EU Commissioner for Trade launches FTA Negotiations
Cecilia Malmström visited New Zealand this week to officially launch the EU-NZ free trade agreement negotiations.
Today is an important milestone in EU-New Zealand relations. Together, we can conclude a win-win agreement that offers benefits to business and citizens alike... This agreement is an excellent opportunity to set ambitious common rules and shape globalisation, making trade easier while safeguarding sustainable development. We can lead by example." said the Commissioner.
To conclude the day, Commissioner Malmström addressed the public at Parliament and later held a question and answer session with students studying the European Union.
The following day, Malmström and Parker jointly held a civil society outreach event in Auckland at Europe House. She then had a business site visit to a New Zealand company with links to Europe.
Read the full press release for the FTA launch here.
EU prioritises care for children with 'No Child Left Behind'
On 15 June the No Child Left Behind conference was held in Brussels, co-hosted by the EU Commission and Lumos - an NGO focused on ending the institutionalisation of children worldwide.
Together, Commissioner Mimica and Lumos founder J.K. Rowling have called for international collaboration to address the high numbers of children who are suffering in orphanages and institutions around the world.
"Children all over the world are being severely harmed... because their primary right to a family has been taken away" said J.K. Rowling.
"We know that children thrive best in families and communities, not in orphanages and institutions that are not providing the love and care every child needs. The EU plays a key role in ensuring that no child is left behind." said Commissioner Mimica.
To read more, click here.
Joint Statement on World Refugee Day 2018
On June 20 in recognition of World Refugee Day, Frans Timmermans, First Vice-President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the Commission together with Commissioners Johannes Hahn, Neven Mimica, Dimitris Avramopoulos, Christos Stylianides and Vera Jourová released a joint statement:
"Every minute, every day, nearly 31 people are forcibly displaced. Today, more than 68.5 million people have been forced to leave their homes due to conflicts and violence, persecution, natural disasters or the very real consequences of climate change –25.4 million of them are refugees.
More than 67 years after the 1951 Geneva Convention on the Status of Refugees, its international principles remain more valid than ever. These principles are enshrined in the EU's asylum acquis, and the EU remains committed to continue standing up for those who are in need of help."
To read the full text, click here.
European Union Chairs Kimberley Process
On 18-22 June the annual Kimberley Process dialogue was held in Antwerp. The Kimberley Process unites governments, civil society and the diamond industry to reduce the flow of conflict diamonds by regulating the international trade in rough diamonds.
As Kimberley Process Chair in 2018, the European Union focusses on improvement of regional cooperation in diamond-producing regions as the international trade of blood diamonds harms many local communities.
To read more about the Kimberly Process click here.
HR/VP Mogherini hosts Climate Security and Peace event
On 22 June the Climate, Security and Peace: The Time for Action event was held in Brussels.
The conference assembled ministers, think tanks, international figures and civil society to assess the ongoing threats posed by climate change. Participants highlighted a set of clear challenges, from tensions over increasingly scarce resources to the forced movement of people in search of usable land and water.
The conference occured 10 years after the EU's first landmark report on climate change and security.
To read more, click here.
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