Australia-European Union an enduring Partnership

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As a bloc, the EU is Australia’s largest source of foreign investment and second largest trading partner. In 2014, the EU’s foreign direct investment in Australia was valued at $169.6 billion and Australian foreign direct investment in the EU was valued at $83.5 billion. Total two-way merchandise and services trade between Australia and the EU was worth $83.9 billion. © Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Key interests and benefits

  • A comprehensive, high-quality Australia-EU FTA would help to ensure our trade and investment relationship reaches its full potential
  • An Australia-EU FTA would remove barriers to trade in goods
  • An Australia-EU FTA could expand services linkages and investment ties
  • An Australia-EU FTA could enhance regulatory cooperation in specific sectors of interest to business.  © Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Canada provides a new financial aid for the Humanitarian Emergency

Canada has allocated a new Humanitarian Assistance for the most vulnerable around the World. The amount will be for emergency assistance for people affected by crisis, drinking water, nutritions and other kinds of emergency aid.

Canada U.S dep.StateCanada announced $331.5 million in Humanitarian Assistance funding at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey. This funding will help address unprecedented Humanitarian needs around the World.  Announced by the Department of Global Affairs Canada May 24, 2016 © Global Affairs Canada

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EULEX on Border Security Training

The European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo ‘EULEX’  upgrades the Expertise of its Border Security Officers 

EULEX Officers in Drug Detection Training Course at Pristina International Airport May 2016

 

 

 

 

 

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In the first week of May, EULEX conducted a special Training for the Law-Enforcement on ‘Drug Detection Training Course’.   Described by EULUX Public Office, the training was delivered by two UK Border Force Trainers at Pristina International Airport (PIA), and aimed to upgrade the expertise of the the Kosovo Border Police and Customs Officers in the areas of:

  • Border Security
  • Detect/seizing all categories of prohibited drugs
  • And  control/interview and arrest the drug traffickers. May 11, 2106 © EULEX

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Denmark will bolster its Military Support to Afghanistan

From the time when the  International Security Assistance Force ‘ISAF’ was established in 2001, and later transformed to non-Combat ‘Resolute Support’ in January 2015, the Royal Danish Armed Forces has been playing a potent role in both Operations.  On the Financial scale, Denmark has been also providing substantial amount of Humanitarian, Economic and Educational Aid to the Afghanistan since 2001.

The recent announcement by the Government affirms with the further measures to bolster its Military support to Afghanistan– that to be applied on both: 

  • Military Contingent,  with the new increase in the numbers of Danish Troops in the region
  • And the increase of Financial support of USD 15 million annually throughout 2020 to the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces

Sponsor_Ministry_UK of Denmark protected by Copyright LAWWe have decided to continue our financial support to the Afghan Security Forces at the current level throughout 2020 and to increase our contribution to NATO’s training mission in Afghanistan. It is necessary that we stand together with the international society and continue to support Afghanistan, so that the country can get back on its feet and fight the terrorists. It is a difficult and fragile situation, but we must help the Afghans in their stabilisation efforts, so that they can see a future in their own country. This is also in Denmark’s best interests,”  states Minister for Foreign Affairs, Kristian Jensen. May 12, 2016 © Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Denmark

“The efforts of our Danish soldiers in Afghanistan have helped to make a difference in the country. We are now building upon this by strengthening our military contribution. The security situation in Afghanistan remains under pressure, and it is therefore crucial that the international society continues to offer its support.”  Affirmed the Minister of Defence Peter Christensen. May 12, 2016 © Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Denmark    Continue to read

U.S National Armed Forces Day

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In honour of….. the World’s greatest Freedom Defender…,the thundering Forces of resounding Liberator…..the United States Armed Forces  

 

May 20, 2016 © DoD

The United States National Armed Forces Day is celebrate on every third Saturday of May, to honour the service and the dedication of Military personnel across the United States.

U.S Navy flies in the search of missing Egypt-Air

On May 20, the  U.S. Navy P-3 Orion has launched its Operation in the search for missing Egypt-Air.

Announced by the U.S Naval Forces Europe-Africa:  

“The U.S. Navy is providing a P-3 Orion in support of the Hellenic Armed Forces, and the Joint Rescue Coordination Center in Greece, in response to a request by the U.S. Embassy in Athens, Greece for assistance in the search of the missing Egyptian aircraft.”

           The U.S. Navy is providing P-3 Orions for the search May 20, 2016 May 20, 2016 © US Naval Forces Europe-Africa

Finland’s vital Leadership in NATO

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Finland took part in NATO Ministerial Meetings from 19-20 May in Brussels.

Minister Timo Soini of Foreign Affairs has presented Finland in two sessions of the meeting. One with the focuses on NATO’s Afghanistan and the Resolute Support Mission  in which the Armed-Forces of Finland are holding a vital role.  And the other with the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini.

The Leadership of Canada in NATO

Canada U.S dep.StateThe Canadian Global Affairs Ministry has announced that the Honourable Stéphane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada will participate in NATO’s Ministerial meetings  in Brussels on May 19th.

Canada is a committed Member of NATO. When I look at the international security challenges we are facing today, it is clear that NATO is more important than ever. In Brussels, I look forward to discussing how the alliance can further contribute to global peace and stability.”   elaborated Stéphane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs

The Alliance, as a key multilateral organization, is a cornerstone of Canada’s Security and Defence Policy and a major contributor to international Peace and Security.  Affirmed the Canadian Global Affairs. May 18, 2016 Ottawa/Ontario © Global Affairs Canada

The Netherlands on Protecting the Law-Enforcement

The Netherlands is taking a new measure that should protect the Law-Enforcement during all categories of Close-Combat, inter alia……civil unrest and social violence. An important step that needs  to be followed by other European States equally.

“Police officers will no longer automatically be labelled as suspects during inquiries into the use of force.   A factual investigation, based on the assumption of lawful conduct, will be conducted instead. This is the core of a legislative proposal from State Secretary Van der Steur (Security and Justice) sent to various bodies such as the Council for the Judiciary and the Public Prosecution Service (OM) for advice.” May  3 2016 © Dutch Government

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