EURACTIV invites you to this high-level workshop to discuss the strategic regional importance of the East-West Corridor and its future potential. Questions will include:
– How can the corridor help foster good relations, peace and stability in the Caucasus and Central Asia and solve cross-border political issues?
– How will the corridor encourage further economic progress in the region?
– What new investments in energy infrastructure projects can the corridor support?
– Which countries are geopolitically important as regional hubs of the corridor?
– What potential exists for the establishment of new ports and other transport hubs as the corridor develops over time?
On 1 July representatives of the European Union and Hong Kong Customs met to discuss the state of play and next steps of our bilateral customs cooperation. This was the eleventh meeting of the “Joint Customs Cooperation Committee” under the bilateral Customs Cooperation and Mutual Administrative Assistance Agreement signed in 1999. Discussions focused on the implementation of our Action Plan on the enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights, the possible prospects for the mutual recognition of Authorised Economic Operators, the fight against fraud and single window.
Agenda include a presentation of the Finnish Presidency priorities, the FDI screening regulation and the International Procurement Instrument.
On the 26th of June representatives of the European Union and China met to take stock of our bilateral customs cooperation and to identify ways of improving it further. This was the tenth meeting of the “Joint Customs Cooperation Committee”. Discussions focused on ensuring the safety and security of our bilateral trade, while acting against illegal commerce (counterfeit and pirated products, waste) and fighting financial fraud. These actions go hand-in-hand with providing facilitation for legitimate trade. The increasing importance of e-commerce also featured in the discussions.