EU Commissioner for Trade to speak in Wellington and Auckland
Cecilia Malmström will visit New Zealand next week to launch the EU-NZ free trade agreement negotiations.
As part of this visit, Commissioner Malmström will give a public speech on 21 June at Parliament Buildings in Wellington. This event is hosted by the Minister for Trade and Export Growth David Parker in association with the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, the EU Delegation to New Zealand and the European Union Centres Network.
On 22 June Commissioner Malmström and Minister Parker will jointly hold a civil society outreach event in Auckland at Europe House. This event is open to the public and is a great opportunity for anybody interested in the EU-NZ FTA to ask questions about it.
Statement by the HR/VP Mogherini on the Singapore Summit
Following the conclusion of the 12 June Summit between US President Donald Trump and DPRK leader Kim Jong Un, High Representative Federica Mogherini released an official statement:
"Today’s Summit meeting ... reaffirms our strong conviction that diplomacy is the only way forward towards lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula. Pursuing the diplomatic track is often challenging, but it is always rewarding. This Summit was a crucial and necessary step to build upon the positive developments achieved in inter-Korean relations and on the Peninsula so far, thanks to the leadership, wisdom and determination of the President of the Republic of Korea, Moon Jae-in."
To read the full text, click here.
New European Peace Facility to boost international security
On 13 June HR/VP Federica Mogherini announced a new European Peace Facility (EPF) worth €10.5 billion to boost the EU's security and defence capabilities. It is proposed that the EPF will:
"The European Peace Facility would allow the EU to be much more efficient in deploying our military missions, but also to better support our partners in dealing with our shared security challenges", said High Representative Federica Mogherini.
The new EPF fund is allocated for 2021–2027 and is separate from the EU budget. To read more about the EPF click here.
Talanoa Dialogue for EU Climate Action
On 13 June the Talanoa Dialogue began in Brussels. It aims to:
"In this global transition, the EU is ready to do its fair share, and work with all global partners to make the low-carbon transition a successful and inclusive one. We clearly cannot do it alone: the EU accounts for less than 10% of global emissions today. To succeed, we need all countries, regions and actors round the world on board." said Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Arias Cañete.
To see live updates from the conference, click here.
EU Budget: Commission proposes major funding increase for migration and fisheries
On 12 June the European Commission proposed to increase funding for migration and border management in the next EU budget. Funding for border management will increase to €34.9 billion for 2021-2027 compared to €13 billion in the last budget.
The Commission has also proposed a €6.14 billion flexible fund for European fisheries and the maritime economy. The new fund will continue to support European fisheries in favor of more sustainable fishing practices.
EU sponsors first TEDx Event held in a Refugee Camp
TEDxKakuma was held on 9 June and was the world's first ever TED event from a refugee camp in north-western Kenya. The camp has a population of 185,449 refugees and asylum-seekers. The EU Delegation to Kenya supported this event.
TEDxKakuma offered a different lens into the reality of life as a refugee, away from the images of devastation and suffering, and towards stories of resilience, of contribution, of creativity. Speakers included current and former Kakuma Camp refugees as well as international experts and artists who wish to make the world a better place for people forced to flee their homes.
To watch a reply of the live stream, click here.
Falling Walls Lab New Zealand 2018
"Falling Walls Lab" is an ambitious interdisciplinary competition especially targeting young innovative thinkers including students, young professionals and entrepreneurs. Applicants are asked to present an original and socially relevant social initiative or research project to a selected jury within a three minute period. New Zealand applicants will be supported by the German Embassy in Wellington and the Royal Society of New Zealand.
For more information, please click here.
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