Karmenu Vella, Member of the EC in charge of Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, and Violeta Bulc, Member of the EC in charge of Transport, attended the ceremony to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between the EU and China. On this occasion, Yang Yanyi, Head of the Mission of China to the EU, and Helga Schmid, Deputy Secretary-General of the European External Action Service (EEAS), pronounced a speech in honour of four decades of cooperation between the two parties.
Thank you very much. It is really a pleasure for me to be here today with you, Mr. State Councillor. It is not only a very important and fruitful meeting, but it also comes at a very timely moment.
We have a long history of relationship, 40 years is the time for maturity in a relationship. This means that we are ready to take stock of the achievements we have made, to face the differences - and sometimes also the difficulties- of a relationship, but also able to overcome them in a spirit of mutual cooperation.
The EU Political Director Helga Schmid and Iranian Deputy negotiators Abbas Araghchi and Madjid Takht Ravanchi will resume their work on 12 May in Vienna. They will then be joined by Political Directors of the E3+3 on 15 May.
In Vienna, the EU Political Director and Iranian Deputy negotiators will continue their work on the drafting of the main text of a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), based on the key understandings reached on 2 April in Lausanne and started last week in New York.
Mme Helga Schmid, directrice politique de l'UE, et MM. Abbas Araghchi et Madjid Takht Ravanchi, négociateurs adjoints pour l'Iran, reprendront leurs travaux le 12 mai à Vienne. Le 15 mai, les directeurs politiques du groupe E3+3 les rejoindront.
L'honorable Ed Fast, ministre du Commerce International, était l'invité d'honneur lors d'une réunion organisée par l'Ambassadeur de l'UE Marie-Anne Coninsx avec les Chefs de mission des Etats membres le 4 mai à la Délégation de l'UE au Canada.