Foreign Minister Levy to Visit Luxembourg

(Communicated by Foreign Ministry Spokesman)
June 12, 2000

Foreign Minister David Levy travelled today (June 12) to Luxembourg as part of the beginning of a new chapter in the relations between Israel and the European Union.

Foreign Minister Levy will meet with his European colleagues in a ceremony to mark the entrance into force of the Association Agreement between Israel and the European Union.

This agreement will anchor the extensive system of relations between Israel and the EU in a wide range of fields, beginning with the political dialogue conducted at the highest level, continuing with a comprehensive economic agreement and including the creation of mechanisms for close cooperation in matters of society, law, ecology, infrastructure, monetary policy and the war on drugs and organized crime.

The agreement is the result of continuous negotiations and dedicated efforts made by Israel’s diplomats. Through this agreement, Israel and the EU will have upgraded their relations, which till now were based on the agreement signed in 1975.

The association meeting will be preceded by a lunch between Foreign Minister Levy and his European colleagues. Minister Levy will also meet with the High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy, Mr. Javier Solana and the Commissioner in Charge of External Relations at the European Commission, Mr. Chris Patten.