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.
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.
5 February 2013
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.
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).
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.
On 2-3 April, heads of state and government from around 80 countries are meeting in Brussels for the fourth EU-Africa summit. Other international actors are also participating as observers, including UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. This is the largest summit meeting ever held in Brussels. Sweden will be represented by Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt.
Today Minister for International Development Cooperation Hillevi Engström is visiting Kiev in Ukraine. She is meeting representatives of the Ukrainian Government to discuss the new development cooperation strategy for Eastern Europe, including Ukraine, which the Swedish Government recently approved. She is also meeting with various civil society organisations.
As the guest of honour at this year's Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, Sweden has a fantastic opportunity to promote Swedish literature and culture. A large delegation of authors, poets and representatives of the Swedish book industry will travel to the fair, which takes place on 30 April to 5 May, to participate in programme points that include children's literature, the Swedish crime literature phenomenon and eBooks. Swedish food and music will also be highlighted, as will Sami culture.
Sweden's Embassy in Abu Dhabi is in charge of the project, and prior to the fair it will launch two Facebook apps that will provide information about Sweden's participation, image material and in-depth interviews with the participants. See the links.
Minister for International Development Cooperation Hillevi Engström and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) are today co-hosting a forum on freedom from violence.
Over 150 participants from 30 organisations will take part. The UN, the World Bank, academics, think tanks and civil society organisations will discuss the links between violence, conflict, poverty and development.
On Thursday evening Ms Engström met Timor-Leste's Minister of Finance and co-chair of the International Dialogue of Peacebuilding and Statebuilding Emilia Pires, UK Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development Lynne Featherstone and UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zainab Bangura.
On 17-21 March, Minister for Trade Ewa Björling and Crown Princess Victoria are visiting Ghana and Tanzania to deepen bilateral relations and increase trade with the two countries.
Minister for Trade Ewa Björling and Crown Princess Victoria continued their African journey on Thursday in Tanzania, where they met President Jakaya Kikwete and Minister for Industry and Trade Abdallah Kigoda. The meetings emphasised the long history of relations and cooperation between Sweden and Tanzania, which in the past have largely been a matter of development assistance but are now changing as Tanzania develops.
Deal signed during promotion trip
During a promotion trip to Ghana, Scania signed a business deal with Ghana on the sale of 300 buses and accessories.
"This is a good example of a Swedish company, having identified an export opening, being backed up with industrious trade promotion by Sweden. I really welcome this deal and congratulate both Scania and Ghana," says Dr Björling.