On 25 November, the EU will host the 14th EU-Russia Summit in The Hague.
This is the first meeting of the new Commission with Russian leaders. The Summit will welcome the extension of the EU-Russia Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA) to the ten new EU Member States, as well as Russia’s recent decision to ratify the Kyoto Protocol on climate change.
The Summit will discuss the way forward in light of the progress made towards the creation of the four ‘common spaces’: a common economic space (with specific reference to environment and energy); a space of freedom, security and justice; a space of cooperation in the field of external security; as well as a space of research and education, including culture.
The EU will be represented by the President of the European Council, Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende and by European Commission President José Manuel Durão Barroso. Commissioner for External Relations Benita Ferrero-Waldner, Commissioner for Trade Peter Mandelson and the High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy, Javier Solana will also participate.
The Russian delegation will be led by President Vladimir Putin.