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2014 – year in review NEW
David Lidington 2 Months, 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 12 Hours, 32 Minutes ago
Quick EU pop quiz. Which European leader said in December: “As the European elections showed, the people do not think that Europe must do everything. Europe must do the things that can be done better than we do them in the nation states.”...
Human Rights 365 NEW
David Lidington 3 Months, 2 Weeks, 21 Hours, 13 Minutes ago
Today is international Human Rights day; a day to celebrate the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. We should all take a moment to think about the rights that everyone in the world deserves, no matter where in the world they...
We should trust Ukrainians to make the right choice in Sunday’s elections NEW
David Lidington 10 Months, 3 Days, 35 Minutes ago
Ukraine is trying to find democratic solutions to the challenges it faces, and the international community must give it time to do so Trust in the ability of people to make decisions about their own future is a fundamental tenet of democracy. On Sund...
What’s life like for Crimea’s Tatars now? NEW
David Lidington 10 Months, 1 Week, 2 Days, 23 Hours, 20 Minutes ago
With the eyes of the world focused on events in south-east Ukraine, it would have been easy to miss what has been happening in Crimea in the weeks since its illegal annexation by the Russian Federation. Take the case of Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa D...
BoC Review: Making the EU Work for You NEW
David Lidington 11 Months, 3 Weeks, 14 Hours, 21 Minutes ago
Yesterday I attended a launch event for the fourth set of calls for evidence on the balance of competences between the UK and the EU. The consultations, which will be open until the week commencing 30 June, cover a range of issues including Education...
Europe – a chill wind blowing NEW
David Lidington 1 Year, 10 Hours, 5 Minutes ago
From my window in the Foreign Office, you can just about see St James’ Park, and it’s easy on a sunny, spring day to be infused with a sense of optimism and general wellbeing. But elsewhere in Europe, there is a chill in the air. I have j...
Economic reform in the Western Balkans NEW
David Lidington 1 Year, 4 Weeks, 1 Day, 5 Hours, 20 Minutes ago
The Prime Ministers of all seven Western Balkan nations were in London yesterday seeking closer economic ties with countries across the EU.  Speaking at a forum at the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development’s (EBRD) for investment...
Not Poles apart: Britain and Poland’s close relationship NEW
David Lidington 1 Year, 1 Month, 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 18 Hours, 54 Minutes ago
Guest blog by Robin Barnett, Ambassador to Warsaw 31 January was an important day in relations between Britain and Poland, key partners in the EU and NATO. Prime Ministers Cameron and Tusk met at RAF Brize Norton to discuss the ongoing crisis in Ukra...
Making Progress NEW
David Lidington 1 Year, 3 Months, 1 Day, 1 Hour, 46 Minutes ago
A little over a year ago, the Economist wrote a piece analysing Britain’s place in Europe. There wasn’t a lot of good news. Efforts to reform the way Brussels works were simply “making things worse” as “other countries a...
Human Rights Day 2013 NEW
David Lidington 1 Year, 3 Months, 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 1 Hour, 20 Minutes ago
As we mark Human Rights Day and celebrate the UK’s re-election to the UN Human Rights Council, it is worth reflecting upon how regional organisations can reinforce and complement the UN’s role in promoting and protecting human rights, dem...
A prosperous and stable Eastern Partnership is in the interests of all NEW
David Lidington 1 Year, 3 Months, 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 1 Hour, 25 Minutes ago
The EU’s eastern neighbours are an integral part of Europe. They share our European history and culture, and seek to build an independent and prosperous future as sovereign nations free from outside pressure and influence. Their importance to t...
Reflecting on the Balance of Competences NEW
David Lidington 1 Year, 4 Months, 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 12 Hours, 5 Minutes ago
I recently launched the third round of consultations in the Balance of Competences Review, the most extensive analysis of our relationship with the EU ever undertaken. The first six reports were published in July this year, with the next nine due thi...
Review of the Balance of Competences NEW
David Lidington 1 Year, 8 Months, 3 Days, 21 Hours, 1 Minute ago
The Government today announced the publication of the first six reports of the Balance of Competences Review. They cover an overview of the single market, health, development co-operation and humanitarian aid, foreign policy, animal health and welfar...
EU enlargement – now for the next steps NEW
David Lidington 1 Year, 8 Months, 1 Week, 4 Days, 43 Minutes ago
It is now a fortnight since Croatia was officially welcomed into the European Union. The cafes are back to normal in Ban Jelacic Square, the firework smoke is long gone, and from now on I will be sitting down alongside twenty-seven, not twenty-six,...
Europe in the world in 2023 – what will it look like? NEW
David Lidington 1 Year, 8 Months, 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 17 Hours, 38 Minutes ago
Guest blog from Margot James MP – Principal Private Secretary to Lord Green (Minister of State for Trade and Investment) Ten years ago, the world was a very different place. No one had heard of Twitter and there was no Facebook. Ten years befor...
European where necessary, national where possible NEW
David Lidington 1 Year, 9 Months, 4 Days, 9 Hours, 4 Minutes ago
“The time of an ‘ever closer union’ in every possible policy area is behind us”. So say the Dutch Government in their review of subsidiarity published today, a really important contribution to the debate on the future of Europ...
Kosovo wins recognition from over half United Nations states NEW
David Lidington 1 Year, 9 Months, 4 Days, 10 Hours, 43 Minutes ago
It has been over five years since Kosovo’s Assembly declared independence. Since 17 February 2008 many diverse countries, from Pakistan to Panama, from Swaziland to Sweden, have recognised Kosovo’s independence. And, this year, Guyana, Ta...
A startling statistic NEW
David Lidington 1 Year, 10 Months, 1 Week, 5 Days, 5 Hours, 35 Minutes ago
A startling statistic – over half the businesses that get help from UK Trade & Investment go on to win additional sales of over £600,000 within two years. The UK’s trade performance is often discussed in the abstract, or at the...
Europe – the big debate NEW
David Lidington 1 Year, 10 Months, 1 Week, 6 Days, 2 Hours, 10 Minutes ago
I was in Dublin last week for Europe Day, where I gave a speech about the future of Europe. There is always a certain frisson when a European audience invites a British minister to speak. The late Baroness Thatcher said once that if you believed ever...
Bosnia – time to move forward NEW
David Lidington 1 Year, 10 Months, 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 1 Hour, 27 Minutes ago
This week, at the British Embassy in Sarajevo, a memorial was unveiled to the 59 British personnel who lost their lives in the Bosnian conflict of the 1990s. Their sacrifice is a reminder of the strength of the UK’s commitment to a stable and s...