EU Delegation Newsletter 02 October 2015
N°66 02 October 2015
also included: Libya, Syria, Climate Change,
the Refugee crisis and the Peace Process in
This week, New York hosted the United Nations General Assembly, and it has been a remarkable week for EU diplomacy, led by High Representative Federica Mogherini and other EU leaders.
Many issues were adressed, with some very important results: Global Goals on Sustainable Developmenthave been adopted, the Iran Nuclear Deal is about to enter the implementation phase and the Middle East Quartet will resume its important work on the Peace Process.
"Europe is facing the consequences of one of the biggest crises in its recent history. We have acted quickly to align our resources with priorities, doubling the EU funds available to help refugees and the communities receiving them. We are using the EU budget in a swift and flexible way to address this crisis," says Budget and Human Resources Vice-President Kristalina Georgieva.
|Managing the Refugee
The European Commission has made a first set of concrete proposals for €1.7 billion of EU funding in 2015 and 2016 in order to address the refugee crisis.
The money will provide emergency assistance to the most affected EU Member States, increase staffing at front line EU agencies, and provide assistance and humani-tarian aid in third countries.
As ADB forecasts trades in
the Pacific will produce more than half of the world’s
output by 2050. PM Key already highlighted the benefit that
non-TPP countries, such as China , could gain from the
signing of the deal.
|TPP meeting over the
The TPP meeting in Atlanta is likely to last beyond Friday (2/10) due to continuing differences on dairy market access and monopoly protections.
Australia and New Zealand are expected to link their willingness to compromise in such areas as biological drugs with market access concessions for their sugar and dairy industries respectively.
NZ Agricultural trade envoy Mike Peterson is still not happy with dairy market access, while John Wilson (chairman Fonterra) is trying to push for an acceptable outcome on market access with the U.S., Canada and Japan.
As part of a broad package of initiatives to be implemented by 2019, the Commission will adopt a set of measures to support venture capital and risk capital financing in the EU, including the promotion of best practices on tax incentives to attract investors.
|Commission presents piecemeal
Capital Markets Union strategy|
On Wednesday (30/09), the European Commission unveiled its strategy to strengthen capital markets in Europe and thus reduce the “very high dependence on bank funding", as President, Jean-Claude Juncker put it, when he took office last year.
To see the programme, sponsorship prospectus and to register, visit www.climateandbusiness.com.
H.E Mrs Florence Jeanblanc-Risler, French Ambassador to New Zealand, and Mr Michalis Rokas, Chargé d'Affaires of the Delegation of the European Union to New Zealand, will discuss onTuesday, 20 October, what New Zealand and Australia will bring to the table at Paris, likely outcomes and implications for business.
|Climate Change and Business
Conference - 3 weeks away!|
2015 is an important year for domestic and international climate policy initiatives. Political and Business leaders in Australia and New Zealand have been invited and will join representatives of offshore governments to outline expectations of the Paris COP21 being held in December.
The conference will enable business leaders to explore the fresh opportunities and examine the risks that decarbonizing the economy create. It will profile leading emission reduction initiatives in Australia and New Zealand and outline the workability of incentives including a carbon price.
Entrance is free!
As part of the Dutch Dayz 2015, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands organizes the Dutch Documentary Festival in Wellington (October) and Christchurch (November)!
Check their facebook page for dates and time.
Reservation works on a first come, first serve basis, so be in time!
Reserve seats (max. 2) by sending an email to email@example.com.
The Goethe Institute organises a film series on "Seit 1945 / Since 1945: Image, Memory, Testimony"
The Goethe Institute is pleased to invite you to opening on Sunday, 18 October 2015 at 5pm, screening "In Darkness" by Agnieszka Holland.
The venue chosen is Lighthouse on Cuba, 29 Wigan St, Wellington.
Click here for
more information about the Festival!
Tickets are $20, $15 concession from Dash Tickets, available at www.dashtickets.co.nz or ph: 0800 327 484
|Body Festival 2015|
As part of the Body Festival 2015, a Polish alternative theatre phenomenon, the Visual Stage (Scena Plastyczna) will performFurrow II. Tickets are available for Christchurch shows on 8th, 9th & 10th October.
Click here for more information!
From the 20th until 30th October 2015 the Polish Embassy in Wellington will exhibit the polish Theatre poster exhibition.
The opening event is expected on Tuesday 20Th October 5.30pm at the NZ Drama School, (11 Hutchison Rd, Newtown, Wellington).
Click here for more information.
Check out the programme for each city on theirwebsite & Facebook page!
Latin America & Spain Film Festival 2015|
From October until mid November, the 14th edition of the Latin America& Spain Film Festival (LASFF) will take place in New Zealand. This event aims to use the cinema to promote a better knowledge of the Latin America and Spanish cultures.
Don't miss the Spanish movie Garbo, The Spy (The man who saved the World)!
Film Festival 2015|
Over the next few weeks, the German Film Festival, organised by the Goethe Institut, will take place in New Zealand. A wide range of film nights is coming up as well as workshops and lectures.
Check-out the programme here!
|100 days of Dutch
Don't miss out the 100 DAYS OF DUTCH ART exhibition in Auckland'siShen Gallery, a celebration of New Zealand’s continuing cultural links with the Netherlands and, above all, a celebration of contemporary Dutch art.
Date: from 20 August to 27 November 2015.
Venue: iShen Gallery, 209 Parnell Rd, Auckland.
|More on Twitter
If you have not done so yet, follow our Chargé d'Affaires, Michalis Rokas, on Twitter. He tweets and retweets on Europe & international affairs! @MichalisRokasEU.
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Find out about EU contracts and tenders available in the region here.