On Tuesday, Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, will receive his Dutch counterpart, Stef Blok, with whom he will have a bilateral meeting and will open the third annual French-Dutch seminar on European issues.
During their bilateral meeting, the ministers will discuss European security issues. The Netherlands is an important and committed partner in this area, especially within the European Intervention Initiative and with respect to operations on the African continent. Ahead of the NATO ministerial meeting due to take place on the same day in Brussels, Jean-Yves Le Drian and his counterpart will discuss the follow-up to the American statements on the future of the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty. With respect to the Iranian nuclear issue, the minister for Europe and foreign affairs will notably reaffirm our attachment to the implementation of the JCPOA, in accordance with international agreements and international security, as well as European efforts to preserve and maintain the operational financial circuits with Iran in order for that country to go on benefiting from the agreement’s economic compensation arrangements, provided it continues to respect the agreement in full.
The minsters will take stock of the proposal for a new EU human rights sanctions regime, which was discussed in a seminar organized by the Netherlands in The Hague on November 20.
Nathalie Loiseau, Minister for European Affairs, will also meet with Stef Blok to discuss the UK’s withdrawal from the EU and current European issues, notably in the context of the next parliamentary term (2019-2024): budget, rule of law, migration and climate in particular. Ms. Loiseau and Mr. Blok will also discuss the EU’s relations with the Western Balkans.
The third annual French-Dutch seminar on European issues will this year be devoted to the citizens’ consultations on Europe. Numerous public debates on the future of the European Union have taken place both in France and the Netherlands within the framework of these consultations. During the seminar, stakeholders from the private sector, politics, government departments and universities will have in-depth exchanges on the results of the consultations in our two countries and how to put them in to practice.