Items filtered by date: April 2016

Canada EU FreeTradeZoneThe European Union and Canada in 2013 signed an agreement on creating a free trade area. Harmonization of the text of the Free Trade Zone Agreement between Canada and the European Union is complete and must be approved by the countries - EU members and the European Parliament. This agreement should start operating next year.


This was reported by Minister of International Trade of Canada Hristea Freeland.

"Canada and the European Commission are pleased to announce that the legal verification of the English-language text of an agreement on a comprehensive free trade zone is completed," - said Freeland.

Now, the agreement will be translated into the other 22 EU languages, then signed and ratified.

The new Government of Canada was able to agree with the EU, some changes to the original agreement. These changes will create for Canadian and European citizens and businesses more transparent and fair system in the field of investment.

chrystiafreeland"There have been some changes to the section on investing that reflect the common aspiration of Canada and the European Union to strengthen the rights of states to carry out regulation. We also have detailed requirements for the members of ethics committees and the tribunal, and introduced a system of appeal." - explained Freeland.

The agreement on free trade zone between the EU and Canada will bring many environmental benefits to Canadians and open access to a market of 500 million people and a total GDP of $ 20 trillion.

"It is really "golden" trade deal that will bring incredible benefits to Canadians and Europeans, wich we will experience in wealth growth. I am convinced that this deal will be significant." - summed Freeland.

ttipThe EU and the United States currently negotiating an agreement on free trade and investment partnership. The agreement with the United States is supported by all heads of the leading European economies. And EU business in the first place - a large. Obama, speaking in London on Saturday, April 23, said that the establishment of free trade between the EU and the US zone will create millions of jobs and billions of dollars of benefits.

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In recent years, Europe has taken a lot of measures to address the migration crisis from building physical barriers to resettlement quotas. Tense created by this crisis is very strong for the EU.

EU reduces this tension taking successive solutions that reduce the flow of refugees to Europe. One such solution has led to the financing of Turkey, which can be a key point for the control of migration flows.

Livan IordanBut the problem is so great that the efforts of the EU itself is not enough. Fortunately, the international community and international institutions do not stand on the sidelines. Eight countries and the European Commission agreed to allocate to support the Syrian refugees in Jordan and Lebanon for a total of more than $ 1.5 billion.

Lebanon and Jordan are the countries that hosted the largest number of refugees from neighboring Syria. Over the past five years in the region of Middle and Near East more than 15 million people were forced to leave their homes because of conflict or unstable situation at home.


These measures should help to ease the flow of refugees. The decision was made during the spring session of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which takes place in Washington.

Among the states that have accepted the financial support of refugees - Germany, USA, Canada, Japan, France, Britain, the Netherlands and Norway.

Financial aid package is part of the program, which launched the World Bank, the United Nations and the Islamic Development Bank in October 2015 with a view to supporting the Middle and Near East, and North Africa.

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As specified in the World Bank's press release issued on April 15, 141 million dollars is planned to provide free, one billion - as a loan and another $ 500 million - in the form of financial guarantees.

Pope Francis, in the morning on April 16 arrived on the island of Lesbos, where he met with Prime Minister of the Republic of Greece Alexis Tsipras.

The main topic of conversation was the critical situation of refugees and migrants, in particular, the situation on the island of Lesbos. It was pointed out that this crisis is a European and International problem that requires a comprehensive response, respecting European and International laws.

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Ibid at the o.Lesbos was signed a joint declaration on the ecumenical and humanitarian cooperation between the Primates of the Catholic Church, the Orthodox Church of the Patriarchate of Constantinople and the Greek Orthodox Church. The document was signed by Pope Francis, Patriarch Bartholomew and Patriarch Ieronim.

According to this document, the signatories express their deep concern about the tragic situation of many refugees, migrants and asylum seekers who have arrived in Europe, in an attempt to escape from a situation of conflict, and in many cases - from the daily threat of their lives.

"... The tragedy of migration and displacement affects millions of people and is, in fact, the crisis of mankind requires a response of solidarity, compassion, generosity, and the immediate and effective involvement of resources...", - said in a declaration.

Also heads of the churches together and solemnly called for the conclusion of the war and violence in the Middle East, peace and dignified return of those who were forced to leave their homes, to their homeland.

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In the Netherlands, April 6 held a referendum on the agreement on association with EU

referendum hollandIn the Netherlands, previously noted that a consultative referendum results are advisory in nature and are not binding. But if at least 30% of the electorate will take part in the referendum the Dutch government should consider this issue.


In January 2016 the head of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker warned Dutch voters of the dangers of refusing to support the European integration of Ukraine in a referendum.

Foreign Minister Bert Koenders said that regardless of the results of the referendum Netherlands wants to maintain friendly relations with Ukraine. Citizens of the Netherlands explained before the referendum, which means the signing of the Agreement with Ukraine on the association with the EU and talked about the benefits of free trade zones.

14 tnAs a result of processing 100% of the referendum ballot on the ratification of the Agreement on association with Ukraine, it became known that the majority of voters voted against. The referendum was declared valid, because he was overcome by a 30 percent turnout.

According to preliminary data, 61.1% voted against, "yes" in favor of 38%. Official results of the referendum will be announced on April 12

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said after the referendum that the country's authorities to thoroughly revise the agreement with Ukraine on the association to "satisfy all parties".

Netherlands remains the last EU country that has not yet completed the ratification procedure. The final decision on ratification of the Agreement after the internal discussions and procedures will make the Government of the Netherlands. While the Netherlands has not ratified the agreement on Ukraine-EU association, it can not enter into force. EU leaders are waiting for the decision of the Dutch government.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker sad result of the referendum in the Netherlands, however, according to him, the Association Agreement will continue to act as the provisional application mode.

The EU can continue to use it temporarily, as is the case in 2014. And from 1 January 2016 as a temporary is a free trade area (FTA) between Ukraine and the European Union. Regardless of the length of the ratification process, the temporary effect of the Association Agreement and FTA with Ukraine will remain in force.

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Saturday, 02 April 2016 11:23

The 13th EU-India Summit

Brussels, March 30, after a four-year break, was held the 13th EU-India Summit

The Summit aims to deepen the strategic partnership and ensure progress in such areas as trade, investment, research and development, energy, climate, water resources, migration, human rights, foreign policy and security.EU INDIA

The main agenda topics of the day were - international security, migration, trade and sustainable development. The Summit also focused on the resumption of 5 years of work on the agreement on free trade zone and the fight against terrorism. steps to deepen political and economic cooperation have been made.

Flags of European Union and IndiaThe first EU-India summit was held on June 28, 2000 in Lisbon, on its results adopted "Programme of Action". Previous EU-India summit was held in 2012, when bilateral relations were at their peak. Negotiations about FTA started in 2007, and counts at that moment 16 rounds were suspended in 2013. The outcome of the summit 2016 is joint declaration and a "road map" to 2020, and several declarations of cooperation in specific areas.

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