General Affairs Council, 3032th meeting: extracts from the joint press conference by Steven Vanackere, acting Belgian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Institutional Reforms and President in office of the Council, and Maroš Šefčovič
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 13/09/2010 First transmission: 13/09/2010
On 13/09/2010, Olivier Chastel, acting Belgian Secretary of State for European Affairs, and Steven Vanackere, acting Belgian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Institutional Reforms, co-chaired the 3032nd meeting of the General Affairs Council, which took place in Brussels.
The meeting aimed to preparing the European Council of 16 September 2010. There were also discussion with Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, about the state of play on the task force proceedings about economic recovery, and the way the European Union has to organise itself to make this possible.
And the Council was informed by the Commission of developments as regards a common register of interest representatives (lobbyists), that the Commission and the European Parliament were establishing, and which was expected to become operational as from June 2011.
Steven Vanackere and Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Inter-Institutional Relations and Administration, gave a joint press conference after the meeting, to explain the relevance of the issues.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||General view of the panel
||SOUNDBITE (in ENGLISH) by Steven Vanackere, acting Belgian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Institutional Reforms: We were talking about the resolution in New York. It is clear that we pride ourselves of having had good convergence on the efforts of the national diplomacies and the European diplomacy headed by Catherine Ashton. But this being said, we also recognise that this resolution came about also with the efforts of President Tadic of Serbia, and a lot of Member States expressed clearly the wish to not let this effort go unanswered, not to let it get unrewarded. It is clear that we will come back to this issue, and as the President of the General Affairs Council, I have announced that the question of sending the avis for Serbia on accession talks for their comments. I will be putting on the agenda of the General Affairs Council in October 2010.
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||SOUNDBITE (in ENGLISH) by Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Inter-Institutional Relations and Administration: The agreement with the European Parliament that we will try to work together and we will create joint register. It will be more transparent with the cooperation, but the institutions will be better and we will have the same procedure. I informed the Ministers that we have now more than 3.000 companies registered in the Commission's register. The number of the entries is steadily growing. We managed to find such an interim agreement with the European Parliament working partly, that we will most probably rename this register. So it would allow us to get on board NGO's, research companies, which had big problems to be named lobbyists, the same I would say by the representatives of churches, etc.
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