04 May 2016
EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 04 MAYBrussels Daily
EU-Japan Leaders’ Meeting
European Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker, met Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzō Abe, on 3 May in Brussels. Prime Minister Abe is touring European capitals to prepare the G7 Summit of 26-27 May in Ise-Shima. In his statement, President Juncker called on the G7 to show unity and leadership in the face of complex challenges. “This is especially true of migration, one of the defining global challenges of our century,” said the President. “The international community must do its fair share, by helping to resettle refugees and by providing assistance.” The meeting also focused on the need to stimulate the global economy: “This is why our Free Trade Agreement with Japan is so important,” said President Juncker. “Our negotiations have progressed but now we must finish the job. I am confident we can do this before the end of this year.”
Commissioner Hogan on official visit to Northern Ireland on 9 May
Mr Phil Hogan, Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, will be in Northern Ireland on Monday 9 May. After participating in a farm visit in Warrenpoint organised by the Ulster Farmers’ Union, Commissioner Hogan will deliver a speech at the Europe Day reception hosted by the European Commission Representation in Belfast. He will then meet with Mr Noel Lavery, Permanent Secretary of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) of Northern Ireland, Mr Norman Fulton, Deputy Secretary of the Food and Farming Group at DARD and Mr Andrew Elliott, Director of the Northern Ireland Executive Office in Brussels. At the end of the day, Commissioner Hogan will deliver the 2016 “annual Gibson lecture” at the Medical Biology Centre at Queen’s University on the topic of the UK referendum and agriculture. Set up in 1999 in Queen’s University Belfast, the Gibson Institute for Land, Food and the Environment is involved in education and research in the areas of, among others, rural development, agricultural and environmental economics, land use and environmental management.