General Affairs and External Relations Council: round table

Type: Report   Reference: I-060664   Duration: 10:07:49  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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TIME DESCRIPTION DURATION
10:06:04 Title 00:00:04
10:06:09 Exterior view of the Council building 00:00:05
10:06:14 Bernard Kouchner, French Minister for Foreign and European Affairs 00:00:07
10:06:21 Cutaway 00:00:04
10:06:25 Karel Schwarzenberg, Czech Minister for Foreign Affairs and President in office of the Council, and Michael Spindelegger, Austrian Federal Minister for European and International Affairs 00:00:07
10:06:32 Andris Piebalgs, Member of the EC in charge of Energy 00:00:09
10:06:41 Javier Solana, Secretary General of the Council of the EU and High Representative for CFSP 00:00:06
10:06:47 Cutaway 00:00:03
10:06:50 Javier Solana and Michael Spindelegger 00:00:05
10:06:55 Bernard Kouchner and Luís Amado, Portuguese Minister for Foreign Affairs 00:00:06
10:07:01 Kinga Göncz, Hungarian Minister for Foreign Affairs 00:00:07
10:07:08 Franco Frattini, Italian Minister for Foreign Affairs 00:00:10
10:07:18 Alexandr Vondra, Czech Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs, and Franco Frattini 00:00:07
10:07:25 Kinga Göncz, Luís Amado and Urmas Paet, Estonian Minister for Foreign Affairs 00:00:07
10:07:32 Jean Asselborn, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Immigration of Luxembourg 00:00:06
10:07:38 Alexander Stubb, Finnish Minister for Foreign Affairs, Bernard Kouchner and Alexandr Vondra 00:00:06
10:07:44 Vygaudas Ušackas, Lithuanian Minister for Foreign Affairs, and Bruno Le Maire, French Minister of State to the Minister for Foreign and European Affairs, with responsibility for European Affairs 00:00:05
10:07:49 General view 00:00:05
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