On 28 May 2018, the Council adopted the EU's annual report on human rights and democracy in the world in 2017. In 2017, human rights remained at the heart of the European Union's external action, and the EU reaffirmed its role as a leading global proponent of the promotion and protection of human rights.
Following the European Plastics Strategy adopted in January 2018, the European Commission proposed New EU-wide rules this week, to target 10 single-use plastic products most often found on Europe's beaches and seas, as well as lost and abandoned fishing gear.
The new rules will introduce plastic ban in certain products (plastic cotton buds, cutlery, plates, straws, drink stirrers and sticks for balloons), consumption reduction targets, obligations for producers, collection targets, labelling requirements and awareness-raising measures.
My authorities have instructed me to request consultations with the United States of America (United States) pursuant to Articles 1 and 4 of the Understanding on Rules and Procedures Governing the Settlement of Disputes (DSU), Article XXII:1 of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade 1994 (GATT 1994) and Article 14 of the Agreement on Safeguards, concerning the import adjustments that the United States recently introduced on certain steel and aluminium products in the form of additional import duties. These measures adversely affect exports of these goods from the European Union to the United States.
The Ministry of Health and the European Union (EU) recently broke ground for the construction of two high dependency units (HDUs) at the St. Ann’s Bay Hospital, as part of ongoing efforts to improve maternal and child health outcomes in Jamaica.