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I-026416
Ref: I-026416
Date: 10/11/1998

I-006224
Ref: I-006224
Date: 03/10/1997

I-024804
Ref: I-024804
Date: 11/08/1997

I-037113
Ref: I-037113
Date: 02/10/1996
Extract from the press conference by Hans van den Broek, Member of the EC, on the definition of common principles for future relations between the EU and the countries of South-East Europe
On 2 October 1996 Hans Van Den Broeck, Member of the EC in charge of External Relations with the Countries of Central and Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, Mongolia, Turkey, Cyprus, Malta and other European Countries, Common Foreign and Security Policy and Human Rights (in agreement with the President) and External Missions, outlined a set of principles on the basis of which future relations between the EU and certain countries in South-Eastern Europe may be developed. Concerning the countries at stake, i.e. Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and the Former Republic of Yugoslavia, the Commission confirms that the overriding objective in these countries is the successful implementation of the Dayton/Paris Peace Agreements. Through these agreements, political stability and economical prosperity should develop, while the process of political and economic reforms and the respect of human and minority rights and democratic principles should be fostered. For that purpose, the EU considers cooperation and the establishment of good neighbourly relations between the countries and the regions essential. Consequently the Commission underlines that the development and content of future bilateral relations of the Union with the countries concerned will to a large degree depend on that country's willingness to develop its relations with its neighbours. However, there can be no question of recreating the structures of former Yugoslavia. It is also obvious that no country should be held back by another country's unwillingness to cooperate. Future contractual relations with the countries of the region need not to be identical, they should rather reflect the varying circumstances. Although Albania and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia belong to the same region, they are to dealt with separately in view of their established and advanced relationship with the Union.

I-036344
Ref: I-036344
Date: 15/07/1996
General Affairs Council, 1943rd meeting: extracts from the press conference by Hans van den Broek, Member of the EC
On 15 and 16 July 1996, EU Ministers for Foreign Affairs gathered in Brussels. The meeting was chaired by Dick Spring, Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs and President in office of the Council. The Council held a public debate on the Irish Presidency programme for the second half of 1996. This televised debate enabled Ministers to table their comments on the programme and to indicate what they considered to the priority topics. Main items discussed were: the application by Slovenia for accession to the European Union; the nomination of a special envoy in Mostar; the situation in Russia following the recent presidential elections; the MEDA financial Regulation; the relations with Turkey and preparation of the EU/Turkey Association Council; the situation in Myanmar; Burundi, the extension of the mandate for the EU special envoy for the Great lakes Region; the Helms-Burton Act; the situation in Nigeria and the Council conclusions on Trade and Environment. Among other business on the agenda: Cyprus, relations with Switzerland, the former Yugoslavia, the Middle East peace process, the WTO ministerial conference in Singapore and the ministerial session of the Intergovernmental Conference. Hans van den Broek, Member of the EC in charge of External Relations with the Countries of Central and Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, Mongolia, Turkey, Cyprus, Malta and other European Countries, Common Foreign and Security Policy and Human Rights (in agreement with the President) and External Missions, held a press conference . He focused on the action of the EU in the former Yugoslavia, the nomination of a special envoy in Mostar and the EU/Turkey and EU/Greece relations with the MEDA regulation.

I-033661
Ref: I-033661
Date: 20/12/1995
Conference on the reconstruction of Bosnia and Herzegovina: statement by Hans van den Broek, Member of the EC
On 20 and 21 December 1995, a meeting of donor countries and organizations concerning the reconstruction in Bosnia-Herzegovina was held in Brussels. The meeting was co-chaired by Hans van den Broek, Member of the EC in charge of External Relations with the Countries of Central and Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, Mongolia, Turkey, Cyprus, Malta and other European Countries, Common Foreign and Security Policy and Human Rights and External Missions; Kemal Derviş, Vice President of the World Bank. The delegation from Bosnia and Herzegovina was led by Mohammed Sacirbey, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina. It was attended by representatives from 50 countries and 27 organizations. The European Commission and the World Bank presented their priority programme for the first three months of 1996 requiring commitments of USD 518 million so that the reconstruction process could start, with coverage for the transport, energy, water and waste management sectors and also financing for agriculture, mine-clearance, education and health. Aid for the launch of small and mediumsized enterprises was also to be provided in the form of working capital. At the close of the meeting, the new commitments made by the donors amounted to USD 500 million. Hans van den Broek pointed out that no financial commitment had been made for the financement of the mid-term yet because the priority was to give the kick start for economy and try to do the first most necessary things.

I-033283
Ref: I-033283
Date: 29/11/1995

I-033192
Ref: I-033192
Date: 24/11/1995

I-032854
Ref: I-032854
Date: 20/10/1995

I-004098
Ref: I-004098
Date: 31/05/1995
Extracts from the press conference by Hans van den Broek, Member of the EC, on the future relations EU/Russia
Le 31 mai 1995, Hans van den Broek, membre de la CE chargé des Relations extérieures avec les pays de l'Europe centrale et orientale et les pays issus de l'ancienne Union soviétique, la Mongolie, la Turquie, Chypre, Malte et autres pays européens, de la Politique étrangère et de sécurité commune et des Droits de l'homme (en accord avec le président) et du Service extérieur; a donné une conférence de presse suite à l'adoption par la Commission européenne d'une communication qui doit être présentée au Conseil et qui propose une stratégie d'ensemble relative au développement des relations futures de l'UE avec la Fédération russe, ainsi que concernant le Caucase. Ce document est destiné à faire sentir la détermination de l'UE à oeuvrer pour resserrer les relations avec la Russie, en évitant de nouvelles divisions en Europe, en reconnaissant l'importance politique et économique des deux parties, mais aussi en montrant et en encourageant le respect du processus démocratique et des droits de l'homme. La Commission européenne est d'avis qu'il est de la plus haute importance de renforcer les relations avec la Russie, vu la place stratégique cruciale que ce pays occupe sur la scène mondiale. La Russie, qui est devenue avec l'adhésion de la Finlande un voisin immédiat de l'UE, est un élément essentiel de la stabilité sur le continent européen. En outre, elle représente un potentiel économique, commercial et scientifique considérable, l'UE étant déjà aujourd'hui le premier partenaire commercial de la Russie. Par conséquent, la CE suggère que l'UE oeuvre pour la réalisation des objectifs suivants: le renforcement de la stabilité politique, sociale et économique en Russie et dans les pays de la région; un développement durable, entraînant une amélioration des conditions de vie; une plus grande coopération pour traiter les questions les plus préoccupantes dans la région et dans le monde. La question Tchétchène a également été abordée, de même que les relations en matière de sécurité et avec l'OTAN.

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