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Brussels, 2 May 2012

President Barroso to meet Chinese Vice-Premier Li Keqiang

European Commission President José Manuel Barroso will meet Chinese Vice-Premier Li Keqiang on Thursday, 3 May 2012.

The EU-China bilateral relations are growing in breadth and depth through the inclusion of many new key areas of cooperation. Vice-Premier Li’s visit will provide an important opportunity to further strengthen the EU-China partnership, take stock of progress in the implementation of the 14th EU-China Summit held in February 2012 in Beijing and prepare the next Summit to be held this autumn in Brussels.

President Barroso and Vice-Premier Li will have substantial discussions on EU-China bilateral relations and cooperation including trade, investment and innovation, as well as on economic developments in the EU and China. They will also exchange views on global issues such as the preparation of the G20 Summit in Mexico and the Rio + 20 Summit in Rio de Janeiro. Finally, both leaders will discuss topical foreign policy issues such as the situation in Syria and Iran.

Vice-Premier Li Keqiang's visit to Brussels will be marked by two important events:

  • The High Level Conference on Urbanisation, launching the EU-China Urbanisation Partnership.

  • The first EU-China High Level Meeting on Energy.

The European Union and China will sign at the occasion of the High Level Meeting on Energy:

  • Joint Declaration on EU-China Partnership on Urbanisation;

  • EU-China Joint Declaration on Energy Security;

  • Joint Statement for Enhanced Cooperation on Electricity Markets between the European Commission and the State Electricity Regulatory Commission of China.

Timetable for the day:

9:00 Launch event for EU-China Partnership on Sustainable Urbanisation – Concert Noble

12:30 – 13:00 Bilateral Meeting between President Barroso and Vice-Premier Li Keqiang

13:00 – 14:30 Working lunch with Vice-Premier Li Keqiang hosted by President Barroso

17:00 – 17:30 Closing Ceremony of the High Level Meeting on Energy (Speeches by President Barroso and Vice-Premier Li Keqiang) –Schuman Room, Berlaymont

17:30 – 17:40 Signing Ceremony, Schuman Room, Berlaymont

17:40 – 17:45 Group Photo – VIP Podium

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