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Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt will attend the meeting Luxembourg. Photo: Catarina Axelsson/Regeringskansliet Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt will attend the meeting in Luxembourg. Photo: Catarina Axelsson/Regeringskansliet

EU foreign ministers to discuss Ukraine and Syria

The illegal Russian annexation of Crimea will form the basis of continued discussions on Ukraine when EU foreign ministers hold their monthly meeting in Luxembourg on 14 April. The humanitarian crisis in Syria will also be discussed. Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt will attend the meeting.

Minister for Trade with Ambassador Gunnar Lund and representatives of French trade unions at the Swedish Embassy in Paris. Photo: The Government Offices Minister for Trade with Ambassador Gunnar Lund and representatives of French trade unions at the Swedish Embassy in Paris. Photo: The Government Offices

Aiming for the largest trade agreement ever

On Thursday, Minister for Trade Ewa Björling is participating in a TTIP conference in Paris entitled 'The Future of Transatlantic Trade' on the free trade negotiations between the US and the EU. The TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) aims to create the world's largest free trade area and thus facilitate trade between these two continents.

An atmospheric nuclear test conducted by the U.S. at Enewetak Atoll on 1 November 1952. Photo: The Official CTBTO Photostream

For new steps towards a world without nuclear explosions

The Group of Eminent Persons (GEM) is a recently established high-level advocacy group to promote the global ban on nuclear weapons testing. Its members will meet in Stockholm, Sweden, from 10 to 11 April 2014, where they will also brainstorm with Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt on how to promote the entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT).

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Swedish furniture design success in Milan

On 8-9 April Minister for Trade Ewa Björling visited one of the world's largest furniture and design fairs, Salone del Mobile, in Milan. The visit was part of April's promotion month for fashion and design, areas in which Sweden holds a prominent position and has great export potential.

Minister for Trade visited the Netherlands

On 4-5 April, Minister for Trade Ewa Björling visited the Netherlands together with the King and Queen. The visit was part of the celebrations of 400 years of diplomatic relations between the countries.

"The Netherlands is and has been an important trading partner for Sweden. It is our seventh largest export market," said Dr Björling.

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