US President Barack Obama will not attend a European Union-US summit to have been held in Spain in May.
Interestingly, Mr. Gordon Brown, the British Prime Minister, spoke instead of Mr. Obama:
“A trip to Spain for a summit was never on his agenda. He strongly values the bilateral relationship with Spain.”
So what are the particular results of the last EU-Russia summit? First, the parties signed financing agreements for five cross-border co-operation programmes (CBC) under the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI).
Second, Russia claimed to support the energy security of the EU, though doubts remain.
Third, Russia has pledged to support the EU position on climate policy, but details remain vague.
The Swedish presidency has called an EU summit on 19 November to decide on the posts of President of the European Council and High Representative on the foreign and security policy.
The summit will be in the format of an EU leaders’ dinner in Brussels and comes after two weeks of consultations between Stockholm and the other EU capitals.
Poland has an interesting proposal – to hold candidate hearings during the summit.
The largely discussed EU-Russia summit has produced no results other than hardening of the positions, it seems. No agreement was reached on the important issues – and more specifically the security of gas supplies through Ukraine.