The European Union and the United States met on 11 December 2015 in Brussels for their annual High level Dialogue on Non-Proliferation, Disarmament and Arms Control. The US Delegation was led by Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Non-proliferation, Thomas Countryman and by Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control, Verification and Compliance, Anita Friedt.
Let me start by saying that this first ever Stabilisation and Association Council between the European Union and Bosnia and Herzegovina was going to be in itself a positive thing for this very same fact - that it takes place. But let me also say sincerely that this was a very positive meeting also in substance. An extremely good one that allows us to not only be satisfied with the work done over this year, but also to look forward to the next steps of this common work.
On 11th December, the Delegation held the annual Christmas Party for journalists. Over 200 Chinese and foreign journalists attended. The event is very much appreciated by journalists and allows us to also make new contacts.
Building up on the success of previous editions, more than 1,500 people packed the Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica in Ottawa on 11 December to hear a unique selection of European Christmas carols, beautifully performed by the Cantiamo Girls Choir of Ottawa, La Chorale De La Salle, and the Calixa Lavallée Ensemble.