July 20, 2019

Bundesrat President in Namibia

In the picture Bundesrat President Daniel Günther and President Dr. Hage Geingob – Picture by Staatskanzlei Schleswig-Holstein. 13-18 July 2019, Republic of Namibia: Germany’s President of the National Council Daniel Günther, Premier of Schleswig-Holstein, was on an official visit to Namibia, was received the country’s head of state, President Hage Geingob at the Presidential Palace. Their conversation was focused on investment opportunities for the German economy, and the framework conditions for them. Moreover the colonial past openly addressed by both sides as reported by President Günther. For a common future, the past must be clarified between the parties. Germany’s official position is that the…

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Ambassador Abadi Opens Calligraphy Exhibit

By Catherine van der Loos. His Excellency, Dr. Alireza Kazemi Abadi, the Islamic Republic of Iran’s ambassador to the Netherlands, opened “Drawing Dreams”, an exhibition of Persian Calligraphy at the “Iran House ” on Wednesday, 17 July. Ambassador Abadi warmly welcomed members of the diplomatic community, specially invited guests and other “friends of Iran,” who turned out in large numbers for the mid-summer event to admire numerous artworks by Azar Safari, Mahnaz Abedini and S. Kamal Mirkhalaf on display. During his brief introduction, he noted, that all of the calligraphic artworks being exhibited were created “locally” by Iranians and Dutch-Iranian…

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President Agius presents his first Progress Report to UN Security Council

United Nations – International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals Arusha, The Hague, 17 July 2019– The President of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (Mechanism), Judge Carmel Agius, today presented his first progress report to the United Nations Security Council (Council) since taking up office on 19 January 2019. In his address, President Agius highlighted the most notable aspects of the Mechanism’s work during the past six months.  Regarding the Mechanism’s residual judicial workload, President Agius noted that the Appeal Judgement in the Karadžić case was delivered on 20 March 2019 at the Mechanism’s Hague branch, stressing the timely…

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ICC marks 17 July, Day of International Criminal Justice

The International Criminal Court (ICC) today marks 17 July, the Day of International Criminal Justice. On this day in 1998, the Rome Statute was adopted. The Rome Statute is the founding treaty of the ICC, which created the Court and the Trust Fund for Victims. Marking the day, ICC President Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji stated: “There cannot be sustainable socio-economic development, where conflicts, atrocities and fear reign supreme. The fact that we have today a permanent International Criminal Court has changed the way the world looks at atrocities. The world expects accountability. Victims demand justice. The space for impunity for these…

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″Meet Hungary” business reception

 On 18 June, the Embassy of Hungary and the Hungarian Business Network (HBN) organized a business reception at the newly renovated Embassy building in the Hague. The event brought together 50 representatives of Dutch companies in Hungary, Dutch-Hungarian businessmen and international and Dutch governmental organizations. The event was opened by Ambassador Kocsis and Cisca Ansem, President of the HBN. Keynote speaker, Mr. Balázs Vajta, KLM Vice President Strategy, Captain of Boeing B737 gave a presentation about the KLM Royal Dutch Airlines.

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Embassy of Madagascar in Germany celebrated the 59thanniversary of the return of independence

Chargée d’Affaires a.i. Florence Ratsimba flanked by fellow diplomats. By Urs Unkauf. In rememberance of the independence from France in 1960, Madagascar celebrates the 26thof June as the National Day. This day is a celebrating day for the entire Malagasy population. On this occasion, Mrs. Florence Isabelle Rafaramalala ép Ratsimba, Chargée d’Affaires a.i. of the Embassy of the Republic of Madagascar invited the diplomatic corps and friends of Madagascar to a reception at the Embassy and Residence in Falkensee near Berlin. In her speech, Chargée d’Affaires a.i. Ratsimba declared: “The progress under way to learn and implement democracy following the state…

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German Public Prosecutors General in support of Eurojust

The Hague, 16 July 2019 During the meeting of the Working Group Europe of Germany’s Public Prosecutors General at Eurojust’s premises in The Hague, their support and appreciation for Eurojust’s operational support to cross-border investigations was reaffirmed. They stressed the need to safeguard the role of Eurojust for the future. In a resolution of 10 June 2019, the Public Prosecutor Generals expressed their grave concerns that the proposed financial resources for Eurojust in the next EU Multiannual Financial Framework (2021-2027) are far too limited to meet the growing demand for practical, on-call support to judicial authorities. This situation risks weakening the…

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Doubts about chemical attack Syria

In the picture H.E. Mr. Alexander Shulgin, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to The Netherlands with the team Russian experts at a press conference of the Russian embassy in The Hague on July 12th. By Eric van de Beek. The alleged poison gas attack in the Syrian city of Douma in April 2018 may have been staged, an engineering sub-team of OPCW’s fact finding mission in Syria concludes in an unpublished, leaked report.  On April 14, 2018, the US, France, and Great Britain launched a missile attack on Syria, in retribution for an alleged poison gas attack on the terrorist…

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Setting up a judical counter-terrorism register at Eurojust

Eurojust’s proposal to the EU Member States on the implementation and functioning of the European judicial counter-terrorism register on the basis of Council Decision 2005/671/JHA was presented to the national correspondents for terrorism at the annual Eurojust meeting on counter-terrorism. Following the initiative of France, Germany, Spain, Belgium, Italy, Luxembourg and the Netherlands, the setting up of the register was supported by the Special Committee on Terrorism of the European Parliament, whose Chair, Ms Nathalie Griesbeck, was present at the meeting. The proposal also received strong support from the European Commission and the EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator (CTC). The national experts agreed on practical steps in the…

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EU inks trade agreement with Vietnam

In the picture H.E. Ngo Thi Hoa, Ambassador of Viet Nam to The Netherlands. Sunday, 30 June 2019, Socialist Republic of Vietnam: the European Union on signed the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA), paving the way for tariff reductions on 99% of goods between the 28-member bloc and the Southeast Asian country, an ASEAN member state. The EU has described, as per Commission’s statement, the free trade deal as “the most ambitious free trade deal ever concluded with a developing country.” European Union Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström and Vietnam’s Minister of Industry and Trade Trần Tuấn Anh inked the EVFTA in Hanoi, three and a…

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