Vice-President Šefčovič meets representatives from Israel, Turkey
Vice- President Maroš Šefčovič used his meeting on Monday with the Israeli ambassadors to Europe to discuss EU-Israeli relations and the ongoing Middle East peace process after earlier meeting the Turkish ambassador to the EU for talks on that country's accession progress.
V-P Šefčovič, a former Slovak ambassador to Israel, told the delegation of senior diplomats that the EU and Israel are key partners, with shared values. But he also argued that developing closer ties would remain unlikely until the Middle East conflict was resolved peacefully and sustainably.
The conference with Israeli ambassadors was preceded by a breakfast meeting with the new Turkish ambassador to the EU, Selim Yenel. V-P Šefčovič discussed ways of reinvigorating Turkey's accession negotiations, which have been stalled for some time. He focused, for example, on the progress that could be made in certain policy areas such as trade or energy.
The Vice-President also welcomed the recent Memorandum of Understanding he signed on behalf of the European Commission setting out the framework for the secondment of Turkish officials to the EU, part of the process of improving Turkish understanding of the way in which the European Commission works, designed to help with the alignment of Turkish law to EU standards.