Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström is in Kyiv today for the 2nd informal Ministerial Meeting of the EU’s Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Areas (DCFTAs) to meet her counterparts from Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.
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.
Orgalim’s economists compile and analyse the latest data and forecasts for Europe’s technology industries twice a year, looking at economic trends across the branches mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, electronics and ICT, and metal technology. Their latest report shows steady growth in turnover and employment across the tech industries in 2018, while warning of the risks posed by creeping protectionism and a shortage of skilled workers.
The fifty-first meeting of the EEA Council took place in Brussels on 20 May 2019 under the Presidency of Mr Ștefan-Radu Oprea, Minister for Business Environment, Commerce and Entrepreneurship of Romania, representing the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The meeting was attended by Ms Aurelia Frick, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Liechtenstein, Mr Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Iceland, and Ms Ine Eriksen Søreide, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway, as well as by members of the Council of the European Union and representatives of the European Commission and the European External Action Service. The EEA Council discussed the overall functioning of the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA Agreement) and held an orientation debate on Climate change: Long-term strategies towards 2050 and the implementation of the Paris agreement.
Goods imported and exported by the European Union (EU) can be invoiced in a range of currencies. In 2018, the euro was the most used currency for EU exports with a share of 48% of the total value of goods exported to non-EU countries and a share of 35% invoiced in US dollars. The picture was reversed for imports, with 56% of imports paid in US dollars and around a third in euros (35%). For total trade (exports plus imports) the US dollar (45%) was used slightly more often than the euro (41%).