No 144 - 20 April 2017
HR/VP stresses key role of EU-China cooperation in a multilateral world
On her third trip to Beijing, HR/VP Federica Mogherini co-chaired the 7th EU-China Strategic Dialogue with Chinese State Councillor Yang Jiechi. The Strategic Dialogue, which comes in preparation of the Brussels EU-China Summit in June, was an opportunity for Mogherini and Councillor Yang to discuss their cooperation on the many international issues and global crises that the world currently faces, as well as bilateral relations. The High Representative and the State Councillor shared a similar final assessment: "Of an extremely positive state of play of our relationship; of an extremely positive agenda for this visit, for this strategic dialogue; and a good basis for the preparation of our upcoming summit." Whilst in China, Federica Mogherini also met a number of other Ministers, business representatives and Tsinghua University students.
Click here for a fact sheet on EU-China relations.
Western Mediterranean: Actions for the sustainable development of the blue economy
The European Commission has just launched a new initiative for the sustainable development of the blue economy in the Western Mediterranean region, covering economic hubs like Barcelona, Marseille, Naples and Tunis and tourist destinations like the Balearic Islands, Sicily and Corsica. The sea's biodiversity is under severe pressure with a recent report by scientists from the Joint Research Centre indicating that 50% has been lost in the last 50 years. In addition to this are recent security and safety concerns from the increase in migration from the South to the North. This initiative will allow EU and neighbouring countries to work together to increase maritime safety and security, promote sustainable blue growth and jobs, and preserve ecosystems and biodiversity.
Read more about the initiative here.
Imports of organic products subject to new EU electronic certification system
A new system of electronic certification to better monitor imports of organic products became applicable, making the EU a global leader in traceability and in the collection of reliable data on trade of these products. This pioneering e-certification system will contribute to enhancing food safety provisions and reducing potential fraud. It will also reduce the administrative burden for operators and authorities, and provide much more comprehensive statistical data on organic imports. EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Phil Hogan said: "Our commitment to stringent certification and inspection measures is an important component in the EU's food safety standards."
Click here to learn more on EU organic farming.
Anzac Day commemoration
The European Union Delegation to New Zealand will be closed on ANZAC day. Anzac Day ceremonies are held in several European Union countries, including France and Belgium where the Western Front is located. The Battle of the Somme was New Zealand's first major engagement on the Western Front. It took a huge toll on the 15,000 members of the New Zealand Division who were involved. Roughly one in seven of the Division who fought on the Somme was killed, and about four in every ten were wounded. More than 2000 New-Zealanders lie buried on what was once the battlefield of the Somme. An Anzac Day service of remembrance will be held at the New Zealand Memorial in Longueval, France on 22 April 2017.
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