Daily Archives: May 29, 2015

South Sudan: UN officials call for international engagement to de-escalate country’s conflict

29 May 2015 – As South Sudan’s civil conflict continues to escalate, five senior United Nations officials have urged all stakeholders in the country to reach a sustainable solution to the crisis through inclusive dialogue and foster a lasting peace based on accountability and reconciliation.

“We are appalled at the large scale, widespread nature of the violations and abuses reported, including extra judicial killings, the abduction of women and children, rape and other forms of sexual violence, recruitment and use of children, looting and destruction of property,” UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Zainab Hawa Bangura, UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui, Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng and the UN Special Adviser on the Responsibility to Protect, Jennifer Welsh declared in a joint statement released yesterday evening.

“The fighting has exacerbated an already dire economic and humanitarian situation by reducing the humanitarian space, thus depriving thousands of South Sudanese of essential humanitarian assistance.”

South Sudan’s ongoing conflict began in December 2013 and has been marked by brutal violence against civilians and deepening suffering across the country. Some 119,000 people are sheltered in UN compounds there while the Organization estimates that the number of people in need for 2015 will include an anticipated 1.95 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) and a projected 293,000 refugees.

In recent weeks, however, the fighting in the country has worsened considerably with reports of widespread killings, rapes, abductions and the burning and destruction of towns and villages, particularly throughout South Sudan’s Unity state.

In addition, UN human rights monitors have been denied access to various sites in the State by members of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLM/A) as they sought to verify the reports.

The five UN officials reminded all parties on the ground of their responsibilities, in line with international law, to ensure the full protection of the civilian population, especially women and children, from violence and to spare them the effects of hostilities, while also urging the UN Security Council, African Union, the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), and neighbouring countries to facilitate the process of de-escalation. Women, as leaders and agents of change, must also be represented in peace talks, they added, and women’s groups must be fully consulted in the process.

“It is the collective responsibility of the international community to take decisive steps to end the protracted suffering of the South Sudanese people, especially the women and children who are disproportionately affected by the recent clashes,” they continued.

In other news, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Eugene Owusu of Ghana as his Deputy Special Representative in the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), where he will also serve as UN Resident Coordinator, Humanitarian Coordinator, and Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

He will succeed Toby Lanzer of the United Kingdom, who will be taking up the post of Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sahel region. The Secretary-General is grateful for Mr. Lanzer’s dedicated service with the United Nations in the Republic of South Sudan.

First Chinese peacekeeping troops deployed to South Sudan

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Inauguration ceremony to celebrate the completion of the UNMISS Chinese Infantry Battalion’s camp construction. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine

The first ever Chinese UN peacekeeping combat force to an African country has deployed to South Sudan.

The African country gained its independence from Sudan in 2011 and has suffered periods of internal conflict ever since.

The Chinese battalion is part of a force of 12,500 peacekeeping troops authorized by the UN Security Council.

Ana Carmo has more.

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23rd Japan-EU Summit, Tokyo, 29 May 2015 Joint Press Statement

Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, Mr. Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, and Mr. Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, met in Tokyo on 29 May 2015 for the 23rd Summit between Japan and the European Union (EU) and issued the following joint statement.

Developing our Strategic Partnership

1. As close partners, Japan and the European Union are working together to address issues of vital importance to our citizens and the world based on common values and shared principles. We are conducting joint efforts to build peace, security and stability around the globe, by reinforcing our bilateral partnership and shouldering greater responsibilities for regional and global security. We are also negotiating landmark Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA) and Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) /Free Trade Agreement (FTA) that will deepen our cooperation and enhance our common prosperity.

2. Regular and substantial high-level meetings at summit and ministerial level drive our relations. We concurred todayon an enhanced political dialogue on foreign and security policy at ministerial level. We will also intensify cooperation within the regional and inter-regional frameworks, such as the Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM) and the ASEAN Regional Forum. Japan welcomes the EU’s continued interest in greater involvement in the East Asia Summit and acknowledges the EU’s effort to promote the rule of law in the region.

3. The SPA and EPA/ FTA hold the potential to lift our relations to a new strategic level. We welcome the progress made in both negotiations and task negotiators to further accelerate both processes in parallel. With the SPA, we are establishing a legally binding foundation for the coming decades. As strategic partners we want to consolidate, deepen and extend our cooperation to all areas of mutual interest, the bilateral issues but also the global challenges. Given our combined global economic weight and international standing, we have a common interest and responsibility to show joint leadership on these issues. To consolidate our solid and evolving trade and economic partnership and pave the way for the future, we reaffirm the importance of a highly comprehensive and ambitious EPA/ FTA to be concluded as soon as possible. Such agreement will address notably issues related to market access for goods, services and investment, procurement including railways, as well as those related to non-tariff measures and the protection of geographical indications as well as intellectualproperty rights. To this end we have entrusted our negotiators with the mandate to settle the outstanding differences with a view to reaching agreement encompassing all the key issues preferably by the end of 2015.

4. We endorsed a Joint Vision today to strengthen our Strategic Partnership in Research and Innovation, an engine for growth and job creation in our two economies. We also committed to cooperate on the research and development of the 5th generation mobile telecommunications networks together.

Acting together for global peace and security

5. 2015 marks the 70th year since the end of World War II and the 40th year since the conclusion of the Helsinki Final Act. In this context, we reflected on the importance of reconciliation and regional cooperation and recognised the contributions that both Japan and the EU have made to the peace, stability and prosperity of the international community over the last 70 years. We reaffirmed our commitment to further enhancing cooperation and collaboration in this field at both global and regional levels, based on the common values of democracy, the rule of law, human rights and shared principles such as open markets and rules-based international system.

6. We welcome the expanding Japan-EU cooperation and partnership in the field of peace and security, including crisis management cooperation.The EU welcomes and supports the efforts of Japan in promoting and sustaining global security as set out in the policy of “Proactive Contribution to Peace” based on the principle of international cooperation. We reviewed the successful cooperation over the last year between Japan and the EU on missions aimed at improving the security in Niger and Mali as well as efforts regarding the Democratic Republic of Congo. We committed to explore further cooperation in Ukraine and Somalia as a next step.A joint seminar of military and government staff in 2015 in Tokyo took stock of this positive track record we are building together, helped deepen mutual understanding on our respective security policies and explored future cooperation possibilities.We will continue such consultations and welcome the upcoming consultation between Ministry of Defense of Japan and the EU this year. We also discussed the possibility of future participation of Japan in CSDP missions, bearing in mind necessary steps to this end and the specific expertise that Japan has to offer in this area.

7. We strongly condemn terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, and also condemn the recent attacks which have been carried out by terrorist groups, including ISIL/Da’esh, in the Middle East, Africa, Europe and Asia. We are working to support international cooperation to counter-terrorism, through the UN, the Global Counter-terrorism Forum, and the G7 and to implement fully the relevant UN Security Council Resolutions. We will intensify Japan-EU counter-terrorism cooperation, seeking measures to mitigate risk and strengthen border security, while protecting human rights and personal data. We reaffirm the need to utilise all available tools to fight and prevent terrorism and to coordinate capacity building efforts with third states. We also stress the importance of preventing, detecting and prosecuting terrorism financing. We are determined to fight against the phenomenon of foreign terrorist fighters, in accordance with resolution 2178 of the UN Security Council.

8. We emphasise the importance of ensuring the rule of law in global commons, namely cyber, outer space and the sea. In this context, we welcome the First Japan-EU Space Policy Dialogue and Cyber Dialogue held in October 2014 in Tokyo where stakeholders shared respective policies and identified potential ways forward. Building on this common ground, including the safety and stability of cyberspace based on free flow of information and open internet, we look forward to the next Dialogues in Brussels in 2015, whereby security aspects could be addressed. We are strongly committed to finalise negotiations on the International Code of Conduct for Outer Space Activities by the end of 2015. We welcome continuing concrete cooperation in anti-piracy activities off the coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden within the relevant International Contact Group and through operational activities between the deployed units of Japan Self-Defense Forces and the EU’s Naval Force Somalia (EUNAVFOR)-Operation ATALANTA. This includes joint exercises at sea as well as the support offered by Japan for the trial of suspected pirates currently held in the Seychelles

9. We reaffirm our determination to further cooperate on disarmament and non-proliferation in order to realise our shared goal of a world without nuclear weapons. Despite the absence of a consensus outcome at the 2015 NPT Review Conference, Japan and the EU remain committed to cooperate to maintain and strengthen the credibility of the NPT regime and sustain the trust for multilateralism. We also continue towork towards the entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty and the early commencement of negotiations on a treaty banning the production of fissile material for use in nuclear weapons or other explosive devices. We welcome the entry into force of the Arms Trade Treaty and remain committed to promoting its effective implementation and universalisation. We are committed to ensuring strict export control of arms and dual-use items and technologies, especially with regard to areas of tension.

10. Mindful of the uncertainties in the regional security environment, we condemn all violations of international law and of the principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity of states. We underline the need for all parties to seek peaceful, and cooperative solutions to maritime claims, including through internationally recognised legal dispute settlement mechanisms, and to maintain full freedom of navigation and overflight of the high seas under international law as enshrined in the United Nations Convention of the Law of the Sea. The safety of navigation is essential for peaceful and sustainable development. We urge all parties to clarify the basis of their claims based on international law, and to refrain from unilateral actions, including the threat or use of force and coercion. We continue to observe the situation in the East and South China Sea and are concerned by any unilateral actions that change the status quo and increase tensions. We support the full and effective implementation of the 2002 Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea and the rapid conclusion of the negotiations to establish an effective Code of Conduct in the South China Sea. We highlight the constructive role of practical confidence-building measures, such as the establishment of direct links of communication in cases of crisis and crisis management mechanisms in this regard.

11. We express our grave concern onthe North Korea’s continued development of nuclear and ballistic missile programmes and urge the North Korea to comply with its obligations under all the relevant UN Security Council resolutions and its commitment under the 2005 Six-Party Talks Joint Statement, to return to full compliance with the NPT and IAEA safeguards, and to take immediate steps to end human rights violations, including the abductions issue. We urge North Korea to make constructive efforts to these ends.

12. We call on all sides to fully implement their commitment under the Minsk agreements to solve the conflict in Ukraine peacefully, respecting Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. We remain determined never to recognise the illegal annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation, and will continue to support the government of Ukraine to advance its reforms, aimed at strengthening and modernising Ukraine for the benefit of its citizens. We will also continue to coordinate our policies and explore new opportunities for cooperation aimed at the modernisation of countries in the context of the EU’s Eastern Partnership, as well as in the Western Balkans and the Black Sea region.

13. We express grave concern over the deteriorating humanitarian and security situation in Syria and reaffirm that only a Syrian-led inclusive political transition, based on the Geneva communiqué and relevant UN Security Council Resolutions, can put an end to the conflict. We call on all Syrian parties to show commitment to a political process, which must be accompanied by confidence building measures. We commit to continue our support for Iraq to defeat ISIL/Da’esh. We also encourage all Iraqis to actively work for national reconciliation and to continue the path of reforms promoting more inclusive governance. In response to the deterioration of the security and humanitarian situation in Yemen, we call on all parties to commit to the restart of a comprehensive political transition process through the UN-led negotiations and without resorting to violence. We welcome the important progress in the intensive diplomatic efforts at reaching solutions on key parameters of a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on Iranian nuclear issues. We reaffirm that there is no military solution to the Libyan conflict; only a political settlement can provide a sustainable way forward. We call on the Libyan parties to do their utmost in order to find a common understanding based the proposal for a political agreement presented by UNSMIL on 27 April. We believe the Israeli-Palestinian conflict can only be solved through negotiations, the outcome of which would see the State of Israel and an independent, democratic, contiguous, sovereign and viable State of Palestine, living side by side peacefully and in mutual recognition. We would be ready to boost our respective relations with both parties, notably economically, to help them reap the full benefits of any peaceful settlement. Again this highlighted our shared conviction that international disputes and issues should be resolved peacefully and in accordance with international law. We express our concern about the continuation of settlement policy, which threatens the two State solution. We call on both parties to take the measures in order to relaunch the negotiations.

Fostering growth, prosperity and sustainable development

14. We recognise the serious and urgent challenge posed by climate change. We are resolved to play our part in concluding this December in Paris a global Agreement applicable to all Parties that is ambitious, robust, inclusive and reflects changing global circumstances putting the world on track to limiting the increase in global average temperature to below 2°C above pre-industrial levels. The Agreement must include adequate provisions on the transparency and accountability of all Parties towards their commitments. While delivering on the ultimate objective of the Convention, it must also address adaptation to climate change impacts and help mobilise climate finance on the required transformational scale including effective utilisation of Green Climate Funds. It should also spur international cooperation to help Parties deliver on their commitments. We for our part intend to strengthen our bilateral cooperation on climate and energy, notably through the SPA, and to work together ever closer in the relevant international fora.

15. We will deliver on our existing climate pledges and continue to look for further pre-2020 mitigation opportunities. Looking beyond 2020 and determined to show leadership in the global effort towards the below 2°C goal, the EU explained the timeliness and ambition of its intended nationally determined contribution to the new Agreement, and Japan affirmed that it intends to submit an ambitious contributionexpeditiously. We commend those Parties that have submitted their contributions, especially those Parties with the least responsibilities and capabilities. We call on all others, and particularly on major and emerging economies, to submit theirs expeditiously, to base them on fairness and the requirements of science and to present them in a way promoting transparency and accountability.

16. We recognise the importance of a secure, sustainable, affordable and safe supply of energy and are resolved to use various greenhouse gas emissions reduction measures to realise a low carbon and climate-friendly economy. As both Japan and the EU are critically dependent on external energy sources, we intend to strengthen our cooperation including through Japan-EU energy policy dialogue on issues that are important for securing sustainable energy supply. We welcome the joint statement of the G7 Energy Ministerial meeting in Hamburg (11-12 May 2015). We will strengthen our partnership in fusion energy research through the multilateral ITER Project and the bilateral Broader Approach Activities for the next step towards the realisation of fusion energy, as well as on fission research and development.

17. We reiterate the need for gender equality and the importance of women’s full participation in society and the economy. We will strengthen our cooperation to promote the empowerment of women and the advancement of women’s rights globally. We concur on fostering cooperation towards a society with equal opportunities for women, including through World Assembly for Women in Tokyo. The EU welcomes Japan’s focus on empowerment of women and is ready to share examples of good practice in this area. We also emphasise the importance of promoting women’s active and meaningful participation globally to achieve sustainable peace and security as well as sustainable development.

18. As leading development donors and partners, we remain fully committed to agreeing an ambitious post-2015 development agenda that will coherently address poverty eradication and sustainable development. Such an agenda must also promote peace and security, democratic governance, the rule of law, gender equality and human rights where the aspect of human security is essential and without which sustainable development cannot happen. It should end extreme poverty, building on and completing the unfinished business of the Millennium Development Goals. We will continue to strive jointly to achieve a transformative outcome at the September 2015 Summit, to which we expect all other partners – including emerging economies – to contribute their fair share. Recognising that tackling infrastructure shortfalls in the world effectively is crucial to lifting growth, we are committed to promoting quality infrastructure investment including through effective resource mobilisation in partnership with relevant stakeholders such as multilateral development banks and the private sector. Bilaterally, Japan and the EU have cooperated closely in the past on the nexus of security and sustainable development, such as through trust funds in countries like Afghanistan.Building on last year’s Japan-EU Development Policy Dialogue, we welcome progress in trilateral cooperation activities in Africa, such as Djibouti, Kenya and Zambia and we are exploring future cooperation possibilities in Africa and Asia for enhanced quality growth and human security.

19. We welcome the success of the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction. We will continue our close exchange of practices and views on this issue, including the recent earthquakes in Nepal, and reiterate the importance of incorporating disaster risk reduction measures into both development programmes and humanitarian assistance. In this context, we decided to organise an expert meeting on humanitarian assistance and emergency relief.

20. We consider that trafficking in human beings and migrant smuggling – by sea, land and air alike – are forms of crime and severe violation of human rights. We aim to combat them and to address the political and socio-economic drivers of irregular migration. We underline the responsibility of the countries of origin, transit and destination to cooperate to prevent smuggling, human trafficking and forced labour, to disrupt the involved criminal groups and to eliminate their financing opportunities. We stand ready to assist the committed countries in this endeavour.We call upon all states to promote international efforts to this end, including by promoting relevant international agreements.

21. We reaffirm our commitment to strengthen the multilateral trading system under the WTO by concluding the Doha Development Agenda (DDA), based on the principles of balance and realism. We are also committed to attain concrete outcomes of plurilateral negotiations, including the expansion of the Information Technology Agreement (ITA), Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA), and Environmental Goods Agreement (EGA), which will strengthen the multilateral trading system. We emphasise our determination to combat all forms of protectionism.

22. We have established a Strategic Partnership in Science, Technology and Innovation in order to promote growth, jobs and competitiveness and address common challenges in our societies. Recognising the expanding cooperation in this area since the last Summit, we endorsed today the Joint Vision towards a new strategic partnership in Research and Innovation between the Government of Japan and the European Commission as adopted by the 3rd EU-Japan Joint Committee on Science and Technology Cooperation. We highlighted thematic areas where we will see substantial and growing Japan-EU cooperation – ICT, aeronautics and materials including critical raw materials – as well as health, environment, energy and high-energy physics. We confirmed the importance of specific actions that will continue this positive momentum, such as establishing a new mechanism for the joint funding of research and innovation projects, and taking measures to enhance the mobility of researchers between Japan and the EU, including the new ERC-JSPS cooperation arrangement. We recognised the importance of exchanging views and coordinating where possible on Science, Technology and Innovation policies such as Open Science. We also acknowledged the positive role of the Horizon 2020 National Contact Point in Japan and the value of outreach activities to promote public understanding and engagement in our cooperation.

23. We are committed to reviewing scientifically the remaining restrictive measures for radionuclides in food and feed exportation from Japan, in particular those from Fukushima, and African Swine Fever, BSE and Avian Influenza-related measures on pork, beef and poultry products from the European Union.

24. Solid Japan-EU dialogue and cooperation across a broad range of sectors drive our Strategic Partnership along. We welcome the recent developments in the following sectors, including the successful dialogues held since the last Summit in Industry, ICT, Transport and Employment:

– The Japan-EU Industrial Policy Dialogue held in March 2015 put an emphasis on deepening regulatory cooperation involving both government and business, which was also welcomed by the Japan-EU Business Round Table. We express our great expectation for further progress in regulatory cooperation between Japan and the EU, while noting that the cooperation is also to be dealt with via the EPA/FTA negotiations.

– The Japan-EU ICT Policy Dialogue held in March 2015 reaffirmed the importance of developing and ensuring open and innovative digital economy based on multi-stakeholder model of internet governance. We welcome the signature of the EU-Japan Joint Declaration on 5th generation mobile telecommunications networks (5G) that will enhance cooperation to ensure global interoperability and strengthen collaboration on research activities.

– The Japan-EU Railway Industrial Dialogue held in December 2014 and May 2015 discussed global business opportunities in the railway sector. We recognise the value of enhanced cooperation, including on technical standards, both between the public authorities and business representatives of two of the world leading players in this sector. We are confident that the dialogue can lead to enhanced openness of our respective markets and to joint actions in the global market.

– The Japan-EU Symposium on Employment held in June 2014 deepened understanding on “Anticipating restructuring in a changing world of work” and “Managing restructuring and facing up to future challenges” among the government, worker, and employer representatives in Japan and the EU.

– The ongoing Japan-EU aviation dialogue, initiated in October 2012, will be crucial for fostering joint efforts towards a solid partnership in this field.

– Japan and EU will continue cooperation in sustainable management of forestry and sustainable use of fishery resources and in combatingillegal trade in wildlife products bilaterally or through multilateral organisations.

We also recognise the importance of active and continued contribution of the Business Round Table to further development of bilateral economic relationship, and welcome the recommendations it adopted in April 2015.

Deepening mutual understanding for future cooperation

25. We acknowledge that people-to-people and cultural exchange, and cooperation in higher education are vitally important to deepen mutual understanding, foster intellectual exchanges and engage broader public. The EU Erasmus+ programme and Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions offer new scope for EU-Japan mobility of excellent students, researchers and staff. Prime Minister Abe announced the Japan-Europe MIRAI programme to invite 150 university/ post-graduate European students to Japan within the fiscal year 2015 and the EU leaders welcomed the prospect of further partnership-building. We also recognise the importance of exchange between civil society and cultural operators on both sides, including mutual support to promote student exchanges. We welcome parliamentary exchanges, such as the fruitful 35th Japan-EU Interparliamentary Meeting held last month.

Joint press statement following the 23rd Japan-EU Summit, Tokyo, 29 May 2015

Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, Mr. Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, and Mr. Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, met in Tokyo on 29 May 2015 for the 23rd Summit between Japan and the European Union (EU) and issued the following joint statement.

Developing our Strategic Partnership

1. As close partners, Japan and the European Union are working together to address issues of vital importance to our citizens and the world based on common values and shared principles. We are conducting joint efforts to build peace, security and stability around the globe, by reinforcing our bilateral partnership and shouldering greater responsibilities for regional and global security. We are also negotiating landmark Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA) and Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) /Free Trade Agreement (FTA) that will deepen our cooperation and enhance our common prosperity.

2. Regular and substantial high-level meetings at summit and ministerial level drive our relations. We concurred today on an enhanced political dialogue on foreign and security policy at ministerial level. We will also intensify cooperation within the regional and inter-regional frameworks, such as the Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM) and the ASEAN Regional Forum. Japan welcomes the EU’s continued interest in greater involvement in the East Asia Summit and acknowledges the EU’s effort to promote the rule of law in the region.

3. The SPA and EPA/ FTA hold the potential to lift our relations to a new strategic level. We welcome the progress made in both negotiations and task negotiators to further accelerate both processes in parallel. With the SPA, we are establishing a legally binding foundation for the coming decades. As strategic partners we want to consolidate, deepen and extend our cooperation to all areas of mutual interest, the bilateral issues but also the global challenges. Given our combined global economic weight and international standing, we have a common interest and responsibility to show joint leadership on these issues. To consolidate our solid and evolving trade and economic partnership and pave the way for the future, we reaffirm the importance of a highly comprehensive and ambitious EPA/ FTA to be concluded as soon as possible. Such agreement will address notably issues related to market access for goods, services and investment, procurement including railways, as well as those related to non-tariff measures and the protection of geographical indications as well as intellectual property rights. To this end we have entrusted our negotiators with the mandate to settle the outstanding differences with a view to reaching agreement encompassing all the key issues preferably by the end of 2015.

4. We endorsed a Joint Vision today to strengthen our Strategic Partnership in Research and Innovation, an engine for growth and job creation in our two economies. We also committed to cooperate on the research and development of the 5th generation mobile telecommunications networks together.

Acting together for global peace and security

5. 2015 marks the 70th year since the end of World War II and the 40th year since the conclusion of the Helsinki Final Act. In this context, we reflected on the importance of reconciliation and regional cooperation and recognised the contributions that both Japan and the EU have made to the peace, stability and prosperity of the international community over the last 70 years. We reaffirmed our commitment to further enhancing cooperation and collaboration in this field at both global and regional levels, based on the common values of democracy, the rule of law, human rights and shared principles such as open markets and rules-based international system.

6. We welcome the expanding Japan-EU cooperation and partnership in the field of peace and security, including crisis management cooperation. The EU welcomes and supports the efforts of Japan in promoting and sustaining global security as set out in the policy of “Proactive Contribution to Peace” based on the principle of international cooperation. We reviewed the successful cooperation over the last year between Japan and the EU on missions aimed at improving the security in Niger and Mali as well as efforts regarding the Democratic Republic of Congo. We committed to explore further cooperation in Ukraine and Somalia as a next step. A joint seminar of military and government staff in 2015 in Tokyo took stock of this positive track record we are building together, helped deepen mutual understanding on our respective security policies and explored future cooperation possibilities. We will continue such consultations and welcome the upcoming consultation between Ministry of Defense of Japan and the EU this year. We also discussed the possibility of future participation of Japan in CSDP missions, bearing in mind necessary steps to this end and the specific expertise that Japan has to offer in this area.

7. We strongly condemn terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, and also condemn the recent attacks which have been carried out by terrorist groups, including ISIL/Da’esh, in the Middle East, Africa, Europe and Asia. We are working to support international cooperation to counter-terrorism, through the UN, the Global Counter-terrorism Forum, and the G7 and to implement fully the relevant UN Security Council Resolutions. We will intensify Japan-EU counter-terrorism cooperation, seeking measures to mitigate risk and strengthen border security, while protecting human rights and personal data. We reaffirm the need to utilise all available tools to fight and prevent terrorism and to coordinate capacity building efforts with third states. We also stress the importance of preventing, detecting and prosecuting terrorism financing. We are determined to fight against the phenomenon of foreign terrorist fighters, in accordance with resolution 2178 of the UN Security Council.

8. We emphasise the importance of ensuring the rule of law in global commons, namely cyber, outer space and the sea. In this context, we welcome the First Japan-EU Space Policy Dialogue and Cyber Dialogue held in October 2014 in Tokyo where stakeholders shared respective policies and identified potential ways forward. Building on this common ground, including the safety and stability of cyberspace based on free flow of information and open internet, we look forward to the next Dialogues in Brussels in 2015, whereby security aspects could be addressed. We are strongly committed to finalise negotiations on the International Code of Conduct for Outer Space Activities by the end of 2015. We welcome continuing concrete cooperation in anti-piracy activities off the coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden within the relevant International Contact Group and through operational activities between the deployed units of Japan Self-Defense Forces and the EU’s Naval Force Somalia (EUNAVFOR)-Operation ATALANTA. This includes joint exercises at sea as well as the support offered by Japan for the trial of suspected pirates currently held in the Seychelles

9. We reaffirm our determination to further cooperate on disarmament and non-proliferation in order to realise our shared goal of a world without nuclear weapons. Despite the absence of a consensus outcome at the 2015 NPT Review Conference, Japan and the EU remain committed to cooperate to maintain and strengthen the credibility of the NPT regime and sustain the trust for multilateralism. We also continue to work towards the entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty and the early commencement of negotiations on a treaty banning the production of fissile material for use in nuclear weapons or other explosive devices. We welcome the entry into force of the Arms Trade Treaty and remain committed to promoting its effective implementation and universalisation. We are committed to ensuring strict export control of arms and dual-use items and technologies, especially with regard to areas of tension.

10. Mindful of the uncertainties in the regional security environment, we condemn all violations of international law and of the principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity of states. We underline the need for all parties to seek peaceful, and cooperative solutions to maritime claims, including through internationally recognised legal dispute settlement mechanisms, and to maintain full freedom of navigation and overflight of the high seas under international law as enshrined in the United Nations Convention of the Law of the Sea. The safety of navigation is essential for peaceful and sustainable development. We urge all parties to clarify the basis of their claims based on international law, and to refrain from unilateral actions, including the threat or use of force and coercion. We continue to observe the situation in the East and South China Sea and are concerned by any unilateral actions that change the status quo and increase tensions. We support the full and effective implementation of the 2002 Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea and the rapid conclusion of the negotiations to establish an effective Code of Conduct in the South China Sea. We highlight the constructive role of practical confidence-building measures, such as the establishment of direct links of communication in cases of crisis and crisis management mechanisms in this regard.

11. We express our grave concern on the North Korea‘s continued development of nuclear and ballistic missile programmes and urge the North Korea to comply with its obligations under all the relevant UN Security Council resolutions and its commitment under the 2005 Six-Party Talks Joint Statement, to return to full compliance with the NPT and IAEA safeguards, and to take immediate steps to end human rights violations, including the abductions issue. We urge North Korea to make constructive efforts to these ends.

12. We call on all sides to fully implement their commitment under the Minsk agreements to solve the conflict in Ukraine peacefully, respecting Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. We remain determined never to recognise the illegal annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation, and will continue to support the government of Ukraine to advance its reforms, aimed at strengthening and modernising Ukraine for the benefit of its citizens. We will also continue to coordinate our policies and explore new opportunities for cooperation aimed at the modernisation of countries in the context of the EU’s Eastern Partnership, as well as in the Western Balkans and the Black Sea region.

13. We express grave concern over the deteriorating humanitarian and security situation in Syria and reaffirm that only a Syrian-led inclusive political transition, based on the Geneva communiqué and relevant UN Security Council Resolutions, can put an end to the conflict. We call on all Syrian parties to show commitment to a political process, which must be accompanied by confidence building measures. We commit to continue our support for Iraq to defeat ISIL/Da’esh. We also encourage all Iraqis to actively work for national reconciliation and to continue the path of reforms promoting more inclusive governance. In response to the deterioration of the security and humanitarian situation in Yemen, we call on all parties to commit to the restart of a comprehensive political transition process through the UN-led negotiations and without resorting to violence. We welcome the important progress in the intensive diplomatic efforts at reaching solutions on key parameters of a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on Iranian nuclear issues. We reaffirm that there is no military solution to the Libyan conflict; only a political settlement can provide a sustainable way forward. We call on the Libyan parties to do their utmost in order to find a common understanding based the proposal for a political agreement presented by UNSMIL on 27 April. We believe the Israeli-Palestinian conflict can only be solved through negotiations, the outcome of which would see the State of Israel and an independent, democratic, contiguous, sovereign and viable State of Palestine, living side by side peacefully and in mutual recognition. We would be ready to boost our respective relations with both parties, notably economically, to help them reap the full benefits of any peaceful settlement. Again this highlighted our shared conviction that international disputes and issues should be resolved peacefully and in accordance with international law. We express our concern about the continuation of settlement policy, which threatens the two State solution. We call on both parties to take the measures in order to relaunch the negotiations.

Fostering growth, prosperity and sustainable development

14. We recognise the serious and urgent challenge posed by climate change. We are resolved to play our part in concluding this December in Paris a global Agreement applicable to all Parties that is ambitious, robust, inclusive and reflects changing global circumstances putting the world on track to limiting the increase in global average temperature to below 2°C above pre-industrial levels. The Agreement must include adequate provisions on the transparency and accountability of all Parties towards their commitments. While delivering on the ultimate objective of the Convention, it must also address adaptation to climate change impacts and help mobilise climate finance on the required transformational scale including effective utilisation of Green Climate Funds. It should also spur international cooperation to help Parties deliver on their commitments. We for our part intend to strengthen our bilateral cooperation on climate and energy, notably through the SPA, and to work together ever closer in the relevant international fora.

15. We will deliver on our existing climate pledges and continue to look for further pre-2020 mitigation opportunities. Looking beyond 2020 and determined to show leadership in the global effort towards the below 2°C goal, the EU explained the timeliness and ambition of its intended nationally determined contribution to the new Agreement, and Japan affirmed that it intends to submit an ambitious contribution expeditiously. We commend those Parties that have submitted their contributions, especially those Parties with the least responsibilities and capabilities. We call on all others, and particularly on major and emerging economies, to submit theirs expeditiously, to base them on fairness and the requirements of science and to present them in a way promoting transparency and accountability.

16. We recognise the importance of a secure, sustainable, affordable and safe supply of energy and are resolved to use various greenhouse gas emissions reduction measures to realise a low carbon and climate-friendly economy. As both Japan and the EU are critically dependent on external energy sources, we intend to strengthen our cooperation including through Japan-EU energy policy dialogue on issues that are important for securing sustainable energy supply. We welcome the joint statement of the G7 Energy Ministerial meeting in Hamburg (11-12 May 2015). We will strengthen our partnership in fusion energy research through the multilateral ITER Project and the bilateral Broader Approach Activities for the next step towards the realisation of fusion energy, as well as on fission research and development.

17. We reiterate the need for gender equality and the importance of women’s full participation in society and the economy. We will strengthen our cooperation to promote the empowerment of women and the advancement of women’s rights globally. We concur on fostering cooperation towards a society with equal opportunities for women, including through World Assembly for Women in Tokyo. The EU welcomes Japan’s focus on empowerment of women and is ready to share examples of good practice in this area. We also emphasise the importance of promoting women’s active and meaningful participation globally to achieve sustainable peace and security as well as sustainable development.

18. As leading development donors and partners, we remain fully committed to agreeing an ambitious post-2015 development agenda that will coherently address poverty eradication and sustainable development. Such an agenda must also promote peace and security, democratic governance, the rule of law, gender equality and human rights where the aspect of human security is essential and without which sustainable development cannot happen. It should end extreme poverty, building on and completing the unfinished business of the Millennium Development Goals. We will continue to strive jointly to achieve a transformative outcome at the September 2015 Summit, to which we expect all other partners – including emerging economies – to contribute their fair share. Recognising that tackling infrastructure shortfalls in the world effectively is crucial to lifting growth, we are committed to promoting quality infrastructure investment including through effective resource mobilisation in partnership with relevant stakeholders such as multilateral development banks and the private sector. Bilaterally, Japan and the EU have cooperated closely in the past on the nexus of security and sustainable development, such as through trust funds in countries like Afghanistan. Building on last year’s Japan-EU Development Policy Dialogue, we welcome progress in trilateral cooperation activities in Africa, such as Djibouti, Kenya and Zambia and we are exploring future cooperation possibilities in Africa and Asia for enhanced quality growth and human security.

19. We welcome the success of the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction. We will continue our close exchange of practices and views on this issue, including the recent earthquakes in Nepal, and reiterate the importance of incorporating disaster risk reduction measures into both development programmes and humanitarian assistance. In this context, we decided to organise an expert meeting on humanitarian assistance and emergency relief.

20. We consider that trafficking in human beings and migrant smuggling – by sea, land and air alike – are forms of crime and severe violation of human rights. We aim to combat them and to address the political and socio-economic drivers of irregular migration. We underline the responsibility of the countries of origin, transit and destination to cooperate to prevent smuggling, human trafficking and forced labour, to disrupt the involved criminal groups and to eliminate their financing opportunities. We stand ready to assist the committed countries in this endeavour. We call upon all states to promote international efforts to this end, including by promoting relevant international agreements.

21. We reaffirm our commitment to strengthen the multilateral trading system under the WTO by concluding the Doha Development Agenda (DDA), based on the principles of balance and realism. We are also committed to attain concrete outcomes of plurilateral negotiations, including the expansion of the Information Technology Agreement (ITA), Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA), and Environmental Goods Agreement (EGA), which will strengthen the multilateral trading system. We emphasise our determination to combat all forms of protectionism.

22. We have established a Strategic Partnership in Science, Technology and Innovation in order to promote growth, jobs and competitiveness and address common challenges in our societies. Recognising the expanding cooperation in this area since the last Summit, we endorsed today the Joint Vision towards a new strategic partnership in Research and Innovation between the Government of Japan and the European Commission as adopted by the 3rd EU-Japan Joint Committee on Science and Technology Cooperation. We highlighted thematic areas where we will see substantial and growing Japan-EU cooperation – ICT, aeronautics and materials including critical raw materials – as well as health, environment, energy and high-energy physics. We confirmed the importance of specific actions that will continue this positive momentum, such as establishing a new mechanism for the joint funding of research and innovation projects, and taking measures to enhance the mobility of researchers between Japan and the EU, including the new ERC-JSPS cooperation arrangement. We recognised the importance of exchanging views and coordinating where possible on Science, Technology and Innovation policies such as Open Science. We also acknowledged the positive role of the Horizon 2020 National Contact Point in Japan and the value of outreach activities to promote public understanding and engagement in our cooperation.

23. We are committed to reviewing scientifically the remaining restrictive measures for radionuclides in food and feed exportation from Japan, in particular those from Fukushima, and African Swine Fever, BSE and Avian Influenza-related measures on pork, beef and poultry products from the European Union.

24. Solid Japan-EU dialogue and cooperation across a broad range of sectors drive our Strategic Partnership along. We welcome the recent developments in the following sectors, including the successful dialogues held since the last Summit in Industry, ICT, Transport and Employment:

– The Japan-EU Industrial Policy Dialogue held in March 2015 put an emphasis on deepening regulatory cooperation involving both government and business, which was also welcomed by the Japan-EU Business Round Table. We express our great expectation for further progress in regulatory cooperation between Japan and the EU, while noting that the cooperation is also to be dealt with via the EPA/FTA negotiations.

– The Japan-EU ICT Policy Dialogue held in March 2015 reaffirmed the importance of developing and ensuring open and innovative digital economy based on multi-stakeholder model of internet governance. We welcome the signature of the EU-Japan Joint Declaration on 5th generation mobile telecommunications networks (5G) that will enhance cooperation to ensure global interoperability and strengthen collaboration on research activities.

– The Japan-EU Railway Industrial Dialogue held in December 2014 and May 2015 discussed global business opportunities in the railway sector. We recognise the value of enhanced cooperation, including on technical standards, both between the public authorities and business representatives of two of the world leading players in this sector. We are confident that the dialogue can lead to enhanced openness of our respective markets and to joint actions in the global market.

– The Japan-EU Symposium on Employment held in June 2014 deepened understanding on “Anticipating restructuring in a changing world of work” and “Managing restructuring and facing up to future challenges” among the government, worker, and employer representatives in Japan and the EU.

– The ongoing Japan-EU aviation dialogue, initiated in October 2012, will be crucial for fostering joint efforts towards a solid partnership in this field.

– Japan and EU will continue cooperation in sustainable management of forestry and sustainable use of fishery resources and in combating illegal trade in wildlife products bilaterally or through multilateral organisations.

We also recognise the importance of active and continued contribution of the Business Round Table to further development of bilateral economic relationship, and welcome the recommendations it adopted in April 2015.

Deepening mutual understanding for future cooperation

25. We acknowledge that people-to-people and cultural exchange, and cooperation in higher education are vitally important to deepen mutual understanding, foster intellectual exchanges and engage broader public. The EU Erasmus+ programme and Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions offer new scope for EU-Japan mobility of excellent students, researchers and staff. Prime Minister Abe announced the Japan-Europe MIRAI programme to invite 150 university/ post-graduate European students to Japan within the fiscal year 2015 and the EU leaders welcomed the prospect of further partnership-building. We also recognise the importance of exchange between civil society and cultural operators on both sides, including mutual support to promote student exchanges. We welcome parliamentary exchanges, such as the fruitful 35th Japan-EU Interparliamentary Meeting held last month.

CALENDRIER du 1 au 7 juin 2015

(Susceptible de modifications en cours de semaine)

Déplacements et visites

Lundi 1 juin

Informal Agrifish Council (01-02/06), Riga.

President Jean-Claude Juncker meets with the Heads of the Commission Representations, in Luxembourg.

President Jean-Claude Juncker meets with leaders of the European Roundtable of Industrialists, together with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President François Hollande, in Berlin.

M. Frans Timmermans reçoit M. Yvan Biefnot, Président de l’Association Européenne de la Pensée Libre.

Mr Frans Timmermans receives Ms Dunja Mijatovice, OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media.

Mr Frans Timmermans receives Mr Hans de Boer, Chairman of VNO-NCW, and Mr Winand Quaedvlieg, Brusels Office Delegate of VNO-NCW.

Ms Kristalina Georgieva receives Ms Anne-Marie Leroy, World Bank Senior Vice-President.

Mr Andrus Ansip delivers a keynote speech at the European Digital Forum hosted by the Lisbon Council, in Brussels.

Mr Maroš Šefčovič is on an Energy Union Tour in Riga, Latvia: meets with Ms Laimdota Straujuma, Prime Minister of the Republic of Latvia; meets with Mr Nils Ušakovs, Chairman of the Riga City Council; meets with Ms Dana Reizniece Ozola, Minister of Economics of the Republic of Latvia; participates in the Citizens Dialogue at the Riga Technical University; exchanges views with the Conference of Parliamentary Committees for Union Affairs (COSAC) on “European Union Energy Policy: State of Play, Challenges and Opportunities”.

Mr Valdis Dombrovskis receives Mr Alain Berset, Swiss Federal Councillor.

Mr Jyrki Katainen takes the Investment Plan roadshow to Latvia: meets with government, private sector and citizens; visits an electronics enterprise which has benefitted from EU funding; hosts a Citizens’ Dialogue entitled Investment Plan for Europe: Financing and Benefits for Real Economy.

Ms Cecilia Malmström in Riga: delivers a speech at the Conference of European Community Affairs Committees (COSAC) meeting.

Mr Neven Mimica receives Mr Philippe Le Houérou, Vice-President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). 

Mr Miguel Arias Cañete in Berlin: gives a keynote speech at the Eurelectric Annual Convention; gives a keynote speech at the conference on “The Consumer Powered Energy Transition”.

Mr Miguel Arias Cañete meets the Norwegian Parliament and participates in the EU-Norway Energy Ministerial Dialogue, in Oslo.

Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis participates at a conference on endocrine disruptors, in Brussels.

Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis receives Mr Alain Berset, Swiss Federal Councillor and Head of the Federal Department of Home Affairs.

Mr Dimitris Avramopoulos is in Moritzburg, Germany, for the G6 of Interior Ministers.

M. Pierre Moscovici participe à un débat au Comité économique et social européen (CESE) “Avancer vers des solutions nouvelles pour les ressources propres de l’UE”, à Bruxelles.

M. Pierre Moscovici rencontre M. Joost Van Iersel, Président de la section spécialisée «Union économique et monétaire, cohésion économique et sociale» du CESE, et M. Carmelo Cedrone, Vice-président de la section, à Bruxelles.

M. Pierre Moscovici reçoit M. le Conseiller fédéral suisse Alain Berset, Chef du Département fédéral de l’intérieur.

Mr Christos Stylianides in New York: meets with Mr Tony Lake, Executive Director of UNICEF; meets with Mr Jan Eliasson, UN Deputy Secretary-General; meets with Mr Stephen O’Brien, UN Under-Secretary-General and Emergency Response Coordinator; meets with Mr Jemilah Mahmood, Head of the World Humanitarian Summit Secretariat.

Mr Phil Hogan in Riga for the Informal Council.

Ms Vĕra Jourová speaks at the European Consumer Summit, in Brussels.

Mr Tibor Navracsics is in Lausanne, Switzerland: meets with Mr Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee and Mr Michel Platini, President of the Union of European Football Associations – UEFA.

Ms Margrethe Vestager participates in the inauguration of Copenhagen EU Office and Creo.DK’s office, in Brussels.

Mr Carlos Moedas is in Washington, USA: attends a meeting and delivers a speech on “EU Approach to Science Diplomacy” at the European Institute; meets with Mr Ernest Moniz, US Secretary of Energy, Mr France Cordova, Director of the National Science Foundation, Mr John Holdren, Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy.

 

Mardi 2 juin

EU-US Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial meeting, in Riga (02-03/06). Ms Vĕra Jourová attends.

President Jean-Claude Juncker receives Mr Felipe Gonzalez Marquez, former Prime Minister of Spain.

Mr Frans Timmermans hosts the Annual High Level Meeting of Philosophical and Non-Confessional Organisations.

Mr Frans Timmermans receives Ms Louma Albik, President of SB Overseas.

Ms Federica Mogherini participates in the Second Ministerial Meeting of the Small Group of the Global Coalition to counter Dae’sh, in Paris.

Ms Kristalina Georgieva takes part in the meeting of the High Level Group on Own Resources, in Brussels.

Mr Andrus Ansip receives Mr Reinhard Zinkann, President of European Committee of Domestic Equipment Manufacturers (CECED).

Mr Maroš Šefčovič gives a keynote speech at Cities Forum 2015 “An urban agenda for Europe”, in Brussels.

Mr Maroš Šefčovič receives Mr Jean-Pol Poncelet, Director-General of Foratom.

Mr Maroš Šefčovič meets with Mr John Abbott, Shell Executive Director for Europe, in Brussels.

Mr Maroš Šefčovič gives a speech at the Politico event “Driving the energy transition: what role for the carbon price?”, in Brussels.

Mr Jyrki Katainen takes the Investment Plan roadshow to Estonia: meets with government, private sector, National Parliament and citizens; visits Skype Technologies OÜ and meets with its CEO, Mr Andrus Järg; participates in a public debate entitled European economy today with Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas.

Mr Günther Oettinger meets with the Schleswig-Holstein state government, in Brussels.

Mr Johannes Hahn visits the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

Ms Cecilia Malmström in Berlin: participates in a panel discussion at the Dialogforum II on TTIP; meets with Mr Michael Froman, US Trade Representative, and Mr Sigmar Gabriel, Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy and Vice Chancellor of Germany.

Mr Neven Mimica in Portugal: participates in a public event on Financing for Development in Lisbon; meets with Mr Luís Campos Ferreira, Secretary of State of Portugal.

Mr Miguel Arias Cañete visits a Hydro Power plant in Bergen, Norway.

Mr Karmenu Vella receives Mr Robert Habeck, Minister of the German Bundesland Schleswig Holstein, for Energy Transition, Environment, Agriculture and Rural Districts.

Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis receives Mr Chris Fearne, Maltese Parliamentary Secretary for Health.

Ms Marianne Thyssen delivers a speech at “Alliance for Youth” employment initiative at the European Parliament, in Brussels.

Ms Marianne Thyssen receives Mr Nicolas Schmit, Luxembourg Minister for Employment.  

M. Pierre Moscovici rencontre M. François Hollande, Président de la République française, à Paris.

Mr Christos Stylianides represents the European Commission at the high-level commemorative conference on the occasion of the 65th anniversary event of UNRWA (the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East), in Brussels.

Mr Phil Hogan in Riga for the Informal Agrifish Council.

Mr Jonathan Hill receives Mr Lars Rohde, Governor of the Danish Central Bank.

Mr Jonathan Hill receives Mr Thomas Leysen, Chairman of KBC Board and Mr Johan Thijs, CEO of KBC Group.

Mr Jonathan Hill participates in the European Private Equity and Venture Capital conference, in Brussels.

Mr Jonathan Hill receives Mr Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland.

Ms Elżbieta Bieńkowska receives representatives of United Technologies Corporation: Mr Philippe Delpech, Chief Operating Officer, Intercontinental Operations for UTC Building and Industrial Systems, and Mr Thomas Reynaert, President of United technologies international operations Europe.

Mr Tibor Navracsics receives Ms Bernadette Ségol, Secretary General of the European Trade Union Confederation.

Mr Tibor Navracsics delivers a speech at the launch event of the sport week communication campaign, in Berlaymont.

M. Tibor Navracsics reçoit Mgr Alain Paul Lebeaupin, Nonce apostolique auprès de l’Union Européenne à Bruxelles.

Ms Corina Creţu participates in the European CITIES Forum, in Brussels.

Ms Margrethe Vestager receives Ms Catherine A. Novelli, US Under Secretary of State.

Mr Carlos Moedas is in Boston, USA: attends a meeting and visits Sanofi-Genzyme, takes part in a working lunch with Boston BIO Centre and visits the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) SENSEable City Lab.

 

Mercredi 3 juin

College meeting

EU-US Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial meeting, in Riga (02-03/06). Mr Dimitris Avramopoulos attends.

OECD Ministerial Council Meeting, in Paris (03-04/06). Mr Miguel Arias Cañete and Mr Pierre Moscovici attend.

President Jean-Claude Juncker participates in the Opening Ceremony of the European Development Days (EDDs), in Brussels. Ms Cecilia Malmström delivers a speech. Mr Neven Mimica also attends and holds a bilateral meeting with Ms Melinda Gates, Gates Foundation.

Mr Frans Timmermans gives the opening address at European Green Week, in Brussels.

Mr Frans Timmermans receives Mr Paolo Gentiloni, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Italy.

Mr Frans Timmermans receives Mr Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme.

Ms Federica Mogherini receives Ms Melinda Gates, co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Ms Federica Mogherini receives Mr Romain Schneider, Minister for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs of Luxembourg.

Ms Kristalina Georgieva receives Mr Kalin A. Anev Janse, Member of the Management Board of the European Stability Mechanism.

Ms Kristalina Georgieva receives Mr Anthony Lake, Executive Director of UNICEF.

Mr Maroš Šefčovič participates at the roundtable on “The Role of Digital Technologies in our Energy Future”, organised by The German Marshall Fund of the United States, in Brussels.

Mr Jyrki Katainen receives Mr Nicholas Dufourcq, CEO of BPI France.

Mr Jyrki Katainen receives Mr Andrew Robb, Minister for Trade and Investment for Australia.

Mr Johannes Hahn receives Mr Espen Barth Eide, United Nations Special Adviser on Cyprus.

Ms Cecilia Malmström delivers a speech at a stakeholder event on Green Goods Negotiations, at the Charlemagne building, in Brussels.

Mr Karmenu Vella attends the opening of the Green Week at The EGG Congress and Meeting Centre, in Brussels.

Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis receives Mr Alexander Kvitashvili, Minister of Health of Ukraine.

M. Pierre Moscovici est auditionné par les commissions des affaires européennes, des affaires étrangères et des finances de l’Assemblée nationale française, à Paris.

Mr Christos Stylianides receives Mr Alexander Kvitashvili, Minister of Health of Ukraine.

Mr Christos Stylianides receives a delegation of Syrian women-activists, brought to the European Commission by the Swedish Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation.

Mr Christos Stylianides attends the opening of the “Family Meal” exhibition, organised jointly by the European Commission and the World Food Programme and hosted by the European Parliament, in Brussels.

Mr Phil Hogan delivers a speech on “Our Future: Feeding the Planet Together” at EU Development Days event, at Tour-et-Taxi in Brussels.

Mr Jonathan Hill in Frankfurt, Germany: delivers a keynote speech at the 3rd Joint European Supervisory Authorities’ Consumer Protection Day.

Mr Jonathan Hill in the Netherlands (03-04/06): meets the Federation of Dutch Pension Funds; has a working dinner with representatives of the Dutch Bankers’ Association (NVB).

Ms Elżbieta Bieńkowska attends the event “Europe on Stage”, organised in honour of the 10th anniversary of the UNESCO Convention on Cultural Diversity, at BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts, in Brussels .

Ms Vĕra Jourová in Riga: meets with Ms Loretta Lynch, Attorney General of the United States.

Mr Tibor Navracsics receives Mr Alberto Bichi, Secretary General of the Federation of the European Sporting Goods Industry (FESI).

Mr Tibor Navracsics delivers a speech at the Forum on the rights of the child, in Brussels.

Mr Tibor Navracsics receives Mr Jeremy Darroch, CEO of SKY Plc.

Ms Corina Creţu receives Mr Ioan Rus, Romanian Minister for Transport.

Mr Carlos Moedas is in Boston, USA: meets with Ms Ellen Faran, Director of MIT Press and Mr Gigi Hirsch, Executive Director of the MIT Centre for Biomedical Innovation and Programme Director of NEWDIGS.

 

Jeudi 4 juin

OECD Ministerial Council Meeting, in Paris (03-04/06). Ms Cecilia Malmström andMr Miguel Arias Cañete attend.

President Jean-Claude Juncker addresses the June plenary session of the Committee of the Regions, in Brussels.

President Jean-Claude Juncker gives a keynote address at the EPSC Conference “Charting a Course for Better Economic Policy in the EU”, in Brussels.

President Jean-Claude Juncker receives Mr Tshering Tobgay, Prime Minister of Bhutan.

Mr Frans Timmermans is in Bulgaria and Romania: meets with Mr Rosen Plevneliev, President of the Republic of Bulgaria, Mr Boyko Borissov, Prime Minister of the Republic of Bulgaria, Ms Rumyana Bacharova, Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Bulgaria and Mr Hristo Ivanov, Minister of Justice of the Republic of Bulgaria; participates in a Cross-border Citizens’ Dialogue on the Future of Europe, at Ruse University, Bulgaria, with the President of the Republic of Bulgaria, Mr Rosen Plevneliev, and Mr Robert Cazanciuc, Minister of Justice of Romania; meets with Mr Victor Ponta, Prime Minister of Romania.

Ms Federica Mogherini is granted an audience with His Majesty King Philippe, King of Belgians, in Brussels.

Ms Federica Mogherini receives Mr Salim Abdullah al-Jabouri, speaker of the Iraqi Parliament.

Ms Federica Mogherini receives Mr Nasser Judeh, Jordan Foreign Minister.

Ms Kristalina Georgieva and Mr Miguel Arias Cañete take part in the EU-CELAC Parliamentary Assembly, in Brussels.

Mme Kristalina Georgieva reçoit Mgr Alain Paul Lebeaupin, nonce apostolique auprès de l’Union européenne.

Ms Kristalina Georgieva receives Ms Bernadette Ulens and Ms Walthera Hudig, President and Vice-President of Femmes d’Europe.

Mr Andrus Ansip in Helsinki: participates in the Joint European Central Bank – Suomen Pankki conference on “Getting the balance right: innovation, trust and regulation in retail payments”; meets with Mr Lauri Kivinen, CEO Finnish National Broadcasting Company; meets with members of the Grand Committee of the Finnish Parliament .

Mr Maroš Šefčovič in Bratislava, Slovakia (04-05/06). On 04/06: participates under his auspices in the high level conference on the Global Challenges of the EU; attends the yearly congress of AIACE; delivers a speech at the conference “Energy Efficiency in the Energy Union Concept” at the European Information Centre.

Mr Valdis Dombrovskis is on a European Semester country visit to Hungary.

Mr Günther Oettinger in Bratislava, Slovakia: delivers a keynote speech at the Startup Factory Day organised by the startup incubator Connect under the auspices of the Slovak Ministry of Finance; attends a working lunch at the National Parliament of the Slovak Republic under the auspices of the Chairman of the National Parliament and the Digital Champion of Slovakia, Mr. Peter Pellegrini; delivers an opening address at a conference on “Global Challenges of the EU”, organised by the American Chamber of Commerce; meets with the State Secretary of the Slovak Ministry of Finance, Mr. Radko Kuruc, responsible for the agenda of digital economy and the Single Digital Market in Slovakia, State Secretary of the Slovak Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, Mr. Peter Javorčík, and the Director of the Department of Financial Strategy for Supporting Economic Growth at the Slovak Ministry of Finance, Ms. Zuzana Nehajová.

Mr Johannes Hahn in Washington (04-05/06) for meetings with International Financial Institutions, bilateral meetings with U.S. representatives and key note speech at the Atlantic Council: ‘Eastern Partnership – a way forward after Riga’.

Mr Neven Mimica attends the European Development Days (EDDs), in Brussels. 

Mr Neven Mimica signs the Regional Indicative Programme (RIP) for Eastern and Southern Africa.

Mr Neven Mimica receives Mr Tshering Togbay, Prime Minister of Bhutan. 

Mr Miguel Arias Cañete in Paris: meets with Mr Antoni Peris, President of Sedigas.

Mr Miguel Arias Cañete receives Mr Carlo Malacarne, CEO of SNAM Rete Gas.

Mr Karmenu Vella in Lisbon; attends the World Ocean Summit; meets with Ms Catherine Novelli, US Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment; meets with Mr José María Figueres, Global Ocean Commission Co-chair.

Mr Dimitris Avramopoulos is in Lisbon for the Launch of the European Drug Report at the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA).

Ms Marianne Thyssen gives a speech at a high-level conference on “A Social Agenda for Transport”, in Brussels. 

Mr Pierre Moscovici gives a keynote address in the conference organized by the European Political Strategy Centre “Charting a Course for Better Economic Policy in the EU”, in Brussels.

Mr Pierre Moscovici receives Mr Luca Maestri, senior vice president and Chief Financial Officer of Apple and Mr Phil Bullock, Head of Tax Operations.

M. Pierre Moscovici reçoit une délégation de Sénateurs français membres de la commission des finances.

M. Pierre Moscovici donne une conférence à l’Ecole d’Economie de Paris “Dettes souveraines et croissance en Europe”, à Paris.

Mr Christos Stylianides attends the UN appeal for Iraq event, co-organised by the European Commission and the United Nations and hosted by the European Parliament, in Brussels.

Mr Christos Stylianides receives Mr Tshering Tobgay, Prime Minister of Bhutan.

Mr Phil Hogan at EXPO in Milan to participate in the Ministerial Conference (04-05/06).

Mr Jonathan Hill in the Netherlands (03-04/06): meets with Mr Klaas Knot, President of the Dutch Central Bank; meets with the Board of the Dutch Financial Markets Supervisory Authority; has a working lunch with the Dutch Finance Minister, Mr Jeroen Dijsselbloem; delivers a keynote speech at the International Capital Markets Association’s annual general meeting and conference, in Amsterdam; meets with CEOs of Dutch crowdfunding industry.

Ms Elżbieta Bieńkowska delivers a speech at the opening of the European Fashion Summit MADIFESTO, in Brussels.

Ms Vĕra Jourová in The Hague: speaks at the European Network of Councils of the Judiciary 2015 General Assembly; meets with Ms Jet Bussemaker, Minister of Education, Culture and Science; meets with Mr Ard van der Steur, Minister of Security and Justice; meets with Ms Anouchka van Miltenburg, Speaker of the House of Representatives; meets with the Justice and Security Committee.

Mr Tibor Navracsics is in Budapest: participates in the EPP Congress Group Bureau Meeting; takes part in a panel discussion on the role of Education to tackle youth unemployment.

Ms Corina Creţu receives Mr Graziano Delrio, Italian Minister for Transport.

Ms Margrethe Vestager receives the Board of Directors of the Danish Regional Banks Association.

Ms Margrethe Vestager in Denmark (04-05/06). On 04/06: participates in the event organised by the Government and the Parliament of Denmark to celebrate the 100th year for women’s right to vote and the 1915 Constitutional Act of Denmark.

Mr Carlos Moedas meets with Mr Katryn Sullivan, Undersecretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere (NOAA), in Lisbon.

 

Vendredi 5 juin

President Jean-Claude Juncker participates in the opening of the European Construction Industry Federation Congress, in Brussels.

Mr Frans Timmermans in Romania: meets with Mr Klaus Iohannis, President of Romania, Mr Robert Cazanciuc, Minister of Justice of Romania, and representatives of the Romanian judicial authorities.

Mr Andrus Ansip participates in the ECB-Suomen Pankki conference, in Helsinki; meets with Mr Hanno Pevkur, Minister of Interior, in Tallin.

Mr Maroš Šefčovič in Bratislava, Slovakia (04-05/06). On 05/06 gives a keynote speech at the conference on “Strategic priorities of the EU in 2015” organised by the Foreign Ministry of the Slovak Republic.

Mr Valdis Dombrovskis is on a European Semester country visit to Slovenia.

Mr Johannes Hahn in Washington (04-05/06) for meetings with International Financial Institutions, bilateral meetings with U.S. representatives and key note speech at the Atlantic Council: ‘Eastern Partnership – a way forward after Riga’.

Ms Cecilia Malmström in Prague: participates in a Citizens’ Dialogue on TTIP; meets with the Committee on European Affairs and the Economic Committee of the Chamber of Deputies of the Senate; meets with Mr Jan Mládek, Czech Minister of Industry and Trade; meets with stakeholders – representatives of tripartite negotiations, Ombudsman, consumers associations; meets with Mr Lubomír Zaorálek, Czech Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Mr Neven Mimica receives Mr Kunio Mikuriya, Secretary General of the Eastern and Southern Africa regional organizations. 

Mr Neven Mimica receives Mr Mark Dybul, Executive Director of the Global Fund against TB, Aids and Malaria (GFATM) .

Mr Neven Mimica receives Ms Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO.

Mr Neven Mimica attends a high level seminar on “The inclusion of culture in development programmes in the framework of the UNESCO/EU Expert Facility Project: Opportunities and challenges for the diversity of cultural expressions”, in Brussels.

Mr Miguel Arias Cañete in Madrid: meets with Mr José Antonio Alvarez, CEO of Banco Santander, and Mr Jose Manuel Cendoya, Executive Vice President of Communication, Corporate Marketing and Research at Banco de Santander.

Mr Karmenu Vella in Lisbon: attends Blue Week Ministerial Meeting; meets with Mr Indroyono Soesilo, Indonesian Minister for Maritime Affairs.

Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis meets with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, in Brussels.

Ms Vĕra Jourová in The Netherlands. In The Hague, Ms Jourová speaks at the Consultative Forum of Prosecutors General; meets with Ms Michèle Coninsx, President of Eurojust, meets with national members of Eurojust; meets with Mr Ola Löfgren, Secretary to the European Judicial Network. In Rotterdam, Ms Jourová visits penitentiary institution Rotterdam.

Mr Tibor Navracsics is in Budapest: participates in the EPP Congress Group Bureau Meeting; gives a speech at the Brain Bar Conference on creative industry in Budapest Design Terminál.

Ms Margrethe Vestager in Denmark (04-05/06). On 05/06: gives two constitution speeches in Gl. Estrup Herregaard Museum, in Auning, and in the Marielyst high school, in Væggerløse.

Mr Carlos Moedas in Porto, Lisbon: delivers a speech for Serralves conference “Making it happen: creating businesses”; delivers a speech at Sonae Board of Directors Lunch.

 

Samedi 6 juin

 

Dimanche 7 juin

President Jean-Claude Juncker and Ms Federica Mogherini participate in the G7 Summit, in Schloss Elmau, Germany.

Mr Andrus Ansip meets with Mr Arto Aas, Minister of Public Administration, in Tallin.

Prévisions du mois de juin:

08/06 TTE (Energy) Council (Luxembourg)

08-11/06 European Parliament Plenary Session (Strasbourg)

09-10/06 Informal Cohesion Council (Riga)

10-11/06 EU-CELAC Summit

11/06 TTE (Transport) Council (Luxembourg)

12/06 TTE (Telecommunications) (Luxembourg)

15-16/06 JHA Council (Luxembourg)

15/06 Environment Council (Luxembourg)

16/06 Agrifish Council (Luxembourg)

18/06 Eurogroup

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19/06 Ecofin Council (Luxembourg)

22/06 Foreign Affairs Council (Luxembourg)

23/06 General Affairs Council (Luxembourg)

24/06 European Parliament plenary session (Brussels)

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