Euromed meeting: arrivals and statements by Benita Ferrero-Waldner and Javier Solana, Secretary General of the Council of the EU and High Representative for CFSP
End production: 04/11/2008 First transmission: 04/11/2008
Ministers for Foreign Affairs from all 43 States of the Euro-Mediterranean partnership met in Marseille on 3 and 4 November 2008 to endorse plans for the mandate, structure and institutional governance of the Barcelona Process: Union for the Mediterranean.
The initiative, launched at the Paris Summit of 13 July, aims at injecting a renewed political momentum into the EU's relations with the Mediterranean through the reinforcement of shared ownership and the achievement of wider visibility through a far-reaching programme of projects.
To these ends, Ministers examined the details of the Commission's proposals for the functioning of the co-Presidency as well as the composition, seat and funding of the Secretariat. In efforts to advance the regional integration process, Ministers also agreed on priorities for the 2009 working programme.
At their arrival to the meeting, Benita Ferrero-Waldner, Member of the EC in charge of External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy, and Javier Solana, Secretary General of the Council of the EU and High Representative for CFSP, said that Barcelona was the favourite city to get the seat for the "Barcelona Process: Union for the Mediterranean".
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Arrival of Benita Ferrero-Waldner, Member of the EC in charge of External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy;
and statement (in SPANISH) saying that they have discussed and worked very hard, and she must say that it was difficult, but she thinks that they have a pre-agreement; they have to conclude and there is a lot of work to do; but she believes that they will have a good result; and Barcelona is the favourite city for the seat;
(in ENGLISH) on Barcelona; saying that it is really the favourite candidature; they have been working a lot, it was really not easy, but normally this is the thing that they do there and she does hope and she is really confident that at the end of the day they will come out with a good solution
||Arrival of Dora Bakoyannis, Greek Minister for Foreign Affairs
||Arrival of Javier Solana, Secretary General of the Council of the EU and High Representative for CFSP;
and statement (in ENGLISH) saying that it was a very good dinner, very frank; most of the issues that were open have been closed; of course they have to discuss the projects and close the formal session, but the atmosphere was very good and they are on the right track; he is happy to say that Barcelona will be the seat;
(in SPANISH) repeating what he's just said on the meeting and on the seat