3rd November 2017
European Parliament's Committee on International Trade in New Zealand
On Monday and Tuesday, 30 – 31 October, the Committee on International Trade of the European Parliament (INTA), chaired by Bernd Lange, visited Wellington. The MEPs met with Trade Minister David Parker, their counterparts from New Zealand Parliament, captains of New Zealand business community and representatives of Maori community. On the second day, the Committee visited Swedish company "Hexatronic" in Porirua, a front runner in the field of solutions for fibre optic communications. Before continuing their mission to Australia, the INTA Members met with representatives of New Zealand Trade Unions and Civil Society to exchange views on the future FTA and the negotiation process.
INTA Chairman Bernd Lange's interview for Morning Report can be found here.
EU at COP23
The 2017 UN Climate Change Conference (COP23) will be held from 6 to 17 November in Bonn, Germany, under the Presidency of Fiji. The EU and its Member States will participate as parties to the UN Climate Change Convention. The conference will be attended among others by Vice-President of the European Commission for the Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič and Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Karmenu Vella. At this year's conference, the nations of the world will meet to advance the aims and ambitions of the Paris Agreement and to develop guidelines on how its provisions will be implemented across a wide range of issues, such as transparency, adaptation, emission reductions, provision of finance, capacity-building, and technology. The EU will hold a series of side events at COP23, as well as an EU Energy Day on 16 November. These will focus on clean energy solutions for decarbonisation, economic growth and jobs.
Chairman of BiH Presidency in New Zealand, after meeting HR/VP in Brussels
On 30 – 31 October, the Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), H.E. Dragan Čović, visited New Zealand. The Administrator, Dame Sian Elias, standing in for the Governor-General, hosted a state welcome and luncheon on Monday 30 October. Afterwards, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern welcomed H.E. Čović to Parliament. On 24 October, HR/VP Federica Mogherini met with the Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Brussels. They exchanged views on the political situation in the country and its European Union integration path. Chairman Čović, and the HR/VP discussed the immediate priorities ahead of the BiH authorities, in particular swift adoption of the excise duty law, completing the answers to the questionnaire by the end of the year, as well as ensuring the continued and effective implementation of the Reform Agenda. Find out more about the EU – BiH relations.
German President Steinmeier visiting New Zealand
German Federal President Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier will pay a state visit to New Zealand from 5 to 7 November 2017 at the invitation of Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy. He will be accompanied by his wife Elke Büdenbender and a delegation of members of the German Government and Parliament. Several guests with a special interest in New Zealand-German relations will also accompany. The visit will start with a wreath-laying ceremony at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park. Dr. Steinmeier will present a memorial tapestry gifted by the German Government and this will be followed by an official welcome at Government House. Talks with the Governor-General and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will form the core of the political dialogue.
EU-Cuba: new landmark agreement entering into force
A new chapter in EU-Cuba relations was marked on 1 November with the start of provisional application of the first ever agreement between the European Union and Cuba – the Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement (PDCA)."The EU and Cuba are truly turning a page, and the new chapter of our partnership begins now – with the provisional application of our new agreement. Today the European Union gets closer to Cuba and all Cuban citizens as the country goes through economic, political and social modernisation", said the HR/VP, adding: “We Europeans are tied to Cuba, Latin America and the Caribbean by a shared history, culture, values, and aspirations for the present and the future”. The PCDA comprises three main chapters on political dialogue, cooperation and sector policy dialogue as well trade cooperation. A full press release is available here.
HR/VP on the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists
Thursday, 2 November, is the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists. The European Union commends the work of journalists in uncovering abuses of power, shining a light on corruption and human right violations, and questioning received opinion, often putting themselves at risk of intimidation, violence and death. "An independent and free media is the basis of a participatory and pluralist democracy, and a tool to make governments accountable for their actions… An attack on journalists represents an attack on democracy and pluralistic societies", HR/VP Federica Mogherini said. The EU continues to use all appropriate external policy and financial instruments to enhance the quality of journalism, access to public information and freedom of expression. The EU plays a key role in funding the European Centre for Press and Media freedom and provides targeted protection through Human Rights Defenders programmes.
Polish Film Festival – Wellington
The Embassy of Poland invites you to join the second edition of the Wellington Polish Film Festival – WPFF 2017. This year, the Polish Film Festival will be held at the award-winning Roxy Cinema in the heart of NZ’s movie-making capital Miramar. WPFF 2017 will present another year of exciting, contemporary, award winning and seldom-seen work from renowned and up and coming Polish filmmakers. Save the dates Friday 3 November – Sunday 12 November 2017! The 2017 programme is now live with tickets available online. It is also worth looking at the Polish Embassy's Facebook page. Zapraszamy na Festiwal Polskich Filmów Wellington 2017!
Italian Film Festival - Wellington
Cinema Italiano Festival's second edition opened in Wellington on Wednesday, 1 November. The annual celebration of Italian cinema is showcasing an eclectic range of 20 titles at Island Bay's Empire Cinema until 14 November. Festival director, Paolo Rotondo, says his aim to provide New Zealand audiences with a selection that is reflective of what is coming out of Italy now. There are some broad, accessible films in the line-up, documentaries (including the Oscar-nominated Fire at Sea), and some Italian dramas. Don’t miss this opportunity to immerse yourself in the energy and diversity of Italian culture and book your tickets today.
Latin America & Spain Film Festival 2017
The Embassy of Spain in Wellington invites to the 16th edition of the Latin America and Spain Film Festival 2017. The Festival has already started and is screening movies until the 11 November. It is dedicated to contemporary cinematographic productions from Latin America and Spain. A specially selected collection of 11 films will be presented, with the main goal to bring New Zealand’s audience closer to the history, culture and social developments of Latin America and Spain. The Festival is spread out all over the country and for the first time there will be screenings in Taupo, Queenstown and Waiheke. Entrance is free of charge. Find out more about the Latin America and Spain Film Festival 2017.
Dutch Film Festival – Auckland/Wellington
The Netherlands Embassy in New Zealand warmly invites you to the Dutch Film Festival in Auckland and Wellington this month. Festival entry is free, and all three films are in Dutch with English subtitles. Reserve your tickets for Wellington and for Auckland. Find more information on the Netherlands Embassy Facebook page.
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