Netherlands – Visit to The Hague by Amélie de Montchalin (15 June 2020)

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Amélie de Montchalin, Minister of State for European Affairs, attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, will visit the Netherlands on June 15.

There she will meet with Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok. Their meeting will focus mainly on the European recovery plan and the upcoming European budget for 2021-2027 ahead of the videoconference of the 27 EU foreign ministers, which will be held the following day, and which will lay the groundwork for the meeting of the heads of state or government on June 19. Ms. de Montchalin will underscore the need to swiftly arrive at an ambitious, solidarity-based agreement to provide substantial European support for the sectors and regions hit hardest by the crisis. The Minister of State will also emphasize how important it is for the 2021-2027 budget to respond to long-term European priorities, particularly programs contributing to European sovereignty such as the common agricultural policy, defense and space. The budget’s funding process must also be reformed to create new resources consistent with European goals.

The ministers will address the lessons to be learned from the crisis in order for this recovery to make Europe more sovereign, more inclusive and more responsive. Citizens must be closely involved in these deliberations within the Conference on the Future of Europe.

The Minister will reiterate the importance of European coordination for the lifting of measures at the internal borders, the resumption of intra-European tourism, and the management of external borders. France’s goal is to lift all restrictions at our internal borders on June 15.

The two ministers will also discuss the EU’s future relationship with the United Kingdom, respect for the rule of law within the EU, and the transparency of European decision-making processes.

Lastly, during this visit Ms. de Montchalin will also meet with Dutch parliamentarians and representatives of the economic community.