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EU to attends #UN summit on #refugees and #migrants and 71st United Nations General Assembly Ministerial Week



Panorama_of_the_United_Nations_General_Assembly,_Oct_2012A high-level delegation of the European Union will travel to New York this week to participate in the UN Summit on refugees and migrants on 19 September, and take part in this year's UN General Assembly Ministerial Week, taking place from 20-29 September.

First Vice President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans and High Representative/Vice President Federica Mogherini will join the President of the Council Donald Tusk in New York. Further participants in high-level meetings at the UN and in New York City will be European Commission Vice-President Kristalina Georgieva, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete, Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis, Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos, and Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides.

Global action on migration is urgently needed. At the UN summit on large movements of refugees and migrants, where European Council President Tusk will speak, the EU will advocate for global shared responsibility and the need to move towards Global Compacts in the follow-up to the Summit.

The European Union plays an active role in addressing the global migration and refugee challenges, as well as the root causes of migration, on the basis of its new Partnership Framework approach and supported by the European External Investment Plan. First Vice President Timmermans, High Representative/Vice President Mogherini and Commissioners Hahn and Avramopoulos will also participate and present the EU's approach at different round tables at the summit. Here is a press pack on EU action on migration management and the Investment Plan.

Highlights of the week

First Vice President Timmermans will join President Tusk, alongside High Representative/Vice President Mogherini, for the UN General Debate on Tuesday morning (20 September).

During the UN General Assembly week (20-23 September) the High Representative/ Vice-President Mogherini will host an informal meeting of EU Foreign Ministers and hold a number of meetings, including the Global Counter Terrorism Forum ministerial meeting, the Ministerial Meeting on Libya, as well as the Quartet principals meeting.

The HR/VP will also have many bilateral meetings, attend the Transatlantic dinner hosted by US Secretary of State John Kerry and attend a number of side-events including the Partnership group on Myanmar. HRVP Mogherini will also give a speech at Columbia University on the European Union Global Strategy that she presented this June.

A year after the adoption of Agenda 2030, a global effort by states, non-state actors, civil society and the private sector is required to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. The European Union is committed to do its part in implementing the Goals, both internally and as part of the EU's external action. European Commission First Vice President Timmermans will attend a high-level event to mark this anniversary.

On 21 September, Commissioner Arias Cañete will attend on behalf of the European Union the High-level event on the entry into force of the Paris Agreement, hosted by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The EU is committed to implementing the Paris Agreement, starting with ratification, and to provide the necessary financial and technical assistance to developing countries, in support of the transition towards global low-carbon and resilient economies. Commissioner Arias Cañete will also attend a number of high-level meetings on energy and climate and has a number of bilateral meetings.

Vice President Georgieva will take part on 22 September in the high level event 'Beyond the World Humanitarian Summit: Advancing the Agenda for Humanity'. There, she will present the follow-up on the recommendations of the High-Level Panel on Humanitarian Financing that she co-chaired upon invitation of the UN Secretary-General. She will also speak about the Future of the European Union at the Concordia Summit Event and take part in several high-level events throughout the week.

Commissioner Andriukaitis will be representing the European Union on 22 September at the high-level meeting on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in view of the adoption of the Political Declaration on AMR by the UN General Assembly.

Besides Commissioner Avramopoulos' participation in the Summit on large movements of refugees and migrants, he will have a large number of bilateral meetings, such as with ICRC President Maurer, with the view to strengthen our cooperation on migration management with third countries and international organisations. The Commissioner will also be addressing several side events, among which the Presentation of the 2016 edition of the OECD International Migration Outlook.

EU Special Representatives Stavros Lambrinidis (Human Rights), Franz-Michael Mellbin (Afghanistan), Fernando Gentilini (Middle East Peace Process), Alexander Rondos (Horn of Africa) and Angel Losada Fernandez (Sahel) will be also be participating in high level meetings throughout the week. Rear Admiral Enrico Credendino, Force Commander of EUNAVFOR Med Operation Sophia, will also be joining the discussion on migration.

EU side events

On Monday, 19 September, HR/VP Mogherini and Vice-President Georgieva will address a European Union side event on the European External Investment Plan that the European Commission presented on 14 September.

On Wednesday, 21 September, Commissioner Stylianides will be addressing the joint Side event co-hosted by the European Union, the United States, the International Committee of the Red Cross, the Iraqi Government, the Organisation of Islamic Countries and the United Nations on the humanitarian situation in Iraq.

Commissioner Mimica will be speaking at the side event hosted by the EU, Belgium and Jordan on the EU's efforts in integrating a youth dimension in preventing and countering violent extremism on Thursday, 22 September.

A great number of other side events on relevant issues under discussion at the United Nations will be organised by other partners, including EU member states.

More information

You will be able to follow the EU participation in key events on EbS

Press and audiovisual material will also be available on EEAS and Europa

Join the conversation by using #UNGA, #EU and follow @EUatUN for updates throughout the week.

Factsheet on EU – UN Partnership

Migration – a global challenge. The European Union's response press pack

External Investment Plan press pack


7th EU-Kazakhstan High-Level Business Platform focused on transition to low-carbon and green technologies



The EU-Kazakhstan High-Level Platform of dialogue on economic and business matters (Business Platform) held its 7th meeting in Nur-Sultan on 11 June, chaired by Prime Minister Askar Mamin.

The event brought together representatives of business and EU Heads of Mission led by the Ambassador of the EU to the Republic of Kazakhstan, Sven-Olov Carlsson. Visiting EU Special Representative for Central Asia Ambassador Peter Burian joined the event.

The High-level Business Platform complements the technical dialogue between the EU and Kazakhstan within the Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement, in particular the Cooperation Committee in Trade Configuration, which took place in October 2020.  

The EU has committed to climate neutrality by 2050 and is fully translating the implementation of the Paris Agreement into legislation. Ambitious targets and decisive actions demonstrate that EU is and will remain to be a global leader in the transition to green economy. The climate challenge is inherently global, the EU is only responsibly for approximately 10% of all global Greenhouse Gas emissions. The EU expects from its partners to share a comparable level of ambition to fight climate change and is ready to deepen co-operation with Kazakhstan in this area, including exploring new opportunities for trade and investment.

The recent EU-Kazakhstan Cooperation Council welcomed the progress made in the framework of the Business Platform chaired by the Prime Minister Mamin. The Platform acknowledges the importance of the EU in Kazakhstan's external trade, and discussions on a range of issues contribute to attract more investment in Kazakhstan.

Background Information

The EU-Kazakhstan Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (EPCA), fully in force from 1 March 2020, aims at creating a better regulatory environment for businesses in areas such as trade in services, establishment and operation of companies, capital movements, raw materials and energy, intellectual property rights. It is a tool of regulatory convergence between Kazakhstan and the EU, with some “WTO plus” provisions, notably on public procurement. Even in a year as difficult as 2020, the EU has consolidated its position as Kazakhstan’s first trade partner and first foreign investor, and Kazakhstan remains the main trade partner of the EU in Central Asia. Total EU-Kazakhstan trade reached €18.6 billion in 2020, with EU imports worth €12.6bn and EU exports €5.9bn. The EU is by far Kazakhstan's first trading partner overall, representing 41% of total Kazakh exports.

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Iranian Opposition rally in front of US embassy in Brussels to ask US and EU for a firm policy towards Iranian regime



Following the G7 summit in London, Brussels hosts the NATO summit with US and EU leaders. It is the first trip of President Joe Biden outside the US. Meanwhile, the Iran deal negotiations have started in Vienna and despite the international efforts to return Iran and the US to compliance with the JCPOA, Iranians regime showed no interest to return to its commitments under JCPOA context. In the recent IAEA report, important concerns have been raised that the Iranian regime failed to address.

The Iranian diaspora, supporters of the National Council of Resistance of Iran in Belgium, held a rally today (14 June) in front of the US embassy in Belgium. They held posters and banners with the picture of Maryam Rajavi, the leader of the Iranian opposition movement who has declared a non-nuclear Iran in her 10-point plan for the free and democratic Iran.

In their posters and slogans, Iranians asked the US and the EU to work harder to hold the mullahs’ regime accountable for its human rights violations too. The protesters emphasized the need for a decisive policy by the US and the European countries to harness the mullahs’ quest for a nuclear bomb, stepped up repression at home, and terrorist activities abroad.

According to the new IAEA report, despite the previous agreement, the clerical regime refuses to answer IAEA questions on four disputed sites and (to kill time) has postponed further talks until after its presidential election. According to the report, the regime's enriched uranium reserves have reached 16 times the limit allowed in the nuclear deal. The production of 2.4 kg of 60% enriched uranium and about 62.8kg of 20% enriched uranium are of grave concern.

IAEA Director-General Rafael Grossi said: Despite agreed terms, “After many months, Iran has not provided the necessary explanation for the presence of the nuclear material particles…We are facing a country that has an advanced and ambitious nuclear program and is enriching Uranium very close to weapons-grade level.”

Grossi’s remarks, also reported by Reuters today, reiterated: “The lack of clarification of the agency’s questions regarding the accuracy and integrity of Iran’s Safeguard Declaration will seriously affect the agency’s ability to ensure the peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear program.”

Maryam Rajavi (pictured), the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), said that the recent report of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the remarks by its Director-General once again show that to guarantee its survival, the clerical regime has not abandoned its atomic bomb project. It also shows that to buy time, the regime has continued its policy of secrecy to mislead the international community. At the same time, the regime is blackmailing its foreign interlocutors into lifting sanctions and ignoring its missile programs, export of terrorism, and criminal meddling in the region.

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Ex-EU Brexit negotiator Barnier: UK reputation at stake in Brexit row




Head of the Task Force for Relations with the UK, Michel Barnier attendsthe debate on EU-UK trade and cooperation agreement during the second day of a plenary session at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium April 27, 2021. Olivier Hoslet/Pool via REUTERS

Michel Barnier, the European Union's former Brexit negotiator, said on Monday (14 June) that the reputation of the United Kingdom was at stake regarding tensions over Brexit.

EU politicians have accused British Prime Minister Boris Johnson of not respecting engagements made regarding Brexit. Growing tensions between Britain and the EU threatened to overshadow the Group of Seven summit on Sunday, with London accusing France of "offensive" remarks that Northern Ireland was not part of the UK. Read more

"The United Kingdom needs to pay attention to its reputation," Barnier told France Info radio. "I want Mr Johnson to respect his signature," he added.

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