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Brussels, 6 December 2012 EU-Algeria Association Council

European Council - PRES/12/513   06/12/2012

Other available languages: FR

COUNCIL OF
THE EUROPEAN UNION

EN

Brussels, 6 December 2012

(OR. fr)

17396/12

PRESSE 513

EU-Algeria Association Council

The seventh meeting of the EU-Algeria Association Council took place today in Brussels. This ministerial meeting provided further evidence of the positive development and the new dynamic of the bilateral relations between Algeria and the EU, which were established in 2011 to develop a strong relationship, based on mutual respect and solidarity. Algeria is a vital partner for the EU and a key player in the Euro-Mediterranean area and within the Africa-EU partnership.

The Association Council was chaired by Dr Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis, Cyprus Minister for Foreign Affairs, on behalf of Catherine Ashton, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission. The European Commission was represented by Štefan Füle, Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy. The Algerian delegation was led by the Algerian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Mourad Medelci.

The meeting of the Association Council enabled both parties to assess what had been achieved since the June 2011 meeting, in particular in terms of the Algerian reform process, and to reflect on the steps that lay ahead. The EU reaffirmed its readiness to support this process, in particular through the further negotiation of a first Action Plan in the framework of the European Neighbourhood Policy. The work done by the EU election observation mission in Algeria in May 2012, the use of its recommendations and the good cooperation with the Algerian authorities were emphasised.

The Association Council also expressed its satisfaction with the conclusion of the consultations on dismantling tariffs for industrial products.

The meeting of the Association Council provided an opportunity to discuss at a high political level the many regional issues of common interest, such as regional integration, the Euro-Arab and Euro-African dialogues, Libya, Syria, the Sahel and the Middle East Peace Process.


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