimed at supporting Afghanistan’s economic development and reaffirming the international community’s long-term commitment alongside the Afghan people.
The Minister Delegate for Development will seize the opportunity offered by this visit to Kabul to go to the French Medical Institute for Children, which is managed by the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) in partnership with the French NGO Chaîne de l’Espoir, with financial support from the French Development Agency (AFD), and which provides Afghan children with access to high-quality healthcare and is helping rebuild the Afghan health system. M. Pascal Canfin will also meet representatives of the French and Afghan solidarity NGOs working in Afghanistan. (…)./.