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HMA Kate Smith Meets With Expats In Crete

British Ambassador Kate Smith CMG visited Crete to speak with UK nationals living on the island and to meet with local authorities and businesses

HMA Kate Smith CMG

HMA Kate Smith CMG

During her 2-day visit to the island of Crete, HMA Kate Smith CMG spoke to over 400 UK nationals about EU exit-related issues, emphasising that safeguarding the rights of UK nationals living in the EU has been a top priority throughout the negotiating process. Meetings were also held with local officials and businesses.

Beginning in Western Crete, the Ambassador met with the Mayor of Apokoronas, Charalampos Koukianakis, and Reverend Canon D. Bruce Bryant-Scott of the Anglican Church of St. Thomas, which is located in the region. The Ambassador then spoke to a large audience of UK nationals at the Town Hall of Apakoronas, providing official information and answering questions.

The next stop was the city of Rethymno, where the Ambassador spoke to another large group of UK nationals. Just outside of Rethymno, HMA Kate Smith CMG then visited the facilities of Creta Farms, one of the largest companies in the meat and deli meats sector in Greece, where she met with the Director of Industrial Production.

On the second day of her visit to Crete, the Ambassador visited the East side of the island where she met with the mayor of Agios Nikolaos, Antonis Zervos, and then spoke to another large group of British UK nationals who reside in that area.

Continuing on to Heraklion, HMA Kate Smith CMG was part of a very constructive round table discussion with the President of the Heraklion Chamber of Commerce, Manolis Alifierakis, the President of the Greek Tourism Confederation (SETE), Yiannis Retsos, and local businessmen who export products to the UK or are supported by British tourism. The focus was on the mutual interest of all to secure positive commercial relations, post-EU exit, between Greece and the UK.

The fourth and final outreach event took place in the town of Malia.

The meetings in Crete were organised as part of a wider series of such events being planned across the country, in an ongoing effort to reach as many UK nationals living in Greece as possible.

Climate, Environment, And Conservation: U.S. National Statement At COP24

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, Katowice, Poland

Judith G. Garber

Judith G. Garber

President of COP 24, Excellencies, and Distinguished Delegates; I am so pleased to be with you today. I am grateful to our gracious hosts here in Poland for their hospitality, excellent preparation, and leadership.

The United States supports a balanced approach that promotes economic growth, improves energy security, and protects the environment.

The U.S. record of accomplishment and leadership is clear: Our energy-related CO2 emissions have fallen by 14 percent since 2005, even as our economy has grown by over 19 percent.

As President Trump announced last year, the United States intends to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, absent the identification of terms that are more favorable to the American people. He also made clear that the United States will continue to be a leader in clean energy, innovation, and emissions reduction. Our National Security Strategy declares “The United States will remain a global leader in reducing traditional pollution, as well as greenhouse gases, while expanding our economy. This achievement, which can serve as a model to other countries, ?ows from innovation, technology breakthroughs, and energy efficiency gains, not from onerous regulation.”

The global climate conversation needs to embrace not only aspiration but today’s reality. The U.S. approach incorporates the realities of the global energy mix and uses all energy sources and technologies as cleanly and efficiently as possible, including fossils fuels, nuclear energy, and renewable energy.

This diverse energy portfolio is possible thanks to early stage research and development and private sector finance and innovation.

A quarter of our energy-sector CO2 reduction has come from utilizing natural gas. The U.S. natural gas boom is the result of years of U.S. innovation and R&D investment. General Electric, the U.S. National Laboratories, and American entrepreneurs all played a role in perfecting the extraction techniques that unleashed America’s natural gas revolution.

R&D and operational experience are bringing down the cost of Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage or CCUS. One hybrid coal and gas power plant in Texas captures more than 90 percent of the emissions from its flue gas stream. CCUS enhances our energy security and economic development and preserves the environment.

The United States is home to the world’s largest nuclear power industry. Thanks to significant investment by the U.S. Department of Energy and the private sector, the first Small Modular Reactors will be operational by the mid-2020s. They will be flexible, scalable, easier to finance, and capable of powering remote areas and micro-grids.

In 2017, the United States exported more advanced energy technology than any other country in the world. The United States is also the world’s largest oil and gas producer and the second largest producer of renewable energy.

In 2018, the United States announced new R&D funding in nuclear, solar, marine, and fossil energy. We are making significant progress in Smart Grids, advanced storage technologies, wind, and hydropower.

In sum, the United States will continue to engage our many partner countries and allies around the world to reduce emissions, to continue to adapt to climate change, and to respond to natural disasters. We will also work with other countries to develop and deploy a broad array of technologies, as we continue to promote economic growth, improve energy security, and protect the environment.

Thank you.

12-16 November 2018: HMA Kate Smith Travels To Northern Greece

British Ambassador Kate Smith CMG travelled to Northern Greece for a series of meetings with local authorities and businesses

British Ambassador Kate Smith CMG travelled to Northern Greece for a series of meetings with local authorities and businesses

British Ambassador Kate Smith CMG travelled to Northern Greece for a series of meetings with local authorities and businesses

The 5-day long trip to Northern Greece included a series of meetings with Greek officials, visits to local businesses whose operation is linked to the UK and speeches.

Starting from Alexandroupolis, British Ambassador Kate Smith CMG met the Mayor of Alexandroupolis, Evangelos Lambakis with whom they discussed the future potential of the region. She also had a meeting with the General Regional Police Director of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace, Lt General Nikolaos Menexidis with whom she discussed cooperation in tackling organised crime before their visit to the Evros area.

The Ambassador visited the port of Alexandroupolis where Chairman Mr. Christos Doukas briefed her on the prospects of this key Northern Greece port.

In Kavala, the Ambassador met Deputy Head of Region Mr Theodoros Marcopoulos and Kavala Mayor, Mrs. Dimitra Tsanaka and had very useful discussions about the challenges and the opportunities the area faces, with emphasis to energy given the significance of the completion of the TAP project.

Following on energy theme, the Ambassador visited the Prinos off-shore oil field operated by Energean Oil & Gas where the team briefed her on the operation in the area and the Prinos contribution to energy sources diversification.

The Ambassador also visited the Thrace Group plant in Xanthi – one of the top producers of Technical Fabrics and Packaging Solutions with presence in 11 countries, incl. the UK, in which 20% of its operation is taking place. She also travelled to Serres to visit the KRI KRI plant – one of the most dynamic industries of dairy products, with 50% of its yogurt exports being directed to the UK.

Moving on to Thessaloniki, the Ambassador addressed the students at the American College of Thessaloniki (ACT) on the relations between ‘Britain and Europe’ in view of the UK’s exit from Europe, touching upon to different perspectives on Brexit.

On Thursday 15 November, she participated in the THESSALONIKI SUMMIT 2018 joining a panel discussion on ‘European perspective and connectivity, industrial development and cooperation in the Western Balkans’ and sharing her viewpoint on the progress made and the challenges faced in the wider Balkans region.

This trip is included as part of a series of visits the British Ambassador Kate Smith CMG has been conducting across Greece.

UK & Commonwealth Services Of Remembrance In Poland

We invite you to join us at the UK and Commonwealth Services of Remembrance across Poland

Lest We Forget

Lest We Forget

In these Commonwealth Services we remember all those of the Commonwealth of Nations who gave their lives at sea, on land and in the air in two world wars. We also remember the brave people of the Polish Armed Forces who fought and died here on their soil and abroad alongside their comrades from the Commonwealth.

Dates of the services:

  • Kraków – Commonwealth War Cemetery (Rakowicki Cemetery); Tuesday, 06 November 2018, 10:40am
  • Poznań – Old Garrison Cemetery; Wednesday, 07 November 2018, 10:40am
  • Warsaw – RAF Liberator Memorial Stone in Skaryszewski Park; Sunday, 11 November 2018, 10:00am
  • Malbork – Commonwealth War Cemetery; Tuesday, 13 November 2018, 10:40am
  • Lidzbark Warmiński – Commonwealth War Cemetery; Wednesday, 14 November 2018, 10:40am

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Assistant Secretary Mitchell Travel To Minsk, Vilnius, And The Hague

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of State

Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs A. Wess Mitchell will travel to: Minsk, Belarus; Vilnius, Lithuania; and the Hague, Netherlands from October 30 to November 2.

On October 30, he will arrive in Minsk, where he will meet with senior Belarusian officials to discuss U.S.-Belarusian cooperation on a range of global issues.

On October 31, Assistant Secretary Mitchell will travel to Vilnius, where he will meet with senior Lithuanian officials, including Foreign Minister Linkevicius and Defense Minister Karoblis, to discuss regional issues and the bilateral relationship.

Finally, on November 1 he will arrive in the Hague where he will meet with senior Dutch officials to discuss a range of issues including security cooperation and the 2019 Global Entrepreneurship Summit, which will be co-hosted by the United States and the Netherlands in the Hague in June.

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