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Address by Minister Baird to Members of Keidanren (Japan Business Federation)

July 28, 2014 – Tokyo, Japan

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Thank you for that kind introduction.

I’m grateful to Keidanren for inviting me to join you and for welcoming me into its impressive headquarters this afternoon.

It’s a real honour to speak to such a distinguished audience and especially to be here with some of the key people who bridge the ocean between Japan and Canada.

This is now my fifth visit to Japan, and I’m very glad to be back in Tokyo. Often on these diplomatic trips to different countries you fly into an airport, go to a hotel, have a meeting in a conference centre and you don’t see much else.

I’m sure you’ve had business trips that are similar. But I made sure to find a little extra time to soak up some of the sights, sounds—and tastes of this world-class city.

The more I see of this country, the more impressed I become with the inspiring balance of the traditional and the modern that you have achieved.

This unique strength is reflective of a culture that values the wisdom of what has come before, while embracing the opportunities of the future.

These are complementary values that Canada shares with Japan, and they are reflected in our relations, which span more than a century.

This year, our two countries mark several significant milestones:

  • 125 years ago, the Japanese government opened its first mission in Canada, the Consulate-General of Japan in Vancouver;
  • 110 years ago, the Canadian government opened its first trade office in Japan in Yokohama; and
  • this year, we mark 85 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations between Canada and Japan.

I learned recently that Canada was also the first foreign country visited by then 19-year-old Crown Prince Akihito in 1953.

Our nations have come together in many ways.

Prime Minister Louis St. Laurent and then-Japanese Prime Minister Shigeru Yoshida exchanged visits in the early 1950s, which acted as a pivot to a new relationship between Canada and Japan.

At the time, Canada was one of the few countries that brought Japan back into the international community following the San Francisco Peace Treaty in 1952.

The global landscape has changed in many ways since that time.

Our people and economies are more intertwined than ever.

Our common values have developed but remained unwavering.

Your heartache has been our heartache.

When the world stood still in shock and grief following the tragic earthquake and tsunami in 2011, we saw the best in our people.

Canadians from every corner of this country raised millions to aid the Japanese people through these horrendous circumstances.

Japanese students showed up on our west coast to help clean up debris that washed up on our shores many months later.

And a Victoria man returned a Harley-Davidson motorcycle to its rightful owner back in Yamamoto, but not before the good people at Harley-Davidson had refurbished it.

I can still remember very vividly what the Fukushima plant and the surrounding area looked like several months later as I toured the site by helicopter.

Three years on, Canada continues to support the renewal of the affected regions, including through the Canada-Tohoku Reconstruction Project, which is helping to rebuild public facilities using Canadian wood.

While these efforts may seem to some as symbolic, I believe they tell a much different story.

They tell this story: while the distance between our countries is great—5,000 miles in fact—we face similar realities as Pacific nations:

  • The reality of our common threats.
  • The reality of our economic futures.
  • The reality of the uncertainties our people face.

That is why, in uncertain times, it’s far better to face your common challenges as friends and partners than as adversaries.

In Canada, we know that Japan’s role as a stable democracy in the Asia-Pacific Region is vital to our own economic future.

The Canada-Japan relationship has been nurtured over decades as a priority for successive Canadian governments.

Japan is Canada’s fourth-largest export market.

Japan is alone our largest bilateral investment partner in all of Asia, with two-way investment reaching $21 billion last year.

More than 300 Japanese companies have a presence in Canada, including the 50-plus members of this committee that invest or sell goods and services in our country.

We believe that Japanese businesses and investors can find a very welcoming, lucrative environment in Canada.

Both Forbes and Bloomberg have called Canada the best country in the G-20 in which to do business.

The World Economic Forum has repeatedly declared Canada’s banking system to be the soundest in the world.

We also offer an overall tax rate on new business investment that is among the lowest in the G-7.

Through the depths of the recession, and well before and after—our government made jobs and economic prosperity our primary objective.

We have sought to break down barriers and drive into new markets.

Forge new relationships and rekindle old ones.

We do so because we know that our prosperity is linked to much more than jobs. It’s linked to our security and common defences.

It’s linked to the dignity of our people. And it’s linked to their freedoms.

A good deal of the world’s unrest can be blamed on economic uncertainty and on the cronyism and corruption that run rampant. Such corruption stifles progress, bankrupts people morally and materially, and drives business and investment elsewhere.

Therefore we cannot afford to be complacent about our economic cooperation.

Idle hands won’t build success.

It’s certainly not what brought us to today.

What brought us here are the continued bridges and links we have built through hard work between our two nations.

Our business communities are also being brought closer in a more literal way.

Negotiations have been successful on giving Canadian air carriers daytime access to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport.

And starting this month, Japanese and Canadian business people can now fly directly between Haneda and Toronto in a brand new Dreamliner aircraft.

In fact, this is the first route on which they are being used by Air Canada.

Our industries continue to benefit from these connections.

One industry with a lot of common interest is the energy industry.

In a time of global concern about risks to energy supply, the world is looking to Canada as a stable, reliable, resource-rich partner.

In particular, I know that Japan relies heavily on liquefied natural gas, or LNG. I saw one of your impressive LNG terminals for myself on Friday.

Canada is actually the fourth-largest exporter of natural gas in the world, and we have more than 200 years of supply at current rates of production.

Overall, there are over 600 major natural resource projects planned in Canada over the next 10 years alone. These projects will require investments of over $650 billion.

The majority of these investments are in the energy sector. And I am pleased that companies from Japan—such as Mitsubishi, JAPEX, Inpex, Idemitsu and Totoya Tsusho, to name a few—are directly involved in these exciting developments.

So I think it’s clear that there is a lot going on right now that we can be proud of and optimistic about.

But ladies and gentlemen let me speak frankly to you now.

If you’re somewhat familiar with Canadian politics, you’ll know I’ve never been accused of being subtle.

However, sometimes it’s important to speak frankly about important issues—so there is no ambiguity.

While I am excited about the trajectory of our relationship, I also think opportunity is staring us in the eye.

There is more we can do.

On my last visit here, I joined Prime Minister Stephen Harper to launch the Canada-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement negotiations.

A joint study in 2012 concluded that this agreement could generate billions of dollars in incremental GDP and export growth, creating jobs and prosperity for both peoples.

In fact, the study found that a bilateral Economic Partnership Agreement could boost Japanese exports to Canada by up to 40 percent.

I’m pleased to say that negotiations are proceeding well—in fact, the sixth round of negotiations is being hosted in Canada this very week.

Canada is ready.

We are ready to accelerate progress because we know how many benefits would come from an ambitious and comprehensive deal.

An Economic Partnership Agreement will help unlock the full potential of our economic relationship by making it easier and less costly for our companies to do business together.

It would give businesses a stronger investment framework, with enhanced protection and stability.

It would allow us to strengthen bilateral trade and investment opportunities in many areas of mutual interest—including natural resources, agriculture and agri-food products, and manufactured products in the chemical, automotive and forestry sectors.

For importers and consumers, an agreement would lead to greater choice at competitive prices for high-quality Canadian inputs and goods and could serve to enhance energy and food security in Japan.

Canada also has a solid reputation here as a trusted source of safe food products. Canadian foods are part of everyday life in Japan.

Last year, Japan imported over $4 billion worth of agriculture and agri-food products from Canada, including a diverse group of goods.

For Japanese exporters, an Economic Partnership Agreement would enhance their market access in Canada.

It would level the playing field with other Asian countries such as South Korea, which just concluded a free trade agreement with Canada.

But an agreement would go far beyond imports and exports.

And it would contribute to job creation and increased GDP.

Ladies and gentlemen, you and I both know that the benefits of this agreement would be immense.

As two free-market economies, Canada and Japan need to work together to liberalize trade and take advantage of every single opportunity we have before us.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiation is but another opportunity, right before our eyes.

Our view has long been that the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the economic partnership agreement are mutually reinforcing initiatives.

We can, and must, pursue them in parallel. The incentives are far too great, and the future prosperity of our peoples is much too important.

Ladies and gentlemen, you’ve been generous with your time, and I would like to end by simply saying that while our governments work to complete these agreements and others that sit before us—we know that it will simply be the first step.

But we cannot get this done alone.

We need leadership like we see here today, the leadership on which Keidanren was built.

We need your help and that of those like you.

The drivers of our economies.

The investors in our future.

The time to move forward is now, because the rewards for our people are far too great.

A young Japanese man set sail for Canada in 1877—his name, Manzo Nagano. Forever immortalized in the name of a mountain north of Vancouver Island, he was the first connection made between our two countries, the first recorded immigrant from Japan.

He embodied the full character of the Japanese people—honourable and hard-working.

A carpenter in his hometown of Nagasaki, a fisherman in Canada.

Working his way up to run a lumber mill, a restaurant and then a hotel. However, he made his fortune exporting pickled salmon back to Japan.

Tens of thousands have made that same voyage in the 137 years since Manzo landed on our west coast.

The trials and the triumphs we’ve faced as two nations since Manzo’s time have been great.

But our shared history has fortunately brought us to today.

In Canada, Japan has a trusted ally, a forthright partner—and an eternal friend.

Arigato. Thank you for your time and attention today.

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Government of Canada invests in the Korean War Royal Canadian Navy Destroyers Monument

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July 28, 2014 – Burlington, Ontario – Veterans Affairs Canada

The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs, today participated in an unveiling of the Korean War Royal Canadian Navy Destroyers Monument on the Naval Veterans Promenade in Spencer Smith Park, Burlington, ON.

The monument, funded in part through Veterans Affairs Canada’s Community War Memorial Program, is dedicated to eight Royal Canadian Navy ships that served in the waters off Korea from 1950 to 1955. Made of black granite, it is inscribed with the names of nine crew members that were either killed in action or lost at sea.

Quick Facts

  • The Korea Veterans Association of Canada, Unit 26 (Hamilton) received $25,000 through Veterans Affairs Canada’s Community War Memorial Program (CWMP) for the construction of the Korean War RCN Destroyers Monument located in Burlington, Ontario.
  • Across the country, there are more than 6,000 local cenotaphs and monuments dedicated to Canada’s war dead and Veterans. #ShowYouRemember
  • For more information on Veterans Affairs Canada’s commemorative activities and programs, please visit veterans.gc.ca.

Quotes

“Our Government is committed to honouring the achievements and sacrifices of our men and women in uniform. Monuments such as this one serve as an important focal point for community remembrance, reflection, and commemoration. We are pleased to support the Korea Veterans Association of Canada in their efforts to pay tribute to the sailors who were lost in the waters off Korea.”

The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs

“We are grateful that the Government of Canada has helped us to honour the memory of Canada’s fallen sailors and all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice to serve this great country we call Canada. We will not forget them.”

Doug Bailey, President, Unit 26, Korea Veterans Association of Canada

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Contacts

Barbara Mottram
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
613-996-4649

Media Relations
Veterans Affairs Canada
613-992-7468

Minister Nicholson Participates in Unveiling of the Royal Canadian Navy Ships in Korea Memorial Monument

The Honourable Rob Nicholson, Minister of National Defence, along with the Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs and other dignitaries, participated today in the unveiling of the Korea Memorial Monument in Spencer Smith Park, Burlington, Ontario.

This historic monument is dedicated to the eight Canadian Naval Destroyers that served in the Korean War from June 1950 until the armistice of July 1953 and patrolling thereafter until September 1955. It will also honour the nine crew members who were either killed in action, lost at sea, or died in service, as their names will be inscribed on the monument.

Quick Facts

  • The Korea Memorial Monument sits adjacent to the existing Naval Ship’s Memorial Monument dedicated to recognizing the critical Canadian contribution to war at sea through the many hundreds of ships that served during the Second World War, under either the White Ensign of the Royal Canadian Navy, or the “Red Duster” of the Canadian Merchant Navy.
  • The project to erect the Korea Memorial Monument was initiated by members of Korea Veterans Association Unit 26 in Hamilton and The Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Haida Association.
  • The first Canadian military response to the Korean War, which erupted on June 25, 1950, was made by the RCN less than two weeks later when three destroyers, HMC Ships Cayuga, Athabaskan and Sioux set sail on 5 July for the Far East.
  • Over the course of the five years, the RCN deployed its entire available destroyer force of eight ships to the Korean theatre: the Tribal-class destroyers HMC Ships Athabaskan, Cayuga, Huron, Iroquois, Nootka, and Haida; the V-class destroyer HMCS Sioux; and the Cr-class destroyer HMCS Crusader. All of these ships made multiple deployments, typically for a year at a time away from home port; and they performed a variety of tasks, including escort, interdiction, fire support at points around the peninsula, and maintenance of sea control that enabled land forces to operate freely without concern of threats from the sea.
  • Today’s Royal Canadian Navy continues the legacy of swift reply to the call of duty,  comprised of an agile and flexible fleet of ships and submarines capable of responding rapidly and decisively whenever and where ever called upon to do so by the Government of Canada.

Quotes

“We must always remain grateful to our veterans of the Korean War, which was one of Canada’s most important military engagements. It is imperative that those who fought and gave their lives are not forgotten. I applaud the work done to create this monument, which will help preserve the legacy of our Veterans and a chapter in our nation’s history.”

The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls and
Minister of National Defence

“Monuments like the one in Burlington are a focal point for community remembrance, reflection and commemoration. Over the coming years, the Government of Canada will recognize the centennial of the First World War and the 75th anniversary of the Second World War. This is a time for all Canadians to recognize our proud heritage and honour those who served and continue to serve our country by upholding the values of peace and freedom.”

The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs

“This monument will be a lasting tribute to the sailors who served during this conflict and the ships they sailed on. It speaks to the proud history of the Royal Canadian Navy and its enduring contributions to international peace and security.”

Vice Admiral Mark Norman, Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy

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Contacts

Media Relations
Department of National Defence
Phone: (613) 996-2353
Toll-Free: 1 866 377-0811

For more information on the Royal Canadian Navy please visit www.navy-marine.forces.gc.ca or follow us @RCN_MRC

Minister Fantino Marks Korean Armistice and Korean War Veterans Day

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Ottawa – The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs, today issued the following statement to recognize the anniversary of the signing of the Korean Armistice Agreement and Korean War Veterans Day.

“Today, we take time to reflect on the bravery and sacrifice of more than 26,000 Canadians who served during the Korean War. More than 60 years ago, these young men and women left their homes and families—put their entire lives on hold—to travel halfway around the world to fight for the freedom of a people they knew very little about. In all, 516 Canadians courageously lost their lives in an effort to defend the democratic rights of what is known today as the Republic of Korea.

“In 2013, the Government of Canada officially declared July 27th as Korean War Veterans Day. This year, on the 61st anniversary of the signing of the Korean Armistice Agreement, I encourage all Canadians to take a moment to think about the contributions of those who served in the Korean War and all conflicts in our history.”

For more information on the Korean Armistice and Korean War Veterans Day, visit veterans.gc.ca.

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Media inquiries

Barbara Mottram
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
613-996-4649

Media Relations
Veterans Affairs Canada
613-992-7468

Press release Eurosystem and EMEAP central banks hold seventh high-level policy dialogue

26 July 2014 – Eurosystem and EMEAP central banks hold seventh high-level policy dialogue

Governors and high-level representatives of the Eurosystem [1] and EMEAP [2] central banks met in Bangkok for their seventh high-level policy dialogue. The event was co-hosted by the Bank of Thailand, which currently holds the chair of EMEAP, and the European Central Bank. The dialogue provided an opportunity for central bank executives from two major regions of the world to exchange views on key policy issues of mutual interest and to strengthen the ties between their respective institutions.

The Governors reviewed a number of topics, including monetary policy in advanced economies and its implications for emerging markets, as well as lessons from the crisis in the euro area relevant to monetary and financial integration.

This year’s meeting was particularly timely in view of the global recovery and progress in overcoming the crisis in the euro area. Still, uncertainties remain, and they pose important challenges for both EMEAP central banks and the Eurosystem when assessing macroeconomic developments and formulating policies. The dialogue contributed to a better understanding of key policy issues as the two regions become more interconnected.



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Press Releases: Assistant Secretary for International Security and Nonproliferation Tom Countryman Travels to the Republic of Korea and China


Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Nonproliferation Tom Countryman is travelling to Seoul, the Republic of Korea (ROK) and Beijing, China July 28–August 1.

Assistant Secretary Countryman will meet with senior ROK officials in Seoul July 28–30 to discuss U.S.-ROK civil nuclear cooperation and a broad range of issues related to joint efforts on strengthening the global nonproliferation regime.

He will travel July 31–August 1 to China, where he will meet with his Chinese counterparts to discuss a wide range of nonproliferation issues. He will participate in a roundtable at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. This event will be attended by leading NGOs and academic institutions with expertise on nonproliferation activities.

For more information about the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation, please visit our website: http://www.state.gov/t/isn/.

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48 Killed, 10 survivors in Taiwan plane crash
Thu 24 Jul 2014 at 08:52

NNA – Taiwan’s TransAsia Airways said Thursday that 48 people were killed and 10 survived when one of its turboprop passenger planes crashed after an aborted landing during stormy…

First general discussion on EU trade policy with the new Committee on International Trade (INTA)

European Commission

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Karel De Gucht

European Commissioner for Trade

First general discussion on EU trade policy with the new Committee on International Trade (INTA)

European Parliament

Brussels, 22 July 2014

Mr Chairman, Honourable Members,

Thank you for inviting me to the first full meeting of this Committee.

I am happy to see that the Committee has grown larger – which I think is a fair reflection of the importance, and even the respect, it has gained over the last few years. I am also happy to see quite a few familiar faces, but also many new faces – offering us an excellent mix of experience and new insights.

I sincerely hope that I will continue to work together with you in the same spirit of intense and constructive cooperation as with your predecessors in this Committee. You can count on me to remain as committed and transparent to this Committee as I was in previous years. My successor will need to have a very large shoe size if you consider what we have achieved during the last legislature. Indeed, our joint work with the Parliament and this very active Committee has in recent years contributed greatly to the conduct, legitimacy and accountability of the EU’s trade policy.

This Committee has been very active on the legislative front, adopting legislation that adapted our trade policy instruments to the Lisbon Agreement, as well as to the new global trade environment. This includes two important regulations related to investment policy, the review of the Generalised System of Preferences and the Enforcement regulation. I note with satisfaction that the compromises found between the Parliament and the Council fully respected the spirit of our initial proposals. This being said, there are still a few legislative procedures pending, and I will come to that in a minute.

We also managed to ratify and provisionally apply free-trade Agreements, such as with Korea, Colombia, Peru and Central America, offering EU business new opportunities in growing markets. All in all, more than 20 trade agreements, large and small, were submitted to Parliament’s consent during this term. Practically all passed with very comfortable majorities. This shows that there is a broad agreement on the key principles of European trade policy enshrined in our Treaties: open markets – both at home and abroad, a broad concept of the trade barriers we need to address, and a need to ensure we can compete on fair terms.

This is why the agreements that I just mentioned are new generation agreements, covering areas that bring additional value to the European economy – for example, services, public procurement, geographical indications, and a greater promotion of the recognition of EU standards.

These agreements are now being implemented, and are starting to bear fruit. The EU-South Korea Free Trade Agreement entered into force in July 2011. We see today the benefits of this agreement with a more than 20% increase in our exports during both the first and second year of implementation. A considerable part of your work will also consist of monitoring the implementation of these agreements as well as those that you will be called upon to approve in the next few years.

This Committee has indeed witnessed the finalisation of quite a few agreements that are now ready, or about to become ready for consent: the DCFTAs with Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova, which are now signed, our deal with West Africa, which will soon be ready for signature, and the political agreements with Canada and Singapore, where we hope to finalise the outstanding technical issues soon. Only last week, we concluded negotiations on an Economic Partnership Agreement with Southern African countries and with Ecuador on its accession to the agreement we already have with Colombia and Peru. One agreement I would still like to conclude over summer is with the East African Community. However, this shall not be done at the cost of our obligation under the treaty to safeguard human rights through EU trade agreements.

One last point on EPAs, before the end of the month, the Commission hopes to present a solution to Council and Parliament to help preserve preferences beyond 1 October for Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire, Botswana, Namibia, Swaziland, Fiji and, if the conditions are right, Cameroon too, in the light of recent positive developments. I cannot pre-empt a College decision by saying more but would of course appreciate the support of this Committee at the right time.

In the meantime, we have more than 15 active bilateral negotiations underway, including with the US, Japan, Mercosur, Morocco and Vietnam, which you will be called to monitor in the following months and years.

If you really insist, I could say something on TTIP. We had a very long debate in plenary only last week. And I would of course be ready to take your questions on the most talked-of negotiations in town. Chief negotiator Ignacio Garcia Bercero was with you this morning to report on last week’s negotiations.

I will only add to what you have heard a point I made last week. I am a strong believer in public debate and on my watch we have had plenty with this Committee and your colleagues in plenary. I am also conscious of my responsibility to present facts and substance, and not false truths about a negotiation that is not even concluded. We are not what our detractors make us out to be. The Commission negotiates on the basis of existing EU legislation and hears a very broad range of views on an almost-daily basis. We know where our responsibilities lie.

I will only have a few months left to work together with you under the mandate. And I hope that we can use this time to move forward on a number of pending issues that I consider important.

First of all, there are two legislative proposals that the Commission made in March 2012 and April 2013 respectively, the International Procurement Instrument and the Modernisation of Trade Defence Instruments. Parliament has considerably advanced but the Council is still examining them. The current Italian Presidency is very dedicated to move these files forward. I very much hope that this Parliament will resume work as left off in April, so that you could be in a position, when Council is ready, to swiftly move to negotiations and find fair compromises together.

A brief word too about a recent proposal on conflict minerals, which I am deeply interested in, for I have seen the human tragedies caused by trade in conflict minerals in Africa. The proposal is based on a carefully-thought approach to promote responsible sourcing from conflict-affected areas without disrupting legitimate trade without which communities have no viable economic livelihoods other than recruitment in armed groups. So I welcome the fact that Parliament is now in a position to start examining this important piece of legislation and I hope that the balance we sought can be preserved.

Finally, we have also proposed in June to extend autonomous trade preferences for Western Balkan countries for another five years. I hope work can start soon on this file, even if preferences granted to Bosnia and Herzegovina may be suspended as of 1 January 2016, unless they fully treat Croatian exports as EU exports.

As regards pending negotiations, we are moving step-by-step towards conclusion with Canada. Following the political break-through of last October, our negotiators have worked very hard to finalise all remaining technical issues and to transpose the elements of the break-through into legal text. In some instances this has proven more difficult than we thought, but I am confident that the end is now in sight. As soon as the negotiators have completed their job, you will receive the consolidated text of all chapters. However, it is clear that this is one of the most ambitious agreements we have concluded so far going well beyond what Canada conceded to the US in the context of NAFTA. This is no mean achievement.

The FTA with Singapore is the EU’s first agreement with a Southeast Asian economy, laying down state-of-the-art rules on the full range of trade issues. Negotiations in the investment protection chapter started later and are being finalised as we speak, to be included as an integral part of the FTA for signature.

In March, we have launched negotiations on an investment protection agreement with Myanmar/Burma. No Member State has concluded one with this country, so this agreement will give EU investors much needed guarantees for their investments. We will push for the inclusion of provisions on sustainable development, covering social and environmental issues of relevance in an investment context, and to promote Corporate Social Responsibility and responsible business conduct. In addition, negotiations with China will also continue.

Before concluding, I would like to say a few words about the multilateral trading system, which despite the many other efforts underway, remains the cornerstone of the EU’s trade policy. In December last year, Members of the World Trade Organization reached a historic agreement on several issues from the Doha Development Agenda, including a brand-new Trade Facilitation Agreement, and opening the door to further work on the DDA. We are also advancing on a number of closely related initiatives. Negotiations to liberalise trade in environmental goods and services were formally launched this month, and we are moving towards concluding the review of the Information Technology Agreement, to liberalise trade in several products not covered before. Lastly, work is also advancing on the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) to create a better playing field in trade in services, despite the challenge of how to dock such a large plurilateral agreement within the WTO system.

Body of fugitive S.Korea ferry busin

Body of fugitive S.Korea ferry businessman found
Tue 22 Jul 2014 at 09:02

NNA – A body found more than a month ago in a South Korean plum orchard has been identified by authorities as that of a businessman who headed the family that owned the operato…