Wien, 15. November 2005 Press release

Plassnik to meet with Members of the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Wednesday

15.11.2005

Also EU Troika Meeting with Afghanistan’s President Karzai

Vienna, 15 September 2005 - On Wednesday, 16 November, Foreign Minister Ursula Plassnik will talk with leading representatives of the European Parliament about Austria’s EU Presidency and key issues of current EU policy such as enlargement, the future of the European Constitution, the financial perspective, and the integration of the Western Balkan countries.

Among others, the Foreign Minister will hold talks with the President of the European Parliament Josep Borrell Fontelles, the Chairmen of the European People’s Party faction and of the Social Democratic Party faction, Hans Gert Pöttering and Martin Schulz, the Austrian Member of the European Parliament Othmar Karas, the rapporteur on the financial perspective Reimer Böge, and the Chairman of the Sub-committee on Security and Defence Karl von Wogau.

Within the framework of an EU Troika meeting with Afghanistan at the European Parliament the Foreign Minister will also meet President Hamid Karzai, who participated in the Conference on "Islam in a Pluralistic World", which was opened by Foreign Minister Plassnik in Vienna on Monday.