Following Saturday's European Council meeting, President Barroso said: "There can be no military solution to this crisis. It's time for everyone to get down to the business of peace-making. It is not too late, but time is quickly running out.” The European Council meeting also heard from Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, who met with President Barroso separately ahead of the summit. President Barroso said leaders sent a clear message to President Poroshenko "that they stand behind the Ukrainian people and their right to decide their own future". He explained that there was unity among EU leaders that if Russia continues to escalate the crisis, "it will come with a high cost". The European Commission has been asked by the European Council to deliver further proposals for restrictive measures, and President Barroso assured EU leaders that the Commission would be “quick” to do so, as it had been before.
President Barroso also congratulated Donald Tusk and Federica Mogherini on their appointments as future European Council President and High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy. "I know they are both deeply committed Europeans and I am sure that, together with Jean-Claude Juncker, they will make a great team and they will work actively on European priorities,” he said.
Today Mr Lamy will present his report on the future of Ultra High Frequency spectrum (the 700 Megahertz band) to Vice President Kroes. Mr Lamy, a former European Commissioner for Trade, and former Director General of the World Trade Organisation, worked with a High Level Group on the report, and today he presents it in his own name to Vice President Kroes. The report comprises three main elements which would enable the EU to meet its broadband targets, as well as ensuring stability for broadcasters.
I am honoured to be speaking to you today on behalf of the EU and its Member States, at the Third International Conference on SIDS.
The EU and its Member States are proud of our longstanding tradition of partnership with the SIDS. We have long supported your efforts to address the specific vulnerabilities and challenges you face. We have been, and remain, a leading donor and key trading partner for SIDS. Between 2007 and 2012 the EU alone provided around 3.5 billion euro to SIDS in development and humanitarian aid through bilateral, regional and thematic programmes – on top of the cooperation between EU Member States and SIDS. We have also provided support via our research programmes and sustainable fisheries agreements.
And I’m here today to assure you that we will continue supporting your efforts. While we are now focusing our bilateral aid on the poorest countries, almost all SIDS will continue to benefit from regional and thematic cooperation programmes. I should also stress that vulnerability considerations have played a major role in decisions on resource allocation.