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Estonian President talks in Hamburg about European Safety and Security Issues

Today, Hamburg is hosting a meeting of all German ministers of Europe. Estonian president invited as guest speaker

The ministers and agents of the 16 German states responsible for European affairs are meeting today, 21 May 2015, in Hamburg’s city hall for the conference of ministers for Europe.

Estonian President is Guest of Honour

As guest of honour, the Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilvel will talk about security in Europe. In addition, there are other topics of discussion on the fully packed agenda. The Chairman of the European Conference of Ministers, Hamburg’s Secretary of State Wolfgang Schmidt and the city’'s Commissioner for Federal, EU, and Foreign Affairs, invited Dr. Emily Haber, Secretary of State at the German Ministry of the Interior to discuss the European asylum and refugee policy with the German ministers for Europe. Prof. Amrita Narlikar, the President of the German Institute of Global and Hamburg Area Studies (GIGA) will shed some light on the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Agreement between the US and the European Union (TTIP) and its effects on third countries.

Activities of the European Year of Development 2015

In addition, the EMF will also discuss activities planned for the European Year of Development 2015 with the Commissioner for Europe of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
Also on the agenda is the EU energy and climate policy. In addition, there will be a meeting with the participants of the management game ““Next Level: Europe. Game of Regions”, which has been funded by the European Commission plan to break down EU politics to a regional level in order to make particularly young people understand the principle of EU policies, and their impact for them. After the kick-off in Hamburg, the game can be ordered and used by all federal states of Germany.

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The conference of ministers for Europe was established on 1 October 1992. It consists of the 16 European ministers of German states, who meet two to three times times a year. The chair of the conference alternates between Germany’s states each year in alphabetical order. The term of office lasts from 1 July to 30 June. During its presidency, Hamburg will be home of the office of the conference of minister for Europe and will organise all meetings.

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