Source Pravda.Ru

President Putin, European officials to discuss Russia-EU cooperation prospects

President Vladimir Putin is expected to receive a European Commission delegation in the Kremlin on Thursday. The delegates are arriving in Moscow for extended talks with Russian government officials, according to a Kremlin source.

The European Commission delegation, which is being led by Romano Prodi, is made up of Loyola de Palacio, Vice-President responsible for transport and energy and European Commission members Chris Patten, in charge of foreign policy, trade commissioner Paskal Lamy, Gunter Verheugen, in charge of EU enlargement issues, Antonio Vitorino, who oversees interior policy and justice, Margot Wallstroem, in charge of environment issues, and research commissioner Philippe Busquin.

The conferees will discuss prospects for Russia-EU cooperation in creating common economic, internal security (freedom, security and justice) and foreign security, science and education zones, the latter including cultural aspects as well.

The source noted that the meeting would take place ahead of May 1, when the EU will enlarge to include 10 new members. The European Commission will, therefore, enlarge too. Besides, parliamentary elections will take place in the EU in June and the composition and structure of the European Commission will undergo changes. The restructured European Commission will emerge by November 1.

In light of the upcoming restructuring of the EU governing bodies, European partners should take care that the transitional period in the EU should not to affect successive dialogue with Russia, according to the Kremlin source.

Comments
British football fans spineless to unleash World War Three in Russia during World Cup
Beautiful and terrifying: Russia shows video of Bulava ICBM underwater salvo launch
Kremlin on failed nuclear missile tests: 'Listen to President Putin and believe him!'
Kremlin wants foreign invaders out of Syria
Kremlin on failed nuclear missile tests: 'Listen to President Putin and believe him!'
What may happen to foreign tourists traveling for 2018 World Cup in Russia
Kremlin on failed nuclear missile tests: 'Listen to President Putin and believe him!'
Russian special services detain Hizb ut-Tahrir members in Crimea
Russian special services detain Hizb ut-Tahrir members in Crimea
Foreign Ministry official explains why Russia had to sell Alaska to US
Russian air defences ready to shoot down NATO drones and reconnaissance aircraft over Crimea
Just Words on Scraps of Paper
Just Words on Scraps of Paper
SWIFT refuses to cut Russia off, even if Washington insists
Russian air defences ready to shoot down NATO drones and reconnaissance aircraft over Crimea
Russia introduces new money for the first time in eight years
Russians massively break traffic rules on Crimea Bridge
Russian air defences ready to shoot down NATO drones and reconnaissance aircraft over Crimea
The Royal Wedding and the Silly Season
Russian air defences ready to shoot down NATO drones and reconnaissance aircraft over Crimea
Kremlin on failed nuclear missile tests: 'Listen to President Putin and believe him!'