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17/04/14 - Foreign Affairs Council: EU Foreign Ministers reiterate support for Ukraine

The crisis in Ukraine dominated discussions by EU Foreign Ministers in Luxembourg on 14 April at the Foreign Affairs Council. The monthly meeting, which is chaired by EU High Representative Catherine Ashton, also discussed Syria and Bosnia and Herzegovina among several issues. In a joint statement, Ministers condemned actions undertaken by armed individuals in cities of Eastern Ukraine and said that attempts at destabilising Ukraine must come to an end. The Council also decided to expand the list of those subject to asset freeze and visa ban.

16/04/14 - The EU and Australia step up cooperation on Development assistance pdf

On 15 April the EU's Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs and Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop signed a Ministerial Declaration stressing the importance of joined up approaches to development policy.  The declaration marked the commencement of  'Delegated Cooperation' which means that Australia and the EU can implement each other's development funds on a case by case basis which will enhance cooperation and aid effectiveness. For the European Union this is the first time that such an arrangement has been completed with a third country. At this stage the EU will implement Australian funds in South Sudan in a project to support the Government of South Sudan’s Ministry of Animal Resources and Fisheries. In the Pacific Australia will implement EU Funds in Fiji to improve the livelihood of the sugar cane dependent populations by promoting income generation through sugar cane farming or alternative livelihoods.

Ambassador Sem Fabrizi The EU and Australia in the World: Creating Change, Driving Progress

16/04/14 - EU and Australia in the World: Creating Change, Driving Progress

Ambassador Sem Fabrizi's first public lecture in Adelaide on 9 April emphasised the depth and breadth of the EU-Australia relationship as well as outlining the global nature of the EU economic, foreign and security policies. He also stressed that the re-emergence of Asia is one of the mega trends shaping our world and that the EU-Australia relationship is evolving to adapt to the changing geopolitics of the region.