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Bart Ouvry EU Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo said, “Ensuring access to affordable, secure broadband and digital infrastructure is a key priority for the European Union both in and beyond its borders - and part of its commitment to fulfill the Sustainable Development Goals. Putting the digital into development marks a vitally important step change and we very much welcome this initiative by the EU’s Bank which will have an important impact on some of the most remote villages in Cameroon and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Just recently the European Commission launched its Digital for Development Agenda – this project is precisely the kind of investment we want to see more of.’’

The new edition of the HANDBOOK ON CSDP was presented on 18 May 2017 at the Foreign Affairs Council on Defence by the defence ministers from Austria and Cyprus. In the meantime, the handbook was distributed in various Council working groups, such as the EU Military Committee (31 May) and the Politico-Military Group (7 June).

'In the past, we may have achieved military victory over insurgent forces, but these victories were often only temporary. We need new approaches and we need to involve more regional forces.' With these words the Italian Minister of Defence, Senator Roberta Pinotti closed the ESDC pilot course 'The New Peacekeeping Operations as a Stabilising Factor for the European Union'. The course ran from 8 to 12 May and took place at the Italian Centre for Higher Defence Studies (CASD) in Rome, bringing together, for the main part of the course, 43 participants from the EU and the UN.

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.

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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.

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