|FM Levy Addresses the EU Association Council in Luxembourg
(Communicated by Foreign Ministry Spokesman)
In his speech today (June 13) before the European Union’s Association Council in Luxembourg, Israeli Foreign Minister David Levy stated that the Association Agreement between the EU and Israel which entered into force in June, and his meeting with the Council, represent an upgrading of Israel-EU relations.
Levy added that this upgrading carries with it political and economic significance, and constitutes a notable achievement for Israel and its diplomacy. European spokesmen have also expressed themselves in a similar vein.
Today, Minister Levy met in Luxembourg with the EU President in Office, Portuguese Foreign Minister Gama. Levy expressed his appreciation that, during his tenure, Israel was accepted into the UN’s ‘Western Europe and Others Group’ (WEOG), and the Israel-EU Association Agreement entered into force, after having been ratified by the 15 European parliaments.
Levy also met in Luxembourg with the EU’s High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy Javier Solana, and with the Commisioner for External Relations Chris Patten.
In addition, Minister Levy today signed the agreement between Israel and the European Investment Bank.