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I-036341
Ref: I-036341
Date: 15/07/1996
General Affairs Council, 1943rd meeting: extracts from the press conference by Theodoros Pangalos, Greek Minister for Foreign Affairs, on the MEDA regulation
On 15 and 16 July 1996, EU Ministers for Foreign Affairs gathered in Brussels. The Council reached agreement on the Regulation on financial and technical measures to accompany the reform and economic and social structures in the framework of the Euro-Mediterranean partnership (MEDA) and to mitigate any social or environmental consequences which might result from economic development. The Regulation will open the way for the practical implementation of financial cooperation with the Mediterranean Partner countries and territories : Algeria, Cyprus, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Malta, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey and the Occupied Territories of Gaza and the West Bank. Its purpose is to contribute to initiatives of joint interest in the three sectors of the Euro-Mediterranean partnership: the reinforcement of political stability and of democracy, the creation of a Euro-Mediterranean free-trade area, and the development of economic and social cooperation. The beneficiaries of support measures may include not only States and regions but also local authorities, regional organizations, public agencies, local or traditional communities, organizations supporting business, private operators, cooperatives, mutual societies, associations, foundations and non-governmental organizations. Following the meeting of the Council, Theodoros Pangalos, Greek Minister for Foreign Affairs, held a press conference. He commented the decision taken by the Council and relations with Turkey. He added however that the EC/Turkey Association Council was a different matter and should be discussed separately.

I-035504
Ref: I-035504
Date: 13/05/1996

I-034115
Ref: I-034115
Date: 21/02/1996

I-034118
Ref: I-034118
Date: 21/02/1996

I-035509
Ref: I-035509
Date: 14/05/1996
EU/Cyprus Association Council, 17th meeting: arrivals and round table
On 14 May 1996, the EU/Cyprus Association Council held its 17th meeting, in Brussels. The meeting was chaired by Alecos Michaelides, Cypriot Minister for Foreign Affairs. It was attended by Susanna Agnelli, Italian Minister for Foreign Affairs and President in office of the Council. The European Commission was represented 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. The discussions focused mainly on the prospects for the accession of Cyprus to the European Union and the development of political, economic and financial relations between the two sides. Alecos Michaelides reaffirmed that accession was one of Cyprus' priorities. He referred to the progress made in the political dialogue andstructured dialogue since the last meeting and welcomed the fact that his country was takingpart in certain Community programmes. He also stressed the need to put an end to the division ofhis country and appealed to the European Union to help in finding a solution. Hans can den Broeksaid that under the pre-accession strategy and the fourth financial Protocol, priority was beinggiven to the legislative preparations for accession, industrial development and campaigns toinform public opinion. Stressing that the accession procedure would be facilitated by a politicalsolution between the two Cypriot communities, he asked them to resume the dialogue soon andconfirmed the European Union's support for a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus questionin accordance with UN Security Council resolutions, based on the concept of a bi-communaland bi-zonal Cypriot Federation.

I-035507
Ref: I-035507
Date: 14/05/1996

I-000973
Ref: I-000973
Date: 20/02/1984

I-070879
Ref: I-070879
Date: 21/09/2011

I-070877
Ref: I-070877
Date: 21/09/2011

I-034145
Ref: I-034145
Date: 27/02/1996
EU/Romania Association Council, 2nd meeting: round table
On 27 February 1996, the EU/Romania Association Council held its 2nd meeting, in Brussels. The Romanian delegation was headed by Teodor Melescanu, Romanian Minister for Foreign Affairs, and the European Union was represented by Susanna Agnelli, Italian Minister for Foreign Affairs andPresident in office of the Council. This second meeting of the Association Council was indicative of the vitality of relations between the European Union and Romania. Continued implementation of the Europe Agreement and the other instruments established by the European Union would contribute to further intensification of relations between the parties. The European Union delegation reaffirmed the EU's commitment to assisting Romania to meet the conditions for accession laid down at the Copenhagen European Council, with a view to preparing the ground for its accession.The Association Council welcomed the efforts made by Romania to dovetail its legislation with that of the internal market and underlined the need to establish administrative and judicial structures to ensure that the new legislation would be implemented and enforced. The Council also examined the functioning of the trade pillar of the Europe Agreement, the substantial rise in the number of PHARE projects being carried out, the visa requirement for Romaniannationals wishing to enter the European Union and Romania's constructive role in the context of economic cooperation in the Black Sea region.

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