General Affairs Council: Extracts from the arrivals and doorsteps

Type: News   Reference: i-079625   Duration: 00:06:27  Lieu: Luxembourg (town), Luxembourg - Council
End production: 25/06/2013   First transmission: 25/06/2013
Today, the General Affairs Council will address the EU's multiannual financial framework for 2014- 2020 in the light of the development of the recent trilogue discussions between the presidency, the European Parliament and the Commission. The Council will discuss enlargement and the stabilisation and association process. It will prepare the European Council meeting on 27-28 June on the basis of draft conclusions. Finally, the Council will take note of the state of play as regards an initiative for a new and more effective mechanism to safeguard fundamental values in member states.

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00:00:00 Title 00:00:05
00:00:05 Birgitta Ohlsson, Swedish Minister for EU Affairs 00:00:07
00:00:12 Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Inter-Institutional Relations and Administration 00:00:08
00:00:20 SOUNDBITE by Linas Antanas Linkevičius, Lithuanian Minister for Foreign Affairs (In English) saying that: I don't know whether we will discuss Turkey today, I believe it's important to preserve everything that was invested in the process. We are concerned about what has happened in Turkey but I believe we will find a way to preserve this integration process which is already quite difficult. Lithuania will try to do the best to move forward the process and be positive and constructive at the same time. 00:00:39
00:00:59 SOUNDBITE by Eamon Gilmore, Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade and Presiudent in office of the Council (In English) saying that: We have a full agenda this morning, first of all we have the preparations for the European Council meeting later this week, particularly proposals to address youth unemployment, secondly I will brief my colleagues on the outcome of the negotiations with the EP, conclusions we reached last wednesday with Lamassoure, with a number of issues on enlargement I hope it will be possible today to reach an agreement on making a recommendation on the opening of accession discussions with Serbia and the opening of discussions on the stabilization and association agreement with Kosovo. I have also been reflecting overnight on some proposals in relation to Turkey and I want to have a discussion on this today, I hope it will be possible to reach an agreement on chapter 22. 00:01:39
00:02:38 Štefan Füle, Member of the EC in charge of Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy 00:00:11
00:02:49 Íñigo Méndez de Vigo y Montojo, Spanish State Secretary for European Affairs 00:00:07
00:02:56 Janusz Lewandowski, Member of the EC in charge of Financial Programming and Budget 00:00:08
00:03:04 Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and President of the Council 00:00:08
00:03:12 Ioannis Kasoulides, Cyprus Minister of Foreign Affairs 00:00:07
00:03:19 Edgars Rinkevics, Latvian Minister for Foreign Affairs 00:00:07
00:03:26 SOUNDBITE by Jean Asselborn, Luxembourgish Minister for Foreign Affairs (In French) saying that: I think it's a good compromise that we could reach today, we will say yes to chapter 22 and then start after a while, give a time also to the Turkish authorities to think about this, to reflect about the recent developments. That would be a way to stay committed especeially for Turkish people. 00:00:38
00:04:04 Lucinda Creighton, Irish Minister of State for European Affairs 00:00:09
00:04:13 Thierry Repentin, French Minister for European Affairs 00:00:05
00:04:18 SOUNDBITE by Carl Bildt, Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs (In English) saying that: I hope that we'll be able to give the green both to Serbia and Kosovo, I think it's important to do this in order to encourage them to go forward with the implementation. I also think it's very important to confirm our open door to Turkey, that we take a decision to open chapter 22 of the negotiations so that we can deepen the dialogue with Turkey on different issues. 00:00:32
00:04:50 Enzo Moavero Milanesi, Italian Minister of European Affairs 00:00:07
00:04:57 Miroslav Lajcak,Slovakian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs 00:00:09
00:05:06 Kristian Vigenin, Bulgarian Minister for Foreign Affairs 00:00:07
00:05:13 Louis Grech, Maltese Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of European Affairs 00:00:09
00:05:22 SOUNDBITE by Guido Westerwelle, German Minister for Foreign Affairs (In German) 00:01:05
00:06:27 End 00:00:00
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