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EU Election Observation Mission Presents Final Report and Recommendations for Future Electoral Processes

Islamabad( Staff Reporter ) A strong democratic commitment was demonstrated in the 2013 elections. Despite escalating militant attacks, and procedural shortcomings, the electoral process progressed with high levels of competition, a marked increase in voter participation, and overall acceptance of the outcome. However fundamental problems remain with the legal framework and the implementation of certain provisions, leaving future processes vulnerable to malpractice.

EVEN EUROPE "ATTACKED" BY USA

Islamabad ( Monitoring Desk )France and Germany are urging the United States to come clean over claims that its intelligence services have been spying on key EU offices.A report in Germany's Der Spiegel magazine said European Union offices in the US and Europe had been bugged.

Other "targets" included the French, Italian and Greek embassies in the US, according to leaked documents later mentioned by the Guardian newspaper.

Fugitive ex-CIA analyst Edward Snowden is said to be the source of the leaks.

EU supports Pakistan for internationally traceable measurement services for industry

Islamabad; 16 May 2013 { Commerce Reporter } Internationally recognized accreditation of six laboratories of the National Physical and Standard Laboratory (NPSL) will foster the metrological activities not only in the country but also in the region.

This was stated by Mr. Shaheen Raja, Director General, NPSL on the occasion of the visit to these laboratories by the Ambassador of the European Union to Pakistan, Mr. Lars-Gunnar Wigemark.

Need for a further increase in the level of women’s participation in the overall political system urged by EU High Representative

Islamabad; 13 May 2013 { Diplomatic Reporter } Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, today made the following statement, following the elections in Pakistan on 11 May 2013:

EU will deploy ‘election observation mission’ - PM assures polls will be free, fair

Islamabad; 08 April 2013 { Diplomatic Reporter } European Union will deploy an Election Observation Mission constituting 11 experts, 52 long-term observers and 46 short-term observers to monitor the May 11 elections.The announcement was made by Chief Observer of the mission, a German Member of the European Parliament, Michael Gahler, in a press conference organised on Monday.

EU Ambassadors Meet Pakistan Business Council Members - both sides would lobby with the next government in Islamabad to promote Pak EU relations.

Islamabad, March 19, 2013 { Commerce Reporter } - Ambassadors of the member countries of the European Union based in Islamabad held a meeting with a delegation of the Pakistan Business Council on Monday in Islamabad. The agenda for the meeting included the creation of favorable conditions in the Country for promoting Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) as well as greater market access to the EU markets for Pakistani exports. Welcoming the PBC delegation, Mr.

The European Union resumes imports of Pakistani seafood to its market

Islamabad: 27th Feb 2013}- The European Union today decided to resume imports of Pakistani seafood to its market, taking another step forward in EU-Pakistan relations. The decision puts an end to a six year long voluntary ban of exports of fishery products to the EU by the Maritime Fisheries Department of Pakistan.

EU High Representative Catherine Ashton Expresses Regret on the Execution of Afzal Guru in India

Brussles, 13th February 2013}- The International Council for Human Rights - Kashmir Project (ICHR-KP) wishes to express its satisfaction with the statement issued by the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Baroness Catherine Ashton, regarding the execution of Afzal Guru in India stating:

Pakistan is undergoing a revolution at evolutionary pace; Sajjad Karim MEP

BRUSSELS; 24 JAN 2013-Ahead of the forthcoming general elections in Pakistan this year, Sajjad Karim MEP, Chairman of the European Parliament Friends of Pakistan Group, was invited to attend a high level roundtable in Brussels discussing the hopes and challenges of democracy in Pakistan . The Pakistani ambassador to the EU was also a speaker at the roundtable.

This is the breach of the de-facto moratorium on the death penalty observed by India since 2004-Statement by High Representative Catherine Ashton on Ajmal Kasab's execution

ISLAMABAD- Nov 23-Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the Commission, has issued the following statement:

"I am very concerned by the execution which took place early yesterday morning in Pune, Maharashtra. Irrespective of the merits of the case, I deeply regret this breach of the de-facto moratorium on the death penalty observed by India since 2004, which also goes against the global abolitionist trend.

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