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Each EU mission works in the framework of a comprehensive approach. The mission works in agreement and coordination with the EU Delegations in the same area and in the framework of EU regional policies.
On 17 February Ambassador Savage attended the launch of the Treaty Times 30 project, hosted by the Governor-general Her Excellency The Right Honourable Dame Patsy Reddy.
Prime Minister Bill English met with EU leaders in Brussels for the first time on 10 January 2017. Along with meeting President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, Prime Minister English met President of the Council of the European Union, Donald Tusk. They reviewed the bilateral relations between the EU and New Zealand and discussed a number of issues, including the prospect of a free trade agreement between the European Union and New Zealand.
The EU has a longstanding policy promoting respect for human rights in all third countries. In this regard, the EU Guidelines on Death Penalty adopted in 2013 state that the EU will continue its long-standing campaign against the death penalty.
In a recent development, the European Parliament and the Council of the EU have decided to further strengthen these rules. This new legislation was signed on 23 November.
Every year 10 December marks the Human Rights Day (HRD). It commemorates the day on which, in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The EU offers and will continue to offer significant support to the HRD. It plays a leading role in promoting a rules-based global order, with respect for human rights at its core. EU4HumanRights aims at raising awareness about human rights issues in the world and discussing human rights priorities in EU foreign policy.
On 3 December HR/VP Federica Mogherini attended a panel discussion on the Future of Syria with the UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura, at the Mediterranean Dialogue Forum in Rome. Mogherini stressed that "the international community must not abandon Aleppo, and must support European Union efforts to plan for the future of Syria after the war.
On 20 February, Federica MOGHERINI, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the EC, meets with Mike PENCE, US Vice-President at the U.S. mission to the EU in his first official visit to Brussels.