PSC appoints the EU Force Commander for Atalanta Mission

The Political and Security Commission (PSC), has adopted Decision Atalanta/1/2008 (2008/888/CFSP), on the appointment of an EU Force Commander for the European Union military operation to contribute to the deterrence, prevention and repression of acts of piracy and armed robbery off the Somali coast (Atalanta).

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November, 25th, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

November, 25th, will mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. The European Commission underlines its commitment to fight any form and expression of gender-based violence and to protect and reintegrate victims, in close cooperation with Member States and civil society organisations.

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The EU and agree Georgia on the status of the EUMM in Georgia

This Agreement follows the negotiations between the European Union and Georgia in order to set the status for the European Union Monitoring Mission in Georgia and its personnel.

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The G20 adopt a common declaration on the Financial Markets and the World Economy

The summit of the main countries and institutions concerned by the financial crisis, held in Washington on November, 15th 2008, brought together the Heads of State and Government of the G20, the Secretary General of the United Nations, the Director General of the IMF, the President of the World Bank, the President of the European Commission and the President of the Financial Stability Forum. They jointly adopted a common declaration aiming to strengthen cooperation between the countries in order to tackle this crises situation.

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A level playing field for financial information services in China

The EU and China, together with the United States and Canada, reached on November, 13th, a landmark agreement on the treatment of financial information services in China. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed in Geneva addresses the concerns that had led the European Commission to launch WTO consultations on this matter in March 2008. The changes are due to be put in place by June, 1st, 2009.

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EDPS welcomes EU/US information sharing for law enforcement purposes, but stresses the need for further developments

On November, 10th, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) adopted an opinion on the Final Report by the EU-US High Level Contact Group on information sharing and privacy and personal data protection, which was presented by the Presidency of the European Union (EU) in June 2008. The Report defines common principles on privacy and data protection as a first step towards the exchange of information between the EU and the United States (US) to fight terrorism and serious transnational crime. It also identifies options for a possible instrument that would apply the agreed common principles to data transfers.

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EU adopts joint action to launch “Atalanta” operation against piracy in the Somali coast

The Official Journal of the European Union published on November, 12th, 2008, the Council Joint Action 2008/851/CFSP adopted on November, 10th, on a European Union military operation to contribute to the deterrence, prevention and repression of acts of piracy and armed robbery off the Somali coast. This action comes after the UNSC's and the Council's expressions of concern about the upsurge of piracy attacks off the Somali coast, which affect humanitarian efforts and international maritime traffic in the region and contribute to continued violations of the UN arms embargo.

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Tender to insurance tje CFSP special advisers

The EC has published a call for tender related to health and high risk insurance — Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) and Instrument for Stability.

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Reaching an EU common voice for the G20 Summit

European Heads of State and Government held, on November 7th, an informal meeting to consult on the negotiating position of the European Union at the G20 summit. The international summit, to be held in Washington on November, 15th, 2008 must pave the way for the reform of the international financial system.

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Commission adopts 2009 enlargement policy for the Western Balkans

Commission adopted its annual strategy paper for the EU’s enlargement policy on November, 5th, 2008, highlighting the role the EU’s enlargement policy plays in the Union’s strategic interest in stability, security and conflict prevention. The Commission also reviews the progress achieved in the Western Balkans and Turkey over the last year and spells out the challenges ahead, setting the agenda for accession processes in the area.

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"Union for the Mediterranean", a renewed political momentum into Euro–Mediterranean relations

The Conference took place at a crucial point in relations between the two rims of a strategically important region for an enlarged European Union. The Barcelona Process: Union for the Mediterranean, launched at the Paris Summit on July 13th, 2008, reflects the renewed commitment by all the partners to enhance dialogue and cooperation between the European Union and other Mediterranean rim countries. Three major issues were at the Agenda: a progress report on the partnership’s new concrete projects and their implementation, precisions on the new type of governance introduced by the Union for the Mediterranean, and political dialogue on the regional situation.

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