Delegation of the European Union to New Zealand

 

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EU Delegation to New Zealand - Newsletter

No. 184- 4 May 2018

New agreement between EU and NZ to create a more secure and trade-friendly environment

A new Customs Cooperation Agreement between the EU and New Zealand officially entered into force on 1 May. The agreement enables both partners to work together to prevent, investigate and combat breaches of customs rules. It paves the way for more cooperation on customs security and a safer, trade-friendly environment for businesses and consumers alike. Total trade between the EU and New Zealand in goods amounted to €8.4 billion in 2017 and trade in commercial services amounted to a further €4.4 billion in 2016. The entry into force of the agreement follows its signature in July 2017.

Read more here.

 

Statement by the HR/VP on the inter-Korean Summit

"The April 27 meeting of President Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong-un and the Panmunjeom Declaration that they have signed show that the way to peace is possible, against all the odds. It shows that dialogue and diplomacy are our strongest tools to create peaceful solutions to the most difficult problems, and that they can benefit the region and the whole world.
 
The European Union is ready to answer the call of the two leaders for the international community to lend its full support to the denuclearisation of the Peninsula. Full denuclearisation, as committed to by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), must include its nuclear and missile programmes and be complete, verifiable and irreversible."

Read the full statement here.

 

EU seeks progress on Paris Agreement

The European Union is seeking important steps forward on the detailed rules for implementing the Paris Agreement and looks forward to participating in 'Talanoa Dialogue' discussions at the UN climate conference from 30 April to 10 May in Bonn, Germany.

Parties to the Agreement are working to finalise the Paris work programme – the transparency and governance rules for implementing the landmark deal – by the end of 2018 as agreed. The EU's primary negotiating objective this year is to ensure the adoption of a set of rules that is consistent with what was agreed at COP21 and that reflect the shared commitment to action, ambition and forward momentum.

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EU for World Press Freedom Day, 3 May 2018

HR/VP Statement:"On this day we celebrate the World Press Freedom Day in a difficult context for journalism. Freedom of expression and Freedom of the press are threatened around the world.

The European Union is founded on the values of democracy, human rights and the rule of law, on free and pluralistic media as enshrined in the EU's fundamental rights charter. Press freedom plays a crucial role in promoting good governance, transparency, and accountability. Independent journalism is vital to hold states accountable and to monitor democratic processes. Free, diverse and independent media, both online and offline, are pillars of a pluralistic and open society, and they bear the great responsibility to guarantee checked and correct news to the public."

Read the full statement here.

 

European Music on Europe Day returns!

To mark Europe Day on 9 May, a string quartet concert will be performing European music over lunchtime. From 1-2PM, Wellington City Library patrons will be serenaded as they browse. The EU Delegation is pleased to partner once again with Orchestra Wellington and Wellington City Library for this event.

Europe Day celebrates peace and unity in Europe. On 9 May 1950, Robert Schuman, the then French Foreign Minister, set out his idea for a new form of political cooperation in Europe, which would make a new war between Europe's nations unthinkable. His vision was to create a European institution that would pool and manage coal and steel production. A treaty creating such a body was signed just under a year later. Schuman's proposal is considered to be the beginning of what is now the European Union.

 

German Embassy calls for applications: Falling Walls Lab New Zealand

 

Find more information here.

 

Piano concerts for the Centennial of Poland's Regained Independence

To celebrate 100th Anniversary of Poland’s Regained Independence, all music lovers are invited to a series of piano concerts and recitals by a prominent Polish pianist, Raphael A. Lustchevsky. The Polish Embassy in cooperation local Polish Communities and New Zealand partners around the country are proud to present this musical celebration. There will be 6 shows across New Zealand from April 25-May 10, click the link below to find the nearest one!

For more information click 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.

The week will officially open on the 21st May 2018 in Utrecht and will close on 25th May 2018 in Madrid. The high level EU Green Cities Summit will take place in Brussels, 22-24 May 2018.

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.

 

2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage #EuropeForCulture

As part of the 2018 EYCH the EU has put on an unparalleled series of activities and events to encourage people to discover, engage with, and treasure Europe's shared heritage. We must recognise the traces of cultures that once inhabited our continent, so that we may pass them on for generations to come. This year represents a perfect opportunity to reflect upon how to protect our cultural heritage, together. As such, protection is one of the four main themes of the year, alongside engagement, sustainability and innovation.

Find more information about #EuropeForCulture here.

 

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