New figures released by the European Commission today, show that imports of U.S. soya beans by the European Union increased by 121% over the current market year (July 2018 to mid-April 2019), compared to the same period in the previous year.
With a share of 72% of EU soya beans imports, the U.S. is today Europe's number one supplier. Conversely, Europe is the top destination of U.S. soya beans exports with 22%, followed by China (18%) and Mexico (9%).
Ambassador Stavros Lambrinidis presented his credentials to U.S. President Donald Trump at a White House ceremony yesterday, formally assuming the role of European Union Ambassador to the United States.
In his accompanying note to President Trump, Ambassador Lambrinidis stressed the fundamental importance of the EU's relationship to the U.S. "There is no deeper and stronger alliance than the transatlantic partnership," he wrote.
The Council today adopted a set of conclusions concerning the implementation by the EU of the United Nations' 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development, which was established in 2015 and comprises a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Given the horizontal nature of the 2030 Agenda, its implementation requires a cross-policy approach by the EU and its member states. Earlier this year, the Commission published a reflection paper "Towards an ever more sustainable Union by 2030," to which the conclusions are a response.
The United States’ authorities have revoked the International Criminal Court Prosecutor's visa for entry into the United States. The European Union reiterates its serious concern about the US policy towards the ICC.
The ICC plays a key role in the fight against impunity. The EU emphasises that protecting the neutrality and judicial independence of the ICC is paramount to its effectiveness and proper functioning.