Yesterday I went on official visit to France, to meet Prime Minister Manuel Valls and Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault. From Africa to Libya, from Syria to Ukraine, from fighting terrorism to managing migration – the fields where France gives a fundamental contribution to our European policies are so many and so pivotal. The France I met yesterday, the France I work with on a daily basis knows it very well: only through a strong investment in our common European policies can we provide real and lasting answers to our citizens needs.
This was the case for the global agreement on climate, which was formally signed yesterday in New York by all heads of State and government. The deal was reached in Paris thanks to months of hard European common work: our ability to coordinate made a huge difference. We will need the same determination in implementing the deal immediately, as I wrote here with Miguel Arias Cañete, the Commissioner on climate action and energy.
Barack Obama mentioned the Paris agreement yesterday in London, together with the deal on Iran’s nuclear programme, as one of the recent European foreign policy’s successes. The President has reminded to our British friends that our Union does not weaken, but strengthens the Member States’ voice in the world. I decided to quote him at the beginning of my speech at the EU Institute for Strategic Studies’ annual conference: our global partners ask for a united Europe, as this is the only way to confront the threats we all face. Answering their call is up to us. Preserving and renewing our Union is up to us, each and every day.