EU and IOM strengthen ties on global migration
Representatives of the European Union and the International Organization for Migration met in Brussels on 4th April 2018, to discuss the way forward on some of the most pressing issues linked to migration. Migration remains a key issue for the EU. To this end, the EU's work on migration continues towards a comprehensive response, combining internal and external policies, making best use of EU agencies and tools, and involving all actors. The IOM is a trusted and reliable partner in these efforts, building on a close and long-standing partnership. The EU and its Member States remain one of the largest contributors to IOM's budget, with more than half of the funding coming from the EU.
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Statement by the HR/VP on recent events in Gaza
On 31st March 2018, the HR/VP stated on behalf of the EU:
"At least 16 Palestinians were killed on the 30th March by Israeli Security Forces using live ammunition during clashes and demonstrations inside Gaza near the border with Israel. Hundreds were also injured as tens of thousands demonstrated inside Gaza near the border fence.
The EU mourns the loss of life. Our thoughts are with the families of the victims. The use of live ammunition should, in particular, be part of an independent and transparent investigation. While Israel has the right to protect its borders, the use of force must be proportionate at all times.
Freedom of expression and freedom of assembly are fundamental rights that must be respected. An immediate return to calm is essential. All those concerned need to exercise restraint and avoid further violent escalation and any acts that could put civilians in danger."
Read the full statement here.
EU leads action on land mines
The 4th April each year marks the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action. Indeed, for some people war is not over even after a peace treaty. Landmines keep killing people years after conflict has ended. They continue to instil terror, to stop people from returning to their homes or normal lives.
Between 2012 and 2016, the EU committed €600 million to support mine action worldwide, notably in Chad, Colombia, Croatia, Iraq, Laos, Lebanon, Libya, Myanmar, Syria and Ukraine. Thousands of lives have been saved and thousands of survivors have been given the opportunity to live a more dignified life. More than 50 million stockpiled mines have been destroyed. Thirty countries that were heavily contaminated are now mine free.
Find more information here.
EU Green Week 2018
EU Green Week 2018 will explore ways in which the EU is helping cities to become better places to live and work.
Showcasing policy developments on air quality, noise, nature and biodiversity, waste and water management, it will promote participatory approaches to urban development, networking schemes, and tools for sharing best practices, engaging local authorities and citizens, and encouraging them to share their vision of a sustainable future.
Find more information here.
Model EU, Christchurch
The Model EU will give you the chance to not only experience, but be an integral part of a mock negotiation process for the upcoming EU-NZ free trade agreement (FTA). All NZ secondary school students Years 9-13 are eligible. In 2017, the EU and NZ confirmed their commitment to pursue negotiations for a high quality and comprehensive free trade agreement. The EU is one of the most significant players on the global trading scene. It is the world’s largest single market with the EU’s 28 Member States accounting for 16% of world imports and exports. In recent years the EU has become NZ’s second largest trading partner. A EU-NZ FTA would have implications not only for trade but also for climate change, sustainability, animal welfare and labour standards.
The event will take place from 5-6 May. Follow this link to register.
Polish Film Festival
The third edition of the Wellington Polish Film Festival (WPFF) will be screening seven masterpieces of Polish cinema at the Roxy Cinema in Wellington from 5-8 April, as part of a worldwide celebration to commemorate Poland’s centennial of its regained independence.
The WPFF and its Principal Partner, the Polish Filmmakers Association and in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland, the Polish Film institute and the Polish Embassy in Wellington, present films that offer both a wide thematic spectrum and a diversity of aesthetics showcasing various historical periods, and through different generational viewpoints.
For more information for films, ticketing and schedule, please visit http://wpff.nz/.
NZ transfer pricing and tax reforms with Ernst & Young
The German-New Zealand Chamber of Commerce and EY are holding a seminar on transfer pricing and other international tax reforms in NZ. New legislation is currently before parliament as part of the Government's wide BEPS tax reform package. These rules are intended to ensure that NZ subsidaries of multinational companies return a fair share of group profit in NZ and do not "shift" profits out of NZ through transfer pricing and financing measures.
This seminar will:
This event is on 11 April 2018, for registration click here.
EUVP Applications now open for 2019!
The European Union Visitors Programme (EUVP) aims to provide professionals from non-EU countries with an increased understanding of the Union's policies, Institutions and achievements through their visit. New Zealand and Australia have participated in the EUVP programme since 1983 sending over 138 visitors to Europe during that time.
The length of the EUVP visit is normally 5 working days in Brussels. The programme consists of meetings with officials at the EU institutions in Brussels and where relevant, in Strasbourg and/or Luxembourg. All programmes are coordinated and arranged by the EUVP Secretariat and not by the individual participants or by the EU Delegation in New Zealand. Travel and per diem costs are covered by the EUVP.
For information about the application process, click here.
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