General Affairs and External Relations Council: arrivals

Type: Report   Reference: I-060663   Duration: 10:05:51  Lieu:
End production: 23/02/2009   First transmission: 23/02/2009
The EU Ministers for Foreign Affairs gathered in Brussels on 23 and 24 February 2009 for a meeting of the General Affairs and External Relations Council (GAERC). On 23 February, Karel Schwarzenberg, Czech Minister for Foreign Affairs and President in office of the Council, chaired the meeting of the EU External Relations Council. Among other issues, the meeting addressed the Middle-East peace process, Afghanistan, the Western Balkans and the Eastern Partnership. The Czech Presidency presented an outline of the agenda for the March European Council. The intention is to have a debate on the economic and financial situation, energy and climate change and on external relations. As to the Recovery Plan, the Council assessed the revised list of projects proposed by the European Commission and discussed financing possibilities. In the Presidency's view, reaching an agreement on the 5 bn package is crucial. The Council also briefly touched upon the agenda for the informal summit to be held in Brussels on 1 March 2009.

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10:03:48 Carl Bildt, Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs, (in ENGLISH) saying that these conditions are clearly incompatible with existing commitment to the peace process; it is very important that the EU sends a strong signal that it is not going to be accepted. 00:00:10
10:03:58 Arrival of Franco Frattini, Italian Minister for Foreign Affairs 00:00:03
10:04:01 Franco Frattini (in ITALIAN) saying that they have to proceed a dialog between the Palestinian factions; there will be a meeting in Sharm el-Sheikh in 4 days in order to find a better solution. 00:00:15
10:04:16 Cutaway 00:00:03
10:04:19 Franco Frattini (in ENGLISH) saying that they are not talking about more troops, they are talking about implementing a comprehensive strategy because a military commitment is not enough; they need political engagement, rule of law, stabilization at the border regions; they need much more than only a military commitment. 00:00:22
10:04:41 Cutaway 00:00:05
10:04:46 Franco Frattini (in ENGLISH) saying that it is simply not possible to abandon the strategy of two States living in peace and security; he thinks that Prime Minister designated Benjamin Netanyahu will follow such a strategy. 00:00:16
10:05:02 Vygaudas Ušackas, Lithuanian Minister for Foreign Affairs, (in ENGLISH) saying that the European policy should be positioned toward strengthening Belarus independence, stability and security, as long as the Eastern Partnership supports those schemes, alongside with encouragement to great environment for open society, respect of human rights and democracy; the EU should be open to the dialog with Belarus. 00:00:23
10:05:25 Arrival of Kinga Göncz, Hungarian Minister for Foreign Affairs 00:00:06
10:05:31 Arrival of Karel Schwarzenberg, Czech Minister for Foreign Affairs 00:00:05
10:05:36 Arrival of Samuel Žbogar, Slovenian Minister for Foreign Affairs 00:00:03
10:05:39 Arrival of Luís Amado, Portuguese Minister for Foreign Affairs 00:00:06
10:05:45 Arrival of Michael Spindelegger, Austrian Federal Minister for European and International Affairs 00:00:06
10:05:51 Michael Spindelegger (in GERMAN) saying that the participation to the IMF is necessary so that the danger that all economic system would collapse in Eastern Europe can be avoided. 00:00:13
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