Talking transparency and the future of the EU in Paris
Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič visited Paris on 18-19 June for high-level talks on the future of Europe and for a conference on transparency hosted by the European Voice newspaper.
VP Šefčovič's first visit was to France's new European Affairs minister, Harlem Désir, with whom he discussed various institutional issues, in particular following up on the debate at the last General Affairs Council in Greece at the end of May.
The discussion then turned to the role of lobbyists and transparency, as VP Šefčovič gave the opening address at a conference for public affairs directors hosted by EV. He stressed in particular the importance of using the newly updated Transparency Register, which he said should be a reflex for anyone involved in lobbying at the European level.
The trip to Paris rounded off with two other high-level visits: first to Pierre Sellal, who was recently re-appointed as France's permanent representative to the EU, a post he first filled from 2002-2009; then to Philippe Léglise-Costa, who is the principal advisor on European affairs to French President François Hollande.