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MEMO/02/228

Brussels, 8 November 2002

EU-Russia Summit Brussels, 11 November 2002

The 10th EU-Russia Summit will take place in Brussels on 11 November 2002. The President-in-office of the European Council, Danish Prime Minister Fogh Rasmussen, together with the President of the European Commission Romano Prodi, will meet the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin. On the EU side Commissioners for External Relations, Chris Patten, for Trade Pascal Lamy, for Transport and Energy, Vice-president Loyola de Palacio, Danish Foreign Minister and President-in-office of the Council, Per Stig Moller as well as High Representative and Secretary General of the Council Javier Solana will also participate. President Putin will be accompanied by a great number of top Russian officials, including Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov and Presidential Special Representative on Kaliningrad and Chair of the Duma Committee on International Affairs Dimitry Rogozin. This is the second Summit with Russia this year, following the one in Moscow held last May.

The formal agenda of the Summit contains the following items:

    The New Face of Europe:

      Five years of the EU Russia Partnership and Co-operation Agreement: experiences and perspectives;

International Issues.

    Items to be discussed include:

    • Internal developments in the EU and Russia, (EU enlargement, EU Convention, reform process in Russia, Northern Caucasus)

    • Transit between Kaliningrad and the rest of the Russian Federation

    • Justice and Home Affairs (EU-Russia readmission agreement, co-operation on border management more generally and stepping up the fight against organised crime)

    • Environment and nuclear safety (prospects for early Russian ratification of the Kyoto Protocol and tackling nuclear waste within the Northern Dimension Environmental Partnership (NDEP) and the Multilateral Nuclear Environmental Programme ( MNEPR )

    • Economic and Trade issues (common economic space, prospects for Russian WTO accession, energy dialogue and other on-going trade issues)

    • Fight against Terrorism (law enforcement co-operation, terrorist financing and non proliferation of weapons of mass destruction)

    • International issues (Moldova, Belarus, Western Balkans, Afghanistan, Middle East and Iraq)

Format of the Summit

The Summit will take place in the Council of Ministers building (Justus Lipsius). It will start with a plenary session at 12:40h, which will be followed by a working lunch starting at 14:40h and a Press Conference scheduled for 16:15-16:45h.

Background for the above issues, and other potential matters to be treated at the Summit:

Internal developments: The EU will brief on progress made regarding EU enlargement and on the EU Convention. It will encourage continued progress in the reform process in Russia. The EU will also raise its concerns on Chechnya, including on humanitarian assistance.(1)

Kaliningrad: The EU aims to agree with Russia a package of measures for Kaliningrad which acknowledges the unique situation of the region in the context of EU enlargement on the basis of the conclusions of the 25 October Brussels European Council. The EU's key concerns are to ensure a solution that fully respects the sovereignty of the Candidate Countries involved and is in accordance with the Schengen acquis. At the same time the package aims to accommodate the wishes of Russia to fully maintain the links between Kaliningrad and the rest of Russia. The Summit is likely to adopt a set of measures to this end including means to facilitate the transit of people and goods between Kaliningrad and the rest of the Russian Federation. These should also open the way for increased EU support to Russian efforts to address the social and economic challenges faced by the Oblast.

For further information see:

http://europa.eu.int/comm/external_relations/north_dim/index.htm

Justice and Home Affairs (JHA): The EU expects that the way is now open to develop co-operation on a wide range of justice and home affairs issues, starting with border management, but going beyond: a co-operation agreement between Europol and Russia is expected to be concluded shortly and negotiations on a re-admission agreement for the return of illegal immigrants between the EU and Russia should start before the end of the year.

JHA web-site :

http://europa.eu.int/comm/justice_home/index_fr.htm

For further information on re-admission agreements see MEMO/02/142 of 17/06/02

Fight against terrorism: The EU has expressed its revulsion at the recent hostage-taking terrorist attack in Moscow. The EU and Russia will jointly reaffirm their condemnation of terrorism in all its forms. They intend to agree a separate statement reaffirming the priority given to co-operation in this field and committing themselves to drawing up a detailed action plan by the next Summit.

More information and additional links on the fight against terrorism:

http://europa.eu.int/comm/external_relations/110901/index.htm

Trade and investment: The EU and Russia will further discuss Russia`s request for WTO accession on mutually acceptable terms. the summit will also give further impulse to efforts to define the common economic space, the aim of which is to promote the economic integration of the EU and Russia. The Council adopted on 07 November 2002 the recognition of Russia as a market economy in the context of trade defence by amending the EC's anti-dumping and anti-subsidy laws. This had been agreed at the last EU-Russia Summit in Moscow. At the Summit, both sides will try to find ways to make progress on resolving a number of current trade irritants, including Siberian over-flight payments, market access in insurance and energy pricing. The EU hopes that Russia can confirm adoption of the Mechanism for Dispute Settlement under the Partnership and Co-operation Agreement (PCA) . For further information:

http://europa.eu.int/comm/trade/index_en.htm

Energy : The Summit will also review progress made in the energy dialogue in terms of setting the right conditions for European investors especially those interested in participating in key projects of common interest. Further work will also go ahead on energy efficiency aspects. The Summit will also note the opening in Moscow last week of an Energy Technology Centre to promote technology transfer.

For more information on the EU-Russia Energy Dialogue see:

http://europa.eu.int/comm/energy_transport/en/lpi_en_3.html

Environment and nuclear safety: The EU looks forward to Russia's early ratification of the Kyoto Protocol. The EU expects to step up dialogue on nuclear safety matters, starting by finalising agreement on the MNEPR, which is intended to provide the legal framework for the clean-up of nuclear waste in North West Russia and for funding by the Northern Dimension Environmental Partnership Fund. The EU will also raise its concerns regarding Russian first generation nuclear power stations.

For more information on issues related to the Kyoto Protocol see:

http://www.eurunion.org/legislat/climatechange.htm

For more information on the Northern Dimension see:

http://europa.eu.int/comm/external_relations/north_dim/index.htm

International issues: The EU and Russia will discuss a number of international issues, including prospects for co-operation in certain regional conflicts (Moldova, Belarus, Middle East, Iraq, Western Balkans and Afghanistan). It is intended to agree on a separate statement on the Middle East.

For more information on EURussia relations:

http://europa.eu.int/comm/external_relations/russia/intro/index.htm

Information on EU-Russia trade & investment:

http://europa.eu.int/comm/trade/pdf/bilstat/econo_russia.xls

For more information on EU-Russia Summits:

http://europa.eu.int/comm/external_relations/russia/summit_05_02/index.htm

(1) HYPERLINK "http://europa.eu.int/rapid/start/cgi/guesten.ksh?p_action.gettxt=gt&doc=IP/02/1493|0|RAPID&lg=EN&display=" IP/02/1493 of 16 October:Commission provides € 20.5 million to support victims of the Chechnya conflict.


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