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    • Third Country Meeting · Press releases
    • Foreign Affairs, Justice and Home Affairs
    Eastern Mediterranean – Western Balkans route conference, on 8 October 2015 in Luxembourg

    On 8 October 2015 in Luxembourg will take place the High level Conference on the Eastern Mediterranean – Western Balkans Route. Jean Asselborn, minister for Foreign and European Affairs, minister for Immigration and Asylum, and Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Vice-President of the Commission, convened this meeting, in order to discuss with all relevant partners the importance of this route in the increased migratory flows coming from the Middle East.

    • PSC · Press releases
    • Foreign Affairs
    EUNAVFOR Med - EU agrees to start the active phase of the operation against human smugglers and to rename it

    EU Ambassadors within the Political and Security Committee agreed to start the first step of the second phase of the operation as of 7 October 2015 and approved the corresponding rules of engagement. The EU naval operation against human smugglers in the Mediterranean will be able to board, search, seize and divert vessels suspected of being used for human smuggling or trafficking on the high seas, in line with international law. The Political and Security Committee also agreed that EU NAVFOR Med should be renamed "Sophia" after the name given to the baby born on the ship of the operation which rescued her mother on 22 August 2015 off the coast of Libya.

    • Third Country Meeting · Press releases
    • Justice and Home Affairs
    Initialling of the

    Under the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the European Union, on 8 and 9 September 2015 a meeting of senior officials of the European Union and the United States was held within the context of Justice and Home Affairs. The so-called "Umbrella agreement" was initialed on the margins of the meeting. This framework agreement governs the conditions for transferring and processing personal data in the field of policing and criminal law. First and foremost, it aims to protect personal data transferred between the EU and the United States. The initialling of the agreement represents great progress after over four years of negotiations.

    • Third Country Meeting · Press releases
    • Economic and Financial Affairs
    Luxembourg's Minister of Finances, Pierre Gramegna, represented the European Union at the G20 meeting held in Ankara on 4 and 5 September 2015

    Pierre Gramegna attended the meeting of G20 finance ministers and central bank governors held in Ankara on 4 and 5 September 2015. He represented the European Union alongside Pierre Moscovici, European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs, and Mario Draghi, President of the ECB.

  • Updated 15-07-2015