No 140 - 23 March 2017
60 years of Europe
This week, H.E. Ambassador Bernard Savage spoke about the 60th anniversary of the Treaties of Rome with the students of the International Leadership Programme at Victoria University Wellington. Mr Savage pointed out that the world was unstable, unsafe and unpredictable when the EU was founded in 1957 and that the Union has been confronted with global challenges and crises ever since. It is impossible to envision today's world without the EU and its engagement and enforcement of global rules in areas of trade, climate change and development. To face present day challenges, a more cohesive Europe is necessary, rather than a fractious inward one.
First anniversary of the Brussels attacks
One year after the terrorist attacks at Brussels airport and Maalbeek metro station, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker issued a statement of hope in memory of the victims. “These loathsome terrorist attacks struck at the very heart of Europe here in Belgium, in our capital, Brussels – a multilingual and multinational city where we enjoy living together in harmony,” he said. “Faced with this unprecedented and incomprehensible violence, those of us living in Brussels and Belgium, with the support of all the peoples of Europe, chose to stand firm and not lose hope. During this terrible ordeal, Europeans stood together in the fight against terrorism that threatens our safety and peace throughout the world. We showed our determination to defend our values and our freedoms no matter what.”
HR/VP Mogherini: EU working hard with partners to solve Libya crisis
The League of Arab States (LAS), the African Union (AU), the European Union (EU) and the United Nations (UN) held a meeting at the headquarters of the League of Arab States on 18 March 2017 to discuss the situation in Libya and further coordinate their efforts in order to advance the political process and assist Libya in its democratic transition. Speaking after the first meeting of the Quartet on Libya in Cairo, HR/VP Federica Mogherini said: "I would like to underline very clearly that the European Union's work and attention and priority on the Libyan crisis is something we do not see purely through the migration-issue lens.
HR/VP on official visit to the African Union in Addis Ababa
On March 17 the HP/VP Federica Mogherini and Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica concluded an official visit to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The aim of the visit was to strengthen ties and boost partnership with the African Union on common areas of cooperation. In this respect, they met with the new leader of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat who recently took up office. The EU announced new financial support for the Horn of Africa region as well as for the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). The EU and Africa are currently working towards the 5th Africa-EU Summit, which will be held in Abidjan in November 2017, with youth being the key theme.
World and European Water Day
On the occasion of World and European Water Day on 22 March 2017 HR/VP Federica Mogherini reiterated the European Union's commitment to achieve access and sustainable management of water as well as sanitation for all through the Agenda 2030.Safe drinking water and sanitation pose pre-requisites for health, growth and productivity. In response to the rise in humanitarian needs and forced displacement, the EU is determined to continue supporting people affected by natural and man-made disasters, by providing life-saving access to safe and clean water.
10 years of European Research Council
The European Research Council celebrates its 10th anniversary. The ERC is a flagship component of Horizon 2020, the EU’s programme for research and innovation. It was set up by the EU to fund excellent scientists and their most creative ideas. Since 2007, 7,000 top researchers have been supported in Europe to expand the frontiers of our knowledge. ERC grants also created career opportunities for some 50,000 research staff, resulted in numerous scientific breakthroughs and led to over 800 patent applications that lay the foundations for growth and jobs, and the improvement of people's daily lives.
Future of the EU: Parliament gives the floor to citizens
As part of his commitment of bringing the institution closer to its citizens, European Parliament President, Antonio Tajani, took the initiative of inviting 751 Europeans, equalling the number of MEPs, from across the continent to participate in a “Citizens’ Parliament” today and mark the sixtieth anniversary of the Rome Treaty on 25 March. This event, called the Citizens’ Parliament, contributes to ongoing reflection on the EU as an asset for future. People from everywhere in Europe and MEPs debated youth unemployment, globalisation, security, climate change and the EU after Brexit.
Princessin Hans at CubaDupa in Wellington
The musical duo Princessin Hans from Berlin is on its first tour through New Zealand and performs at CubaDupa on Saturday. Princessin Hans is a band from Berlin with core members Jörg Hochapfel and Hans Kellett. Together they have re-imagined 1920s Berlin cabaret for the 21st century, earning their title as the Wild Children of Berlin Chanson.
Alliance Française French Film Festival
The 2017 Alliance Française French Film Festival is currently taking place across a number of cities in New Zealand, to conclude mid-April. Planetarium Director Rebecca Zlotowski will present her film at the Wellington screening on 12 March at Embassy Theatre, followed by a Q+A. The French Film Festival in New Zealand is one of the largest and fastest growing ones outside France.
EU Delegation calls for New Zealand EUVP entries
Apply now for the European Union Visitors Programme and travel to Brussels in 2018! The EUVP enables young professionals from New Zealand to obtain first-hand impressions of the Union's policies, institutions and achievements. It aims at enhancing mutual understanding between young leaders from non-EU countries and their EU counterparts. The application period ends on 19 April 2017! Find out more on the programme and the application process here.
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