Canada is one of the EU’s closest partners. Respect for democratic principles, human rights and fundamental freedoms and a commitment to the rules-based international order underpin this relationship. In 2016, the EU and Canada signed the Strategic Partnership Agreement and Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, lifting the relationship to a new level. The EU and Canada are also close partners in the framework of the G7 and G20.
On June 28, the European Union and the Republic of Korea held their 5th EU-RoK Cyber Dialogue in Brussels.
On the occasion of the fourth meeting of the EU-Japan Cyber Dialogue in Brussels on 11 June 2019, the European Union (EU) and Japan confirmed their partnership in favour of an open, free, fair, stable and secure cyberspace that fosters social and economic growth and in which human rights and fundamental freedoms are respected.
INSTEX, the mechanism which will facilitate trade with Iran, is now operational and its first transactions are being processed.
On May 24, 2019, the United States hosted the European Union for the sixth U.S.-EU Cyber Dialogue in Washington, DC. Robert Strayer, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Cyber and International Communications Information Policy, U.S. Department of State, and Rory Domm, Acting Head of Division for Security and Defence Policy, European External Action Service, co-chaired the dialogue. U.S. Departments of Justice, Homeland Security and Commerce, and European Commission DG for Communications Networks, Content and Technology and DG Migration and Home Affairs joined the U.S.-EU Cyber Dialogue. A number of EU Member States took part as observers.
The statement was released by the Government of the United States of America and the European Union following the sixth U.S.-EU Cyber Dialogue.
Europe-China initiative marks World Environment Day by inaugurating multiple pilot resilience projects in Zhuhai city in southern China’s Guangdong province. The effort represents EC-Link’s ongoing initiative to build an EU-CHINA platform on resilient city development.
Federica Mogherini, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, this weekend attended the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, where she also held a number of bilateral meetings with interlocutors from all over the world.
Last year’s special report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 °C warns us about the serious and partly irreversible consequences that would arise from exceeding this threshold. It is just half a degree away from where we are now, yet we are headed for much higher temperature increase. This is well past what the ecosystems and humanity can tolerate and would eventually leave vast parts of our planet uninhabitable.
The European Union (EU) and Fiji held their fourth High Level Political Dialogue under article 8 of the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) – EU Partnership (Cotonou) Agreement in Brussels, Belgium, on 20 May 2019 under the co-chairmanship of Fiji’s Foreign Minister H.E. Inia Seruiratu and EEAS Managing Director for Asia and the Pacific, Gunnar Wiegand.
This meeting allowed for a wide ranging dialogue including: political and economic developments in the EU and in Myanmar; trade and investment.
The fifth meeting of the EU-Ecuador Bilateral Consultation Mechanism was held in Brussels on 14 May. During the meeting, both parties expressed satisfaction with the positive evolution and the intensification of the bilateral relationship between Ecuador and the European Union in its various dimensions.
The first meeting of Joint Committee under the Viet Nam – European Union (EU) Comprehensive Partnership and Cooperation Framework Agreement (PCA) met in Ha Noi on 10 May 2019.The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Viet Nam To Anh Dzung, Head of the Vietnamese Delegation, and the Director for Asia and Pacific in the European External Action Service Gunnar Wiegand, co-chaired the first meeting.
The National High Level Policy Dialogue on Sustainable Consumption for Policy Makers and Stakeholders was co-organized by SWITCH-Asia II Regional Policy Advocacy Component (RPAC) funded by the European Union and China Environmental United Certification Center (CEC) in Beijing, on 25 April 2019, with the support of Delegation of the European Union to China, Environmental Development Center of Ministry of Ecology and Environment of China.
Update – the factsheet on EU-LAC relations is available.
Update – the speech by HR/VP Mogherini at the EP on the Joint Communication to the EP and to the Council: EU, Latin America and the Caribbean – joining forces for a common future is available.
The European Union is strengthening its political partnership with Latin America and the Caribbean by focusing it on four priorities – prosperity, democracy, resilience and effective global governance – for common future. The vision for a stronger and modernised bi-regional partnership focused on trade, investment and sectoral cooperation is set out in a new joint communication presented by the European Commission and the High Representative. This new partnership aims at working together in changing global and regional realities that require joint efforts to address common challenges and opportunities.