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EU Ambassador Jean-François Cautain met Saturday with H.E. Mr Ishaq Dar, Finance Minister of Pakistan and Monday with Honourable Mr Justice Sardar Raza, Chief Election Commissioner of Pakistan. In the meetings the Ambassador handed over the final report on the EU Electoral Follow-up Mission (EFM), which visited Pakistan in February 2016 to discuss the electoral reform process with key stakeholders, based on the fifty recommendations of the EU election observation mission, which was deployed for the May 2013 parliamentary elections.

"Сотрудничество с европейскими университетами
Сибири: проблемы и решения"
Новосибирский национальный исследовательский
государственный университет
19 апреля 2016
Выступление Советника по науке и инновациям
Представительства Европейского Союза в Российской
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Thank you very much. Let me say how glad I am to welcome here today my good friend, Minister of Norway, Minister Brende. We always have good and regular occasions of exchanging on many different foreign affairs issues. And let me say, this is out of the formal context here, that really, in him and in Norway we always find a great partner on the many different challenges we are facing.

Federica Mogherini was in Luxembourg today to chair the Foreign Affairs Council in the Defence Ministers' format. The meeting's first session focused on Afghanistan, hours after a new deadly attack in central Kabul. Today's attack "shows us how fragile the security situation is in the country," Mogherini commented at the end of the meeting. Protracted violence confirms "the need to continue to work with a lot of energy and attention, in partnership with the Afghan leadership, to stabilise the country," the High Representative added.

The Commission today presented its blueprint for cloud-based services and world-class data infrastructure to ensure science, business and public services reap benefits of big data revolution.

On 19 April 2016, the Council approved the establishment of a military training mission in the Central African Republic (EUTM RCA) to contribute to the country's defence sector reform.

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I chaired this morning the Foreign Affairs Council in the formation of Defence Ministers after a long day yesterday of the Foreign Ministers' meeting, as well as a joint Foreign and Defence Ministers' meeting yesterday evening on Libya.
 

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