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Foreign Minister Attends Europe Day Ceremony

By John Lee. Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari has participated in the Europe Day Celebration organized by the EU Mission in Baghdad. The Minister delivered a speech on the occasion explaining the level of the mutual cooperation especially after signing the partnership and cooperation agreement. A great number of the foreign diplomatic corps members in […]

PM Barzani calls for Int'l Engagement

KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani has received a delegation of European Union ambassadors and representatives who are in the Kurdistan Region to discuss ongoing political disagreements in Iraq. The joint European missions are holding consultations with various Iraqi political factions to reduce tensions and understand the role that the EU can play to build confidence. […]

FM Zebari Meets EU Head of Mission

By John Lee. Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hoshyar Zebari has met with Jana Hybáškova, Head of the European Union Mission in Iraq. During the meeting, the two sides discussed relations between Iraq and the European Union and ways to develop them under the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement signed between the two sides and was approved […]

EU-Iraq Agreement: New Opportunities to Boost Democracy

Iraq can enjoy new economic opportunities and receive a boost to its efforts to promote democracy and human rights in the country thanks to its first-ever framework agreement with the EU. That is the view of Italian Christian Democrat MEP Mario Mauro (pictured), who is responsible for steering the agreement through Parliament. He is recommending […]

EU Foreign Ministers Impressed by Progress in Kurdistan

The foreign ministers of Sweden, Poland and Bulgaria yesterday arrived together in the Kurdistan Region where they met President Masoud Barzani and Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani to discuss ways to strengthen cooperation and to talk about the latest political developments in Iraq and the ongoing crisis in Syria. President Barzani welcomed the three foreign ministers, […]

EU and Iraq agree Partnership Deal

The European Union and Iraq signed a partnership agreement on Friday, which in turn has opened the way for both trade and energy deals. The agreement also allowed a closer cooperation in combating terrorism, promoting human rights, and countering the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. The accord will allow continuous political discussions on bilateral, […]

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President Barzani meets Belgian and EU Officials

President Masoud Barzani this week in Brussels met Belgium’s Foreign Minister Steven Vanackere. He also met European Union officials to discuss expanding relations with its member states. President Barzani encouraged Foreign Minister Vanackere to move Belgium’s Embassy from Amman to Baghdad and to consider opening a consulate in Erbil. Mr Vanackere commended the political and […]

New Head of EU Delegation Visits Kurdistan

The new head of the European Union Delegation to Iraq, Ambassador Jana Hybášková, paid her first visit to the Kurdistan Region to discuss political and economic ties. In a meeting with Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani, recent developments, the current programs and role of the EU in Iraq, and the relationship between the Kurdistan Regional […]

Major Project to Improve Education in Iraq

On 6 June, the European Union and Government of Iraq launched a major programme to improve the future of young Iraqis.  The programme will be implemented though the British Council, the United Kingdom’s international cultural and educational agency.  It will: Improve education standards in 1,700 schools through improved teacher training. This will benefit 800,000 pupils […]

EU Rule of Law Mission Inaugurates Erbil Office

The Kurdistan Regional Government’s Head of Foreign Relations Minister Falah Mustafa Bakir yesterday met with the Head of the European Union’s Rule of Law Mission for Iraq and they inaugurated the mission's permanent office in Erbil. At a press conference after their meeting Minister Bakir and Mr Francisco Diaz Alcantud provided information about the European […]

$24m Programme to Improve Primary Education in Iraq

The European Union is contributing 17 million euro [$24 million] to improve access to quality basic education in Iraq.  The EU is partnering with UNICEF and the Government of Iraq to develop new education policies, build the capacity of the government, and mobilize communities to increase enrolment of girls and boys in schools and help […]

Conference Highlights Significance of Kurdistan Oil for West

Potential energy routes and energy security were discussed in a syposium in Brussels, according to a report from AKnews. The participants highlighted what it calls "the Turkish attempts to monopolize energy supply to the EU", as well as the significance of Kurdish energy for the West. The event was organised by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation […]