During his visit to China, European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Mr. Neven Mimica witnessed the signature event to launch the EU-funded project “China Green Cities Development Fund” (CGCDF) that will be implemented by KfW. The Vice-Minister of Finance of China Ms. Zou Jiayi also attended the event.
On 14 November, Cornel Feruta, Chief Coordinator of the Director-General’s Office of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), briefed the EU Political and Security Committee (PSC) on the areas of cooperation between the IAEA and the EU. He also had a meeting with the Secretary General of the EEAS, Helga Schmid, who reiterated EU’s strong support to the IAEA’s overall work on non-proliferation, nuclear energy, nuclear safety, nuclear security, and technical cooperation as well as to the impartial and independent manner in which the IAEA conducts its work.
Covering about 70.9% of the Earth’s surface, the ocean plays an essential role for life, not only marine life but mankind as well. But the ocean is under threat: acidification, sea warming, habitat destruction, coastal pollution, overfishing and plastic litter are major threats to ocean life.
In just one week, on September 10-14, 2018, the Emergency Management Service of the EU’s Earth observation program Copernicus was activated twice by the United States in relation to Hurricane Florence and Typhoon Mangkhut over Guam.
A #RaceToTheTop to #BeatPlasticPollution event co-hosted by the EU and the UN Environment Programme, took place on Tuesday, 25 September, during the UN General Assembly, encouraging governments around the world to follow the EU’s lead and tackle this cross-border challenge. The EU is at the forefront of the global transition towards a more circular economy, transforming how products are designed, produced, used, and recycled in a way that is positive for our environment and boosts our industry’s competitiveness.
The European Union continues to support sustainable tourism development in the Western Balkans and has recently, in collaboration with the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), launched a grant scheme worth 1.62-million-Euros that will be used to improve infrastructure and the quality of services along regional cultural and adventure tourism routes.
By developing unique and sustainable tourism models based on natural, traditional and cultural values and promoting the best features of the Western Balkans, the European Union helps boost economic development, generate income and jobs and increase cross-border cooperation in the region’s most beautiful corners.
Update – the closing remarks are now available
“We Europeans, as much as you, believe that trade should be free and fair at the same time. We are now modernising our trade and political agreements with Mexico, Chile and with Mercosur. We want to expand their benefits to a larger number of people and, particularly, to Small and Medium-sized Enterprises.”