General Affairs and External Relations Council: arrivals

Type: Report   Reference: I-060662   Duration: 10:03:35  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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10:00:05 Arrival of Javier Solana, Secretary General of the Council of the EU and High Representative for CFSP 00:00:06
10:00:11 Cutaway 00:00:05
10:00:16 Javier Solana (in ENGLISH) saying that they are ready to cooperate with the government elected by the people, and they will try very much to maintain a process of negotiations; the time for crisis management only is over; they have to do a conflict resolution as soon as possible; he will be going and spend a week there, and see all the countries of the region before the meeting that will take place in Cairo on 2 March; he will go to Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Israel and Ramallah; they have to see how the situation evolves after the elections in Israel; there is a very important meeting ahead; on 2 March, there will be a big conference in Cairo, there will be an Arab summit in Doha; he would like to be present to see how the EU can help. 00:01:02
10:01:18 Cutaway 00:00:05
10:01:23 Javier Solana (in ENGLISH) saying that they hope very much that it will be a good cooperation; the Americans have not decided yet, beyond the decision taken of increasing the number of troops; there is room for cooperation in many dossiers: military, civilian, police, coordination of aid; they are in permanent contact with the United States and will continue to do so. 00:00:32
10:01:55 Cutaway 00:00:06
10:02:01 Javier Solana (in ENGLISH) saying that it was a good meeting; he spent a long time with the President, analysing the situation, the relationship with the EU; they are willing to be part of the Eastern Partnership. 00:00:21
10:02:22 Arrival of Alexandr Vondra, Czech Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs and President in office of the Council 00:00:07
10:02:29 Alexandr Vondra (in ENGLISH) saying that they can have a rough start but they need to move ahead with the peace process, because the two State solution road is now going and they cannot take the luxury to wait. 00:00:20
10:02:49 Cutaway 00:00:05
10:02:54 Arrival of Alexander Stubb, Finnish Minister for Foreign Affairs, and statement (in ENGLISH) saying that they have to first see if he succeeds in setting up an Israeli government but they work with any Israeli government; they will try to get the peace process going again. 00:00:17
10:03:11 Cutaway 00:00:05
10:03:16 Alexander Stubb (in ENGLISH) saying that he had the opportunity to meet all four leaders in September: Tipzi Livni, Benyamin Netanyahu, Ehud Olmert, Shimon Peres; in all those discussions, he had the strong feeling that the two State solution is part of the package and they just have to get everyone around the table and negotiate. 00:00:19
10:03:35 Arrival of Bernard Kouchner, French Minister for Foreign and European Affairs 00:00:04
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