Monthly Archives: February 2016

The Netherlands’ initiative to enhance Europe’s Cyber-Security

“The Netherlands wants to unite Countries, Businesses, Think Tanks and internet Experts, so that the world will be better equipped to prevent Cyberattacks on Political or Military targets.” February 12, 2016 © Dutch MFA

‘Cyberattacks are the key threat of the future,’  ‘They target Countries, Individuals, Companies and Infrastructure Networks. The World is still too passive about this issue.’  highlighted Foreign Minister Bert Koenders.  February 12, 2016 © Dutch MFA        Continue to read

European CERT (Computer Emergency Response Team)

See also:   Report a Cyber Crime, EUROPOL

 Logo kleur hoge resolutie Protected by Copyright LawThe Netherlands EU Presidency 2016

The United States and European Law-Enforcement in a closer Partnership-4

The Director of EUROPOL Rob Wainwright and the Executive Associate Director of U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Peter Edge, met in the Hague and singed a new agreement which brings the two Law-Enforcement Agencies from the both sides of Atlantic closer, enabling them to work in more synchronized and effective ways in the Operations against organized crimes.



The Director of EUROPOL Rob Wainwright and the Executive Associate Director of U.S ICE  Peter Edge. The Hague  February 17, 2016 © EUROPOL


With this Agreement, the U.S  ICE  enters a new membership in Europol’s Focal Point Sustrans  the ongoing Operations that targets organized crimes,  money laundering, Human trafficking/smuggling and the irregular migration.  This Agreement is an addition to the EUROPOL’s Focal Point Checkpoint Operations, to which the U.S ICE is already part of it. 

 “Simply put, when we follow the money, we find criminals. Some criminal enterprises focus on smuggling and Cybercrime, others drugs and arms trafficking, but all of them – including those engaged in terrorism finance – try to manipulate financial systems for their gain, which is another avenue we can use to disrupt and dismantle their operations. Today’s signing signals HSI’s commitment to the International Cooperation that is crucial to Law-Enforcement success in this arena.”  highlighted  US ICE Executive Associate Director Peter Edge. The Hague February 17,2016 © EUROPOL

“In this technological era, nations around the World cannot tackle criminality on their own. Money laundering is a complex and relentless offence which requires a concerted International response. I am therefore delighted to see such an important partner join our continued efforts to build a borderless Law-Enforcement community.” stated the Director of EUROPOL Rob Wainwright. The Hague February 17, 2016 ©EUROPOL


By Catherine Stella Schmidt 

European Union Monitoring Mission in Georgia ‘EUMM’

The European Union External Action Service ‘EEAS’ is a Diplomatic Department of European Union based in Brussels that is responsible for EU’s Foreign and Security Policy.  As of present time–  EEAS  is engaged in 11 Civilian Deployment Missions in various parts of the World. 

With the high scope of success, the EU Monitoring Mission in Georgia ‘EUMM is one of them. 

EUMM 2015 (2) ©The EUMM

The Mission was launched in  September 2008 following the EU-mediated Six Point Agreement, which ended the August war in Georgia.

The Objectives of the Mission:

  • To ensure that there is no return to hostilities; 
  • To facilitate the resumption of a safe and normal life for the local communities living on both sides of the Administrative Boundary Lines (ABL) with Abkhazia and South Ossetia; 
  • To build confidence among the conflict parties; 
  • To inform EU policy in Georgia and the wider region ©The EUMM
The EUMM has about 200 Monitors from various EU Member States , with Patrolling  and Monitoring on the ground.  The Deployment has its Headquarters in Tbilisi and the Field Offices in Gori, Mtskheta and Zugdidi. 


The Leadership of Israel and its Armed-Forces in the World-1

Israel is a Member State of NATO’s Mediterranean Dialogue, which with the aim of maintaining Security and Stability in the region, was established in 1994. 

With the spiral upheaval and the un-ceased mayhem in the Middle-East the Leadership of Israel and its Armed-Forces has been and will remain to be, eminently, crucial. A Role, for which, Israel is highly prepared.

Related official documents:

Speech by the NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow at the conference on NATO-Israel cooperation, La Hulpe, Belgium  November 2014

Standing NATO Maritime-2 visited Israel, December 2015 

Israel and its Leadership in the World, the Armed Forces

Hungary is one of the most stable European States

“ Hungary  is now one of Europe’s most stable Countries”, highlighted Prime Minister Viktor Orbán

Prime Minister Orbán 2016 15 February 2016 © The Office of Prime Minister  

“… general Europeans have successfully shrugged off censorship, and it has emerged that, on the subject of Hungarian Border Protection Policy, many more people on the Continent agree with Hungary than are against it. Today Hungary’s standpoint is the standpoint of the majority of people in Europe, and Europeans cannot understand why their governments are not doing the same as Hungary’s government is doing” highlighted Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in the Parliament.  February 2106 © The Office of Prime Minister Orbán    

Continue to read the Prime Minister’s Speech at the Hungarian National Assembly

As it is greatly audible that the Policy of some of EU States in regard with European Security is outdated, irrelevant –that is neither applicable any more to the challenges of  2016 and beyond– nor effective in a real time. 

Europe needs a Strong and Coherent Border Security Policy, as many EU Leaders have been voicing for a long time. From every aspects of Political science, it is time for Europe to go beyond its old orbit and move…… into the belated Realm of  Multifaceted EU Reform, notably –also on the Security of its Border fronts. (by the Editor)

Cyprus-Israel-Greece Trilateral Summit Declaration

On January 28, following the meeting of the Prime Minister Netanyahu with the President of the Republic of Cyprus and the Prime Minister of Hellenic Republic, a closer partnerships and cooperation between Cyprus-Greece and Israel was established.

PM Netanyahu, President of Cyprus Anastasiades and Greek PM Tsipras 2016Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades and Prime Minister of Greece Alexis Tsipras. Nicosia 28, 2016 ©The office of PM Netanyahu/Haim Zach, GPO

“We, Nikos Anastasiades, President of the Republic of Cyprus, Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of the State of Israel, and Alexis Tsipras, Prime Minister of the Hellenic Republic, having met in Nicosia today, 28th January 2016, have agreed to strengthen the cooperation between our three countries in order to promote a Trilateral Partnership in different fields of common interest and to work together towards promoting Peace, Stability, Security and Prosperity in the Mediterranean and the wider Region.” January. 28, 2016 ©The office of Prime Minister Netanyahu

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The Leadership of Finland and its Armed-Forces in the World-1

         Minister of Defence Jussi Niinisto visited UNIFIL 2016 Finalnd MoD January 14, 2016 ©Ministry of Defence of Finland

The Minister of Defence of Finland, Jussi Niinistö, travelled to Lebanon, 13-15 January, and visited Finland’s Armed-Forces deployed in the Peacekeeping Mission and the Finish Crisis Management Force, in the UNNIFIL Headquarters. Finland is one of the major contributors to the UN Peacekeeping Forces in various Deployments, and in UNIFIL since 2006.

Finish Armed-Forces in UNIFIL

Simultaneously, Finland is one of the leading Country in Europe that Deploys Crisis Management Forces for various International Conflicts and Emergencies.

On the Law-Enforcement front, Finland has been also one of the largest Contributors and  the Head of the European Union Police Mission EUPOL, in Afghanistan since 2010.

Medal Parade at EUPOL HQ Kabul Nov.2015




EUPOL Mission Members were awarded the European Union Common Security and Defence Policy Medals. ©EUPOL Kabul, November 2015


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The United Kingdom and its Leadership in EU Naval Force

Major General Martin Smith the UK Secretary of State for Defence Michael Fallon Janurary 2016The Operation Commander, Major General Martin Smith MBE with the UK Secretary of State for Defence, The Right Honourable Michael Fallon MP. London January 28,2016 ©European Union Naval Force Operation Atalanta

The UK Secretary of State for Defence, The Rt Hon Michael Fallon visited EU NAVFOR’s Operational Headquarters in London. The visit was to ensure the EU Naval Operation of the un-ending UK’s commitment and supports. 

Related documents from the UK Parliament:

Follow-up report on the EU’s Operation Atalanta and beyond by the UK House of Lords, July 2012

Twelfth Report Combating Somali Piracy: the EU’s Naval Operation Atalanta, by the UK House of Lords, April 2010


The U.S-European Armed-Forces Stronger together

NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg’s elaboration on the increase of United States Defense budget and Military commitment to European Security and Defense in NATO by emphasizing:  “This proposal is a vivid demonstration of the strength of our Transatlantic bond.”

February 2, 2016 © NATO

The Official document from the White House:  Statement by President Obama on the FY2017 European Reassurance Initiative Budget Request, The White House February 2,2016


Transatlantic Relations, the United States of America and Europe

 The United States of America and Europe

The partnership between the United States of America and Europe is a complementary …….an enduring historical relations of Roots , Culture, Heritage, Values that originated and developed over 1000 years.

Describing it in a simple modern words, with an overall majority of the Americans with the European Ancestors, it is a tangible form of Family Affairs, that neither America can move on without Europe…….. nor Europe can ever let it go!  That the Relations and Destiny of both are intertwined ……beyond any superficial aspects and countenance.

If the European first discovered….. and created the New World ‘The United States of America’, centuries ago, as the Viking Sailors were the first in 985,…… was the U.S that came at any ghostly, gloomy era in defending Europe.

 The United States was also the first Nation to recognize the European Union   in August 1952, established in its early form of ‘The European Coal and Steel Community’ (ECSC).

(Excerpt from Political text ‘Sublime and Beautiful Europe and the United States of America’, by Catherine Stella Schmidt 2009)

Joint Statement by Ambassador Froman and EU Commissioner Malmström on T-TIP: 

“The European Union and the United States have made considerable progress towards a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) in the past year, notably since the G7 Elmau summit in June, when we agreed to accelerate work on all elements of the agreement.  We are fully committed  December 11, 2015 © Office of the United States Trade Representative

Additional documents by European Commission:

RECORDED 11th Round of negotiations for a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)

The benefits of TTIP: Economic Growth, Global Economic Rules and a Stronger Transatlantic Partnership


By Catherine Stella Schmidt (Copyrighted material)


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