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Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With Belgian Deputy Prime Minister Didier Reynders

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of State

The below is attributable to Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino: ‎

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo met with Belgian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Defense Didier Reynders today in Washington. January marked the start of Belgium’s sixth term on the UN Security Council, and the two discussed critical areas for global security cooperation, including burden sharing, next steps on the political process in Venezuela, threats posed by China and Iran, and Russia’s violation of the INF Treaty.

Government Urges Businesses To Prepare For Changes To Animal Imports And Exports In A No-Deal Brexit

Guidance published today will help minimise disruption and allow continued movement of goods

Marsham Street

Marsham Street

New guidance has been published today to ensure import and export trade in animals, animal products, fish, food and feed can continue in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

This guidance will help to minimise disruption for users and allow the continued movement of goods, while helping to maintain our biosecurity, food safety and high standards of animal welfare.

In the event of no deal, to continue to export to the EU we will need to be listed by the EU as a third country. Negotiations are under way to secure this listing and we are confident it will be in place before we leave the EU.

In a no-deal exit the process for exporting and importing the products above but will change in the following ways:

  • As we’ve said previously, businesses exporting all animals, animal products and fish to the EU will now need to apply for an Export Health Certificate (EHC) before they export. This will make them the same as businesses who export these goods to the rest of the world who already have to apply for EHCs. They will also need to make sure their trade route passes through a Border Inspection Posts when entering Europe as well as being aware of wider customs requirements. The guidance and certificates are available for download from today ahead of use on exit day.
  • For those businesses importing to the UK, there will not be any new checks or requirements but importers will need to notify authorities using a new process. Businesses will need to use a new system called the Import of Products, Animals, Food and Feed System’ (IPAFFS). This will help to minimise disruption for users, allow the continued movement of goods and help to maintain our biosecurity and food safety.
  • Businesses importing animals and animal products from within the EU will need to use a separate interim system until the summer.

Food and Animal Welfare Minister David Rutley said:

Our top priority remains delivering a negotiated deal, but it is the job of a responsible Government to ensure we are prepared for all scenarios, including no deal.

If you or your business export or import animals and animal products or imports high risk food and feed you will need to prepare for a number of changes in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Our new guidance pages on gov.uk make clear what you need to do to be ready to continue to trade after we leave the EU.

To summarise the guidance published today, those who export animals, animal products, fish, should:

  • Download EHC certificates;
  • Arrange inspections by an authorised signatory for the EHC, such as an Official Veterinarian (OV), in advance of exports;
  • Familiarise themselves with a new helpful tool to find authorised signatories in England, Scotland and Wales
  • Review the current list of EU Border Inspection Posts on GOV.UK to help plan their journeys; and
  • If exporting most fish and fish products between the UK and EU you will need a catch certificate. Guidance is available at exporting and importing fish if there’s no Brexit deal.

Those who import animals, animal products, fish, food and feed should:

  • Read the guidance about how to import when the UK leaves the EU;
  • If importing high-risk food and feed not of animal origin, ensure that those consignments enter the UK at a Designated Point of Entry (DPE) which are available on the Food Standards Agency’s website;
  • If importing from the rest of the world via the EU, make sure that those consignments enter the UK at a Border Inspection Post (BIP) or a Designated Point of Entry (DPE); and
  • If importing most fish and fish products between the UK and EU you will need a catch certificate Guidance is available at exporting and importing fish if there’s no Brexit deal.

The IPAFFS system, which will replicate the EU Trade Control and Expert System (TRACES) process currently used by importers to notify authorities of imports of animal products, and high-risk food and feed from non-EU countries, will be operational for businesses importing from outside the EU on Day 1. Businesses importing animals and animal products from within the EU will need to use a separate interim system until the summer.

Defendants In Terror Financing Case Scheduled For Deposition In Spain

The Lawfare Project

The Lawfare Project

A defendant under investigation for raising funds for a designated Palestinian terror group disclosed to a Madrid newspaper this week details of criminal proceedings brought in 2017 by The Lawfare Project in Spain against Leila Khaled.

The defendant in question is accused of raising funds for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and handing those funds to Khaled.

By leaking details of the case to the press, the defendant has violated the confidentiality that binds both attorneys and parties in Spanish criminal proceedings. “While The Lawfare Project passionately supports free speech, we regard this disclosure as a breach of the duty of confidentiality,” said the Executive Director of The Lawfare Project, Brooke Goldstein.

The leaked information—now in the public domain—reveals that the leader of “Red Network”, a radical organization, raised thousands of dollars, most of which was delivered to Leila Khaled, a leading member of the political bureau of the PFLP, which is designated as a terrorist organization by the EU, United States, and others.

The National Court—a tribunal in Madrid with exclusive jurisdiction on terrorist crimes—has scheduled February 5, 2019 as the date for the deposition of three defendants on this matter, when they will be compelled to give sworn evidence to the court.

“Terrorism financing carries in Spain a prison term between five and ten years, with fines ranging from three to five times the amount of the funds raised. Prison terms are increased when the funds are delivered to the leader of a terrorist organization. Other than that, we are duty-bound to keep confidential the details of the investigation,” said Ignacio Wenley Palacios, The Lawfare Project’s Spanish counsel  who acts on behalf of the plaintiff.

Goldstein said: “When radical groups hand funds straight to Leila Khaled and the PFLP they are normalizing and endorsing terrorism against Jews and Israelis, and they are doing so illegally. I am confident that Spanish courts will use this opportunity to stop European groups—masquerading as ‘pro-Palestinian’—from funding terror, hatred, and bloodshed, and from being hijacked by those with a history of hijacking planes.”

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Ambassador Nathan A. Sales Travels To Denmark, Sweden, And Norway To Discuss Counterterrorism Cooperation

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of State

Ambassador Nathan A. Sales, the Coordinator for Counterterrorism, travels to Denmark, Sweden, and Norway the week of January 28 to discuss Iran-backed terrorism in Europe, prosecuting foreign terrorist fighters, and combatting terrorist travel.

Iran remains the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism. In recent years the regime has directed or backed terrorist plotting in France, Denmark, The Netherlands, Albania, and elsewhere. To address the threat of foreign terrorist fighters who traveled from Europe and other parts of the world to fight for ISIS, the United States is urging its partners to repatriate their citizens and prosecute them for the crimes they have committed. In December 2017, the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 2396, which obliges member states to use key tools to combat terrorist travel, including terrorist watchlists and airline reservation data.

Greece Ratifies Prespa Agreement

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of State

The United States welcomes the decision by Greece’s Parliament to ratify the Prespa Agreement. The leaders of Greece demonstrated vision, courage, and persistence in their pursuit of a solution to the name dispute, which will allow the future Republic of North Macedonia to take its rightful place in NATO and the EU. The United States applauds this historic opportunity to advance stability, security, and prosperity throughout the region.

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