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Tuesday, 02 August 2016 11:27

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European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in an interview with the Austrian newspaper Kurier said that does not exclude the breakdown of the agreement with Turkey on the issue of illegal migration.

Juncker believes that the chance of a cancellation very high:

"The risk of cancellation of the agreement is very high. Success is very fragile. President Erdogan repeatedly hinted at the desire to cancel the agreement."

  • In April 2016, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Chavushoglu said that Turkey will cancel the agreement on migrants, if the EU does not keep its word, including the issue of visa-free travel to Turkish citizens.
  • In May this year, Juncker said that the agreement on visa-free regime with the EU for Turkish citizens, in turn, can be broken, if Turkey does not fulfill all the agreements.

According to Juncker, Europe will be face to face with the flow of refugees, if the agreement will be canceled.

brexitRecall that the United Kingdom by that time can greatly enhance control over the illegal migration. Brussels plans to start direct talks on Brexit no later than autumn 2017. Out of Britain from the European Union should be completed by the summer of 2019. On such terms rely both the British and the European authorities, writes Financial Times.

After the decision of the British, Brussels has repeatedly said that Britain should as soon as possible start EU exit procedure. However, EU officials have only now begun to prepare two years of negotiations to overcome the UK.

While Brussels regulates affairs between the countries members of the EU, the Institute for Human Rights currently only appears in Belgium.

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Media noted that Belgium has repeatedly been criticized because of the lack of similar center in the country. Last time such a comment came from the Human Rights Council in January this year.

According to the organization "Amnesty International", the establishment of the Institute of Human Rights is of key importance. It pointed out that in Belgium there are already institutions that are partly engaged in aspects related to this topic: gender equality, the fight against racism, the protection of private life, but there is no independent monitoring instruments of human rights for example in prisons.

Belgian Justice Minister Kun Gens announced that in Belgium soon there will be its own Institute for Human Rights. He assured that the establishment of such an authority is a priority of the government and the implementation of this dossier has recently accelerated.

The "Amnesty International" believe that as necessary to monitor the measures taken in the fight against terrorism.

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Flag CyprusThe leaders of the Greek and Turkish parts of Cyprus - Nicos Anastasiades and Mustafa Akindzhi - after lengthy negotiations called for unification of the island

As stated in the joint statement of politicians - "They expressed their determination to overcome all questions aimed at achieving a settlement of the Cyprus problem within this year".

A spokesman for the Cypriot government said that Anastasiadis and Akindzhi have different approaches on how to address the issue of security and guarantees:

Anastasiadis wants the two leaders reached an agreement first, which will then give Turkey. Akindzhi proposes to adopt a decision on a broad conference with the guarantor States, which then finalize the agreement.

"Anastasiadis's position is that the safety section and guarantees must first be discussed between the two communities to agree, and then submit to a multilateral conference, which will be attended by the guarantor countries - Greece, Turkey and the UK", - said the spokesman.

Cyprus leadersThe two leaders said they would like to underline their commitment to strengthen efforts in the coming months "with a view to achieving a comprehensive agreement for 2016".

"Last year, taking into account the interests of our community, we have made every effort to show respect for the rights of all parties to our common goal -. It is a win-win solution that will take into account the interests and rights of the future united Cyprus", - said in a statement.

The next meeting between the two leaders in Cyprus is expected to be held May 27

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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.


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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Georgia EU VisaOn March 9, the European Commission announced the submission of a legislative proposal on visa liberalization for Georgia. Granting Ukraine and Georgia visa-free regime will be considered separately as the Netherlands has not yet approved the agreement on the EU-Ukraine Association.

At a briefing in Brussels, presenting a legislative proposal on Georgia, European Commissioner for Migration Dimitris Avramopoulos said that at the beginning of the summer will be a final decision on the abolition of visas for citizens of Georgia, and in a month the European Commission will submit a proposal for such an abolition for Ukraine.

Dimitris Avramopoulos"The Commission today proposed to remove visa requirements for Georgian citizens. The Commission proposes to include Georgia in the list of countries with which the EU has visa-free regime ... We are waiting for the moment when the Georgians will be able to travel to the EU without visas, as well as the Europeans go in Georgia ", - said the commissioner.

Ukraine EU VisaAvramopoulos also noted that Ukraine could soon join Georgia in this matter.

"We are working to submit a legislative proposal on the abolition of visas for Ukraine We expect that Ukraine will join to the list next month.", - He said.

Thus, the citizens of Ukraine will be able to visit without visas over 37 countries

ukraina viza dlya inostrancevAlso, on March 9, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has simplified the rules for obtaining visas for entry into the country and transit through its territory to citizens of the 27 states.

The text of the decree of 2 March 2016 number 145 published on Wednesday on the government website.

Short-term visas to citizens and nationals of Australia, Albania, Bahrain, Guatemala, Qatar, Kuwait, Malaysia, the United Mexican States, New Zealand, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Singapore and Turkey, are made without the need for submission to the diplomatic missions and consular offices of Ukraine established sample invitations .

For citizens of Australia, Antigua and Barbuda, the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, Barbados, Mauritius, New Zealand, United Arab Emirates, the Republic of Palau, the Republic of El Salvador, the Republic of Seychelles, the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis, the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, as well as Turkey, which go to Ukraine with the purpose of tourism, visas can be issued at border checkpoint in the presence of the documents confirming the nature of the trip.

In the future, one of the tools to simplify procedures for obtaining visas for foreign citizens to enter Ukraine could be the introduction of biometric visas. Besides the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry is planning to move to the issuing of visas in the online mode.

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Saturday, 06 February 2016 10:36

The EU is ready to reform itself

Britaniya ES2nd of February Chairman of the European Council Donald Tusk unveiled draft proposals for legislative reform in the EU. The project aims to achieve a compromise with Britain's EU reforms that previously requested by British Prime Minister David Cameron. Finally, the position of the parties must agree by 18 February, to the summit of heads of the EU countries.

United Kingdom reached an agreement with the European Union concerning the mechanism of blocking of unwanted EU legislation

According to the draft document, if within 12 weeks after receipt of the draft legislative act to the EU countries, 55% of members of national parliaments will vote for the amendment, the European Council will be required to discuss the proposals and take appropriate decisions.

This enables national parliaments to be heard in Brussels.

The text of the draft revision of the relationship between Britain and the EU, which has yet to be agreed upon by all Member States, in general, satisfied with Cameron. After all the meetings and talks, British Prime Minister got small victories in all Britain extended requirements.labor migrants

The most controversial among UK requirements which do not agree to the EU, is to limit migration within the community. Cameron has offered to provide migrant workers from the EU access to the British benefits only after four years of work in the UK.

British Prime Minister Office has confirmed that the EU agreed to give UK the right without delay to introduce restrictions on the access of migrant workers from the EU to social benefits.

"On the issue of access to social benefits The European Commission adopted the text, which clearly indicates that the current circumstances in the UK comply with the criteria for starting mechanism of "emergency brake", - said in the statement of the Office of the Prime Minister.

fransua ollandFrench President Francois Hollande said that there shouldn't be further discussions on the EU reform requirements of Great Britain at the EU summit, scheduled for 18-19 February, according to Agence France-Presse.

"We want Britain to remain in the European Union The compromise that has been found, probably, will allow us to find solutions to the problems that so far seemed intractable, however, at the summit of the European Union should not be a new adjustment or renegotiation", - noted the President of France.

Cameron still thinks that the UK is better to stay in the EU, but in subject to major reforms and the revision of the conditions of membership of the United Kingdom. A referendum on this subject will be held in the summer and just in the current year, because in 2017 the UK would hold the EU Presidency and the referendum on the topic of Output from the community will look out of place.

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Thursday, 14 January 2016 23:12

Britain offers to reform the EU

British Prime Minister David Cameron said that in February this year at the next EU summit, he hopes to sign an agreement on reforming the European Union.

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Speaking at The Andrew Marr Show the Prime Minister said that the withdrawal from the European Union "is not the right solution for Britain", but at the same time, according to Cameron's "Britain does not need further political integration and a close alliance with other countries of EU."

A referendum on the future of Britain's membership in EU authorities promised to hold until the end of 2017, however, according to Cameron, it can be arranged this year - in the event that an agreement on the reforms of the alliance will be signed next month.

The head of the British government believes that the national parliaments of EU member states should have more power in order to be able to block local adopted by Brussels directives.

British Prime Minister proposals on the reform of the EU relate to four areas: management of the economy, competition, immigration and sovereignty.

Cameron offers:

  • Recognize that the euro is not sole currency of the European Union. For countries outside the euro zone, they have not been infringed in their economic interests.
  • Tighten policy in the provision of social benefits to migrants.
  • Reduce the "burden" of excessive regulation of the European economy and limit the further expansion of the single market.
  • Also, Britain wants to get from Brussels assurances that UK would not have to participate in the programs of financial assistance to countries in the eurozone.
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hollandAt the beginning of April 2015 the Association Agreement EU-Ukraine had ratified lower house of Dutch Parliament. Later, July 7, the document approved upper house of the Dutch parliament. Thus the Kingdom of the Netherlands completed the ratification of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the European Union.

The Agreement shall enter into force in stages and by chapters. The next chapter deals with the Free Trade Agreement between Ukraine and the European Union.

On this occasion will be held a consultative referendum in the Netherlands scheduled for April 6, 2016. For carrying out of the referendum have been collected over 400 thousand signatures of the required minimum of 300 thousand.

In a referendum will be proposed:
"Support for the law on the approval of the Netherlands, the Association Agreement between the European Union and Ukraine"

To participate in the vote may be at least 18 years of age or older who have Dutch citizenship and are not deprived of the right to vote.

The Dutch government is planning to organize a campaign in support of Ukraine on the eve of the upcoming referendum. This was stated by Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte.mark rutte

"I'll be there and I'll explain to people why we signed the agreement ... We are - trading nation. We live on free trade agreements, and Ukraine is another example of this", - said Rutte.

According to Prime Minister of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, which currently holds the EU presidency, the agreement is beneficial for both Europe and Amsterdam. In his words, all the Dutch government supports the agreement between Ukraine and the EU.

"People who are inclined to vote against, believe that this is the first step towards EU membership. This has nothing common with merger.", - He added.

bert koendersDutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders said that this agreement serves the interests of the Dutch security, helping to stabilize the eastern regions of the EU, and this is important both for Ukraine and for the Netherlands. According to him, the government will actively promote to the public the idea of a positive response to the referendum.

The referendum results are advisory in nature and are not binding. But if in the referendum will take part at least 30% of the electorate, the Dutch government should consider the issue. For example, if Dutchmen will vote against it, then the government should reconsider its decision to ratify the agreement.

At the same Koenders said that he can not talk in advance about a possible government response to the outcome of the referendum.

"If we advance say: " Yes, we will follow the results ", it would create a precedent for all the referendums of this type. If we say: " No, we will not ", it would undermine the referendum law, which is a democratic tool" - Koenders said.

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