Monthly Archives: June 2016

The United Kingdom updated National plan on Business and Human Rights

FCO logo Copyright Protected by Law The RT Hon Baroness Anelay has announced in Parliament the update of the UK’s National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights.

“I am pleased that we have today published our updated National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights. The Plan rightly acknowledges the duty of Government but also sets out our expectation that UK businesses will act responsibly and in accordance with the UN Guiding Principles, wherever they operate.

Human Rights are at the heart of both our Diplomats’ and Ministers’ work and this updated National Action Plan clearly restates our conviction that the promotion of business and respect for human rights go hand in hand.”  stated the Rt Hon Baroness Anelay May 13, 2106 © UK Foreign Office

Good Business: Implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, by UK Government

Australia and Europe in solidarity with the U.S

1-Australia DFAT-logo Protected by copy right Law“All Austrian stand with the people of the United States today, against terror and against hate.”   “We convey our deepest sympathy and condolences to the families and those who are injured” expressed Prime Minister Turnbull  of Australia June 12, 2016 © DFAT

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs of all European States, including:  Austria,  Australia,  Belgium,   Denmark,   Finland,  France,   Germany,  Hungary   Iceland,  Israel,   Norway,  Poland,   Sweden,   the Netherlands,    the United Kingdom,   the European Union Diplomatic Delegation to the U.S,    High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy,    Czech Republic,   NATO Secretary General   expressed deeply their shock and sadness on the terrorist attack in Orlando and reaffirmed their Solidarity and Standing with the United States.

A tragic day in the U.S

President Obama on the Tragic Shooting in Orlando

“Today, as Americans, we grieve the brutal murder — a horrific massacre — of dozens of innocent people. We pray for their families, who are grasping for answers with broken hearts. We stand with the people of Orlando, who have endured a terrible attack on their city. Although it’s still early in the investigation, we know enough to say that this was an act of terror and an act of hate. And as Americans, we are united in grief, in outrage, and in resolve to defend our people.” June 12, 2016 © The White House

The Netherlands EU Presidency and the EU-U.S Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial meeting

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On 2 June 2016,  the EU-U.S. Ministerial Meeting  on Justice and Home Affairs, hosted by the Netherlands Presidency of the Council of the EU, took place in Amsterdam. This meeting was held usually twice a year, to evaluate and advance Trans-Atlantic cooperation in the areas of Freedom, Security and Justice.

In this Ministerial meeting, the EU and the United States reaffirmed their commitment to closer cooperation, especially in the context of evolving and shared challenges that affect the security and rights of citizens on both sides of the Atlantic.  June 2, 2016 © MFA of the Netherlands  Continue to read

View the Press release on U.S Homeland Security:  Joint EU-U.S. Press Statement Following the EU-U.S. Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial

The Leadership of the Netherlands in NATO

NATO Secretary General met with Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the Netherlands to discuss important issues on the wide spectrum of NATO, Europe and the Global Security.  The Secretary General commended the Netherlands highly valuable contributions to the NATO’s Collective Defence.

The Hague June 9, 2016 © NATO

Related documents:  Joint press conference by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and the Prime Minister Mark Rutte

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg met with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte in The Hague to discuss the Alliance’s agenda for the Warsaw Summit in July. June 9, 2016

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Finland’s enduring Relations with NATO

The assessment of the effects of Finland’s possible NATO membership provides an excellent basis for further debate which will certainly be extensive. I hope that the Foreign and Security Policy will be widely debated – and from various perspectives,” stated Foreign Minister Timo Soini. March 2016 © MFA of Finland

Related documents:  The effects of Finland’s possible NATO membership, by MFA

Chairman of the NATO Military Committee visits Finland  ‘Finland’s Active Military Cooperation with NATO’

Finland will provide more service to the Conscripts in its Armed-Forces

The agreement between Finnish Defence Forces and the Railway Corporation was reached in November 2015,  and on June the 2nd 2016  the implementation of the plan was singed. 

Such a significant and positive measure has to be considered  also in the U.S and the entire Europe– as a way of honouring the service and ….. dedications of our Heroes in U.S-European Armed-Forces. 

The Press release by the Finnish Defence Forces reads:

From now on, Conscripts will be able to reserve seats free of charge on long-distance trains. It is also still possible for those in furlough Uniform to travel without a reserved seat by displaying their Conscript card.

“Trains are a favoured mode of transport among conscripts, and we want to further encourage them to make use of this safe and environmentally friendly travel option. The new seat reservation service improves Conscripts’ travel comfort significantly and offers them the opportunity to relax either on their journey home or their journey back to the Garrison.” Stated Maisa Romanainen, Senior Vice President for VR Passenger Services. June 2, 2016 © Finnish Defence Forces    view the Press Release

View also: Finland in NATO BALTOPS  2016, by Finland’s NAVY

News from Finland’s Armed-Forces   

NATO Multinational Exercise BALTOPS 2016

The most significant of recent years’ NATO Multi-National Exercise  ‘BALTOPS 2016’,  formulated to demonstrate and enhance the U.S-European  Armed-Forces Readiness and Interoperability, is on the way in Baltic Sea region from June 5- June 20.  The Exercise is the U.S-led drills with the ‘STRIKFORNATO’ leading its implementations.

BALTOPS 2016 US NAVAL Forces Europe

 

 

June 2016 © US NAVAL Forces Europe/Africa

The participants from  17 U.S-European States, contributing:  6100 Troops,  over 60 Military Air crafts, about 800 Amphibious Troops, and 45 Ships and Submarines are from the Armed-Forces of:  Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, France,  Finland, Germany,  Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands,  Norway,  Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, UK Royal Navy Flagship HMS Ocean,  and the U.S Naval Force with USS Mount Whitney,  U.S Air Force Europe.

The central objectives intensify on:

  • Enhancing the Allies Interoperability;
  • Training in Anti-Air Warfare, Anti-Surface Warfare, Anti-Submarine Warfare,  and Mine Countermeasure Warfare;
  • As well as Amphibious and Maritime Interdiction Operations and Exercising against the Asymmetric Threat. Recounts NATO’s NAVAL Striking/Support Forces.

News from Strong Europe U.S Army
News from U.S Air Force Europe-Africa
News from U.S Naval Forces Europe-Africa
News from U.S Mission to NATO

Interview with Rear Admiral Jan C. Kaack, Force Commander in Operation ATALANTA

In the exclusive interview series, this time we have the honour of hearing views  from Force Commander in Operation Atalanta, Rear Admiral Jan C. Kaack on the various aspects of Atalanta and its luminous success.

 

Force Commander in Operation Atalanta Rear Admiral Jan Kaack EUNAVFOR June 2016 Rear Admiral Jan C. Kaack, Force Commander in Operation Atalanta. June 2016 © German Navy/US EU World Affairs.com

Q: In your ceremonial speech, on assuming the position as the Force Commander, you indicated the necessity of remaining vigilant and the continuation of the Military presence in the Operation Atalanta (in the region).

  • Could you please expatiate on that.

Rear Admiral Jan C. Kaack: Think of our mission as the bandage and dressing applied to the heavily bleeding wound of an otherwise health casualty. The wound is not going to kill the patient instantly. You have time to think about what to do next. Once you start applying pressure to the bandage, the bleeding stops almost instantly, which is good. But the very moment you ease on the pressure, the bleeding will start again. So, you need to be patient while keeping up the pressure.

And I can assure you: they are still out there! Their intentions and capabilities to resume their old business models are still existent. It has, however, so far been our common effort, military and shipping industry, that their opportunities to operate have been cut-off. And this might well be the case for the foreseeable future… as long as we – together – keep the pressure.

According to a World Bank report (Nov 2013), between 2008 – 2012 pirate leaders received over 350 million Euros in ransoms. Young men can earn up to 30,000 dollars from a successful pirating. I do not see them giving up on these potential gains easily.

Q: With the current unrest in the Northern Africa and Yemen, how do you assess the Security Environment in the Southern Red Sea, and the Gulf of Aden?

Rear Admiral Jan C. Kaack: Of course we are always keeping an eye on the political developments in and around our area of operation. Because this might have an impact on our operation as well. For the forces under my command it is clearly the situation on Yemenite soil that has to be watched and assessed constantly. Thus far, the deteriorating security situation ashore does not effect dramatically our operations. It is more the side effects of the developing security environment on the Arabian peninsula and the horn of Africa, that we have to be aware of. Human trafficking, weapon smuggling, you name it…

You might remember, that my flagship, BAYERN, has just recently saved 92 lives from drowning.

Furthermore our protégés of this operation, the ships of the World Food Programme, are regularly approaching Yemeni harbours and thus need to be protected until we can hand them over to security forces at the TTW of YEM.

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Frigate ESPS Santa Maria of Spain in Operation Atalanta

Frigate ESPS Santa Maria of Spain has been redeployed on the Operation Atalanta on 15th May to stay in the next five months.

Atlantic Ocean (October 22, 2005) - Sailors of Spanish frigate SPS Santa Maria (F-81) prepare to conduct replenishment at sea (RAS) with the Spanish oiler SPS Marques De La Ensenada (A-11) off the coast of Brazil. Naval forces from Argentina, Brazil, Spain, Uruguay and the United States are participating in UNITAS 47-06 Atlantic phase, a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored exercise that enhances friendly, mutual cooperation and understanding between participating navies by enhancing interoperability in naval operations among the nations of the Western Hemisphere. Official U.S. Navy Photograph by PH2 (NAO/AW/SW) Michael Sandberg; Fleet Combat Camera, Atlantic.

 

 

 

 

 

Spanish frigate ESPS Santa Maria May 2016 © EUNAVFOR

Described by EU NAVAL Force, Frigate ESPS Santa Maria has a high caliber Operational capabilities including  a unique  Maritime Surveillance and Reconnaissance system, Remotely Piloted Air System, and  the Seahawk Helicopter on board. 

With the arrival of ESPS Santa Maria, the Multitask Warship ESPS Tornado also of Spanish Navy will return to its port in Gran Canaria, after months of successfully conducting counter-privacy Operations in the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden.

Additional reference:

Spanish Minister of Defense visits EU NAVFOR warship in Djibouti, by EU NAVFOR July 2011

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