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EU-Russia Permanent Partnership Council 1st April 2005

The Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy, Benita Ferrero-Waldner will attend the second meeting of the EU-Russia Permanent Partnership Council meeting in Foreign Ministers format, in Luxembourg on 1 April, together with Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn. The Russian Federation will be represented by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sergey Lavrov. The agenda will focus on current negotiations for a package of Road Maps to create four “common spaces”, in the fields of the Economy, External Security, Freedom, Security and Justice and Education, Research and Culture. The EU’s proposals to step up co operation on the socio-economic development of Kaliningrad and the forthcoming European Commission fact-finding mission to the northern Caucasus region of Russia will also be discussed, as will a range of international issues including Moldova, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan and Iran.

On the eve of the meeting, Commissioner Ferrero-Waldner said: “The EU’s objective is the conclusion of an ambitious package of road maps by the next EU/Russia Summit on 10 May. We have significantly reduced the issues which remain outstanding, but a number of points remain open. We must not let this chance for a more effective relationship slip through our fingers”.

The meeting will focus in particular on the Road Map for the Common Space of External Security. The EU will underline its determination not to create new dividing lines across the European continent and continue to push for constructive EU-Russia co operation on frozen conflicts in the common neighbourhood, notably in Moldova and Georgia. It will also note the importance of Russia fulfilling its Istanbul commitments. The EU will also underline the importance of respect for human rights obligations in the context of combating terrorism.

Significant progress was made in negotiations on the Common Economic Space during Commissioner Ferrero-Waldner’s recent visit to Moscow with Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson. The EU continues to seek full implementation of the agreement reached with Russia last year to phase out by 2013 Siberian overflight payments charged to European Airlines.

In the Common Space of Freedom Security and Justice, the EU would like to see visa facilitation and readmission agreements enter into force as soon as possible and continues to seek common ground with Russia on the timing for these to enter into force in parallel. The EU will call for the signature and ratification of outstanding border agreements between EU Member States and Russia and the demarcation of borders.

The meeting will provide an opportunity to discuss a number of other issues key to the success of the May summit, including the EU’s wish to focus on the socio-economic development of Kaliningrad region through the flexible use of existing institutions; developments in the OSCE; and the EU’s planned ‘needs assessment’ mission to support economic and social recovery in the northern Caucasus, which leaves for the region on 9 April.

The PPC was established in June 2003 to replace the Cooperation Council whose task was to oversee the implementation of the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement with a body at Ministerial level which would meet more regularly and in different formats, bringing together relevant Ministers.. A PPC of Justice and Home Affairs Ministers has already met. The EU is keen to hold meetings of the PPC in particular in environment and energy formats.

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