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The European Union (EU) Delegation to Egypt launches its annual Photography Competition for amateur photographers for the 11th year in a row. The competition is considered as part of the EU support to the Egyptian cultural scene and in promoting talents, as well as highlighting the various activities under the bilateral cooperation between the EU and Egypt.

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Ambassador of the European Union (EU) to Egypt Mr. Ivan Surkoš and Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Dr. Mohamed Abdel-Ati opened today “The EU-Egypt Water Cooperation Days” held 17-18 October in the framework of the “Cairo Water Week”. Ambassadors of Germany and Italy attended the opening, with the participation of the Confederation of Egyptian-European Business Associations (CEEBA).

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Today, 10 October, is the World Day Against the Death Penalty. The European Union is a strong and principled opponent of the use of the death penalty, and we advocate its restriction and abolition with all our partners in the world. Capital punishment is inhumane and unnecessary. No compelling evidence exists to show that the death penalty serves as a deterrent to crime more effectively than other punishment. The death penalty violates the right to life and human dignity. The risk of sentencing an innocent person to death is always present and the consequences of a mistake are irreversible.

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On the occasion of the International Day of the Girl, the European Union (EU) Delegation to Egypt participated today, October 9th, in the Girls Takeover Initiative by inviting 17 year-old high school student Amal Nageh to represent the EU in Egypt for one day. The 'takeover initiative' is facilitated by the Canadian Embassy and Plan International.

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On the European and World Day against the Death Penalty, the Council of Europe and the European Union (EU) reiterate their strong opposition to capital punishment in all circumstances and for all cases. The death penalty is an affront to human dignity. It constitutes cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment and is contrary to the right to life. The death penalty has no established deterrent effect and it makes judicial errors irreversible.

The European Union (EU) Delegation to Egypt organized the opening conference of the "Climate Diplomacy Week", on Tuesday 25th of September, in cooperation with the Ministry of Environment, in the presence of the Head of the EU Delegation to Egypt, Ambassador Ivan Surkoš and Environment Minister Dr. Yasmin Fouad.

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In an official function under the auspices of the National Council for Childhood and Motherhood (NCCM), and with the presence of Dr. Azza Al Ashmawy, Secretary General of NCCM, Dr. Mohamed Omar, Deputy Minister of Education and Technical Education for Teachers’ Affairs, Ambassador Ivan Surkoš, the Head of the European Union Delegation to Egypt and Mr. Bruno Maes, UNICEF Representative in Egypt, the #ImAgainstBullying national Campaign partners marked the success of the campaign and renewed their commitment towards ending all forms of violence against children.

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Op-ed by Ivan Surkoš, Ambassador of the European Union to Egypt, published in Arabic in Al Masry Al Youm daily Egyptian newspaper

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