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Free trade agreement between EU and Canada finalised

The European Union and Canada have now finalised a free trade agreement. The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with Canada is the most ambitious and far-reaching agreement the EU has negotiated so far. It means that tariffs on industrial goods between the EU and Canada will be removed and over 90 per cent of tariffs on agricultural goods will be abolished.

Photo: usaid.gov/powerafrica Photo: usaid.gov/powerafrica

Sweden took part in US-African Summit

Sweden was one of the few non-African countries invited to take part in a side event to the first ever US-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington DC. The Summit reflects the growing importance of the new Africa in world politics. The invitation Sweden received acknowledges Sweden's role as a long-term partner in Africa's development.

Additional sanctions on Russia

The European Union is introducing additional sanctions on Russia. The sanctions are being imposed as Russia continues to destabilise Ukraine by actively supporting the separatists in the eastern parts of the country at the same time as its illegal annexation of Crimea continues.

EU foreign ministers discussed developments in eastern Ukraine and the Middle East

The downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 was in focus when the EU foreign ministers gathered in Brussels on 22 July. The ministers also discussed the worrying escalation of violence in the Middle East and called for a ceasefire. Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt took part in the meeting.

Raoul Wallenberg's sister Nina Lagergren receives the US Congressional Gold Medal. Photo: Dakota Fine Raoul Wallenberg's sister Nina Lagergren receives the US Congressional Gold Medal. Photo: Dakota Fine

Raoul Wallenberg honoured with US Congressional Gold Medal

On 9 July at a ceremony in the Capitol - the seat of the US Congress - Raoul Wallenberg will be honoured with the Congressional Gold Medal. The ceremony in Washington DC will be attended by members of Raoul Wallenberg's family, Speaker of the Riksdag Per Westerberg and Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt, among others.

Carl Bildt at the Atlantic Council think tank. Photo: Erik Zsiga/Government Offices Carl Bildt at the Atlantic Council think tank. Photo: Erik Zsiga/Government Offices

Bildt met Obama's national security advisor

The visit by Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt to the US capital, Washington DC, continued on Tuesday. The programme included a meeting with President Obama's National Security Advisor Susan Rice and a speech at the Atlantic Council think tank.

Bildt in Washington DC for Raoul Wallenberg ceremony

On Monday evening, Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt began his visit to the US capital, Washington DC, where he will be until 9 July.

Along with Speaker of the Riksdag Per Westerberg, Mr Bildt will take part in ceremonies celebrating the Congressional Gold Medal awarded to Raoul Wallenberg.

Carl Bildt in talks with Ukranian talks with Ukranian Prime Minister Yatsenyuk.

Bildt on visit to congratulate Moldova, Georgia and Ukraine

Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt is visiting Moldova, Georgia and Ukraine from 29 June to 1 July. On 27 June the three countries signed Association Agreements, including Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area agreements, with the European Unio. Mr Bildt is the first foreign minister from the EU to visit the countries since the signing.

UN resolution a Swedish success for internet freedom

On 26 June, the UN Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on human rights on the internet. The resolution, entitled 'The promotion, protection, and enjoyment of human rights on the internet', was adopted unanimously.

Then Prime Minister Carl Bildt signed the Accession Treaty on behalf of Sweden. Also present at the signing was Frank Belfrage, then State Secretary for EU affairs, Minister for Foreign Affairs Margaretha af Ugglas, and Ulf Dinkelspiel. Then Prime Minister Carl Bildt signed the Accession Treaty on behalf of Sweden. Also present at the signing was Frank Belfrage, then State Secretary, Minister for Foreign Affairs Margaretha af Ugglas, and Ulf Dinkelspiel, Minister for European Affairs.

20 years since Sweden joined the EU

Twenty years ago, on 24 June 1994, the Treaty of Accession heralding Sweden's accession to the EU was signed at the European Council meeting in Corfu. How did Sweden become a member of the EU? And what has membership meant for us?