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The effort to combat climate change has overcome a great many challenges. From being ignored, underestimated, or outright denied, to the near global consensus it enjoys today. Challenges remain, but the Paris climate agreement was a landmark. Our direction of travel is now clear and unstoppable.


Foreword by the Ambassador, European Film Festival

Singapore, 18 May 2017

The European Union Delegation to Singapore issues the following statement in agreement with the EU Heads of Mission, and the Head of Mission of Norway:

The European Union (EU) welcomes the recent judgement in which the High Court opted for a non-capital conviction instead of the death penalty for two defendants on drug trafficking charges.


Our work on EU security and defence continues. One year ago, High Representative Federica Mogherini launched the EU Global Strategy, which set a new level of ambition for the EU’s role in the field of defence. That was followed by the European Defence Action Plan, and the EU-NATO Joint Declaration to step up our cooperation. The European Commission has officially established the European Defence Fund, which will support military related research and Europe’s defence industry.


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The inaugural EU Australia Leadership Forum (EUALF) gathered up to 160 likeminded high level European and Australian participants in Sydney on 2-6 June.

The EUALF is funded by the European Union as a three year public diplomacy project with the overall aim to broaden and deepen the existing ties between the EU and Australia to help shape the vision for the partnership.

The World Trade Organization today found that the United States has continued to illegally subsidise aircraft manufacturer Boeing, causing significant harm to its European competitor Airbus. The WTO ruling confirms that the United States has taken no appropriate action to comply with its obligation to withdraw subsidies declared illegal by the WTO’s Appellate Body in 2012, or to remove their adverse effects.

Intervention by European Commissioner Karmenu Vella during United Nations Ocean Conference Partnership Dialogue 7: Enhancing the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources by implementing international law as reflected in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.