General Affairs Council:
extracts from the arrivals and doorsteps
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - Council
End production: 05/12/2011 First transmission: 05/12/2011
the Council will take note of a presidency progress report on the EU multiannual
financial framework for the 2014-2020 period.
It will prepare the European Council meeting on 9 December on the basis of draft conclusions.
The Commission will present its annual growth survey and its work programme for 2012.
President Herman Van Rompuy will join ministers to discuss preparations for the European
Council over lunch.
In the afternoon, the Council will discuss EU enlargement and the stabilisation and association
process for the Western Balkans.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Inter-Institutional Relations and Administration
||Arrvial and soundbite by Mikolaj Dowgielewicz, Polish State Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (In ENGLISH) saying that: always excellent excpectaitons, it will be a very a ,long day though.
||Birgitta Ohlsson, Swedish Minister for European Affairs
||Mariliza Xenogiannakopoulou, Greek Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs
||Lucinda Creighton, Irish Minister of State for European Affairs
||Eniko Gyori Hungarian Minister of State for EU Affairs
||Mikolaj DOWGIELEWICZ, Polish State Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
||Jean Leonetti, French Minister in charge of European Affairs
||Soundbite by Diego Lopez Garrido, Spanish State Secretary for the European Union (In ENGLISH) saying that:We support the candidacy of Serbia to initiate negotiation with the European Union and to have the statute of candidate. Serbia has improved its obligations and commitments in relation with the EU; the Commission has assessed that Serbia is on a good way, and then we consider that the Commission is a reliable body in Europe and for that reason, it is necessary to support Serbia in order to have a state of candidate for the EU.