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oint press release on the occasion of the visit to Canada of European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen

Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau hosted European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen for a two-day visit to Canada from March 6 to 8. During the visit, the Leaders drove progress on shared and urgent priorities, including maintaining a robust response to Russia’s illegal war of aggression against Ukraine; fighting climate change and accelerating clean innovation; pursuing energy security and sustainable economic growth; and promoting women’s economic empowerment.
Noting the one-year anniversary of Ukraine’s successful defence against Russia’s illegal full-scale war of aggression, the Leaders reaffirmed their unwavering commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. They condemned Russia’s egregious violations of the UN Charter and international humanitarian law, from the indiscriminate attacks on civilian infrastructure, to the forced deportation of Ukrainian children and torture of prisoners of war. The Leaders agreed on the need to ensure accountability for atrocities committed, including war crimes. They reiterated their support for international accountability efforts, including investigations by the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court and the Commission of Inquiry established by the UN Human Rights Council.
The Leaders affirmed the continued importance of timely military support for Ukraine, and highlighted the training provided to the Security Forces of Ukraine by both the European Union Military Assistance Mission Ukraine and Canada’s training mission, Operation UNIFIER. Prime Minister Trudeau announced during the visit that the engineering training component of the mission will be extended until October 2023 and that the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) will now provide advanced combat medic training. Leaders also noted the broader cooperation between Canada and the EU on security and defence, including Canada’s ongoing participation in Permanent Structured Cooperation projects. The Leaders reaffirmed the continued importance of close collaboration between NATO Allies and the EU in the context of providing unwavering support to Ukraine. The leaders visited the Canadian Forces Base Kingston to meet with CAF personnel who have deployed to Central and Eastern Europe as part of Operation REASSURANCE to support humanitarian efforts for Ukrainian refugees through Task Force Poland.
With Russia’s attacks on civilian infrastructure causing substantial damage to Ukraine’s electrical grid, the Leaders recognized the urgency of providing much-needed energy equipment. The Government of Canada has worked closely with Canadian industry through Electricity Canada to obtain items identified as priorities, including seven transformers that will be shipped shortly through the EU’s civil protection operation (rescEU energy hub). Canada appreciates that the EU has given Canada access to this hub, which will also support the future delivery of a growing list of equipment for Ukraine. The EU also continues its substantial mobilisation of civil protection strategic rescEU reserves of generators and transformers for Ukraine.
The leaders underscored their intention to continue to work together, along with G7 partners and many others, to increase coordination on sanctions, their enforcement, and export controls restrictions. The Leaders announced Canada’s designation as a Partner Country for EU’s sanctions regulations against Russia, resulting in better exchange of information and best practices to more effectively enforce existing and future sanctions.
With the effects of Russia’s full-scale invasion felt around the world with rising inflation, increasing supply chain instability, and food and energy insecurity, the Leaders committed to find practical ways to mitigate impacts, especially for the most vulnerable.Building on close EU-Canada coordination in the response to Russia’s war against Ukraine, the Leaders welcomed the forthcoming signature of an administrative arrangement allowing closer cooperation on disaster response and emergency management, sharing best practices to enhance prevention, preparedness, and coordination on natural and human-induced disasters including in third countries.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has forced millions of people to flee. The European Commission and Canada will continue to coordinate further related support and provide assistance to Ukraine’s most affected neighbours.
The Leaders also reaffirmed their commitment to Ukraine’s recovery and reconstruction efforts. Ukraine, Canada, the EU and other partners have established the G7 Multi-Agency Donor Coordination Platform to address Ukraine’s immediate and long-term needs. Recognizing the importance of mine action for Ukraine’s recovery and reconstruction, Canada is joining the EU and committing an additional $3 million to support an initiative to clear land mines and unexploded ordnance in Ukraine, complementing the over $32 million that Canada is already providing to support mine action in Ukraine. The EU is providing 43 million euros for the same purpose. Additionally, Canada welcomed the EU’s June 2022 decision to grant candidate country status to Ukraine, opening a pathway for accession to the EU and serving as a key driver for advancing Ukraine’s reform agenda.
Democracy and Disinformation
Recognizing that disinformation poses a fundamental threat to peace, security, and democracy, the Leaders agreed to further Canada-EU collaboration to counter foreign threats to democracy, including disinformation, through the G7 Rapid Response Mechanism. Canada and the EU will continue co-leading efforts towards developing a framework of operational principles to guide collective responses to foreign information manipulation and interference. Canada and the EU will also continue to support democratic governance globally, including through Canadian participation in EU Electoral Observation Missions (EOMs). The leaders reiterated their commitment to combat inequalities and discrimination by protecting human rights defenders and civil society organisations, and promoting human rights and fundamental freedoms.
Climate, Biodiversity, and Green Economies
The Leaders committed to accelerate work towards climate resilient, nature-positive, circular, net-zero emissions economies, and to create good jobs for workers on both sides of the Atlantic. Canada and the EU will continue working closely together to drive global progress on climate change at COP28, and to ensure an ambitious implementation of the landmark Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework agreed at COP15 in Montreal, recognizing the importance of tackling the interlinked climate and biodiversity crises together. Acknowledging that trade, investment, and policy reform are the key drivers of sustainable development and a green economy, the Leaders highlighted the vital role that the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and the Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA) play in this regard.
Prime Minister Trudeau also welcomed the European Commission’s intention to work towards participating in the Global Carbon Pricing Challenge, an initiative launched by the Prime Minister at the UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, which aims to triple the percentage of global emissions covered by carbon pollution pricing to 60 per cent by 2030.
The Leaders committed to further deepen our climate, environmental, and energy engagement, working towards the establishment of a Green Alliance between the EU and Canada, in order to grow economies that are climate-neutral, circular and resource-efficient in the coming decades. They looked forward to the High Level Dialogue on Climate this year, which will be an important step towards forming the Alliance.
The Leaders committed to exploring how Canada and the EU can improve collaboration in advancing low-carbon manufacturing, including of steel and aluminum, through bilateral and multilateral forums.
Reliable, affordable, and sustainable energy and raw materials
The Leaders reiterated their shared commitment to creating good jobs, delivering energy security, and leading on clean energy.
The Leaders reiterated their commitment to ensuring the security of supply of critical minerals and related value chains, both essential to building a net-zero and digital economy. The EU and Canada have strong cooperation in this area, including through the Canada-EU Strategic Partnership on Raw Materials. This collaboration is helping to deliver new trade and investment opportunities, while supporting the highest environmental and social standards and building research and innovation partnerships.
The Leaders visited Li-Cycle, a leading Canadian lithium-ion battery recycler that is creating a secondary supply of critical battery materials to meet increasing demand in North America and Europe. Together, Canada and the EU are building a stronger, strategic alignment on the full product cycle of clean technologies and other advanced manufacturing and recycling sectors.
Energy security in Europe remains a common objective as Russia continues to use energy as a political and economic weapon. Recognizing the essential role that clean hydrogen will play in decarbonizing our economies and in meeting global energy needs, the Leaders agreed to work together to lay the foundation for the development of reliable hydrogen supply chain between Canada and the EU as well as to develop common approaches to standards and the certification of hydrogen. They also expressed their strong intention to collaborate further on hydrogen and announced an enhanced Canada-EU action plan to advance the commercialization of the hydrogen industry and develop transatlantic trade.
The Leaders also committed to continuing to collaborate through the Canada-EU Working Group on Energy Transition and LNG that they announced in March 2022. This Working Group is developing sustainable medium-term solutions on key resources and energy that Canada can supply to the EU like hydrogen and critical minerals, as well as the global supply of resources like LNG.
Acknowledging the need to ensure security of supply in the nuclear sector and diversify existing supplies away from unreliable partners, the Leaders agreed to work together to assess and secure the supply of uranium and of nuclear fuel services on both sides of the Atlantic.
The Leaders also committed to continuing collaboration under the Canada-EU High Level Energy Dialogue to reduce methane emissions from the oil, gas and coal sectors, thus implementing the Global Methane Pledge and the Joint Declaration from Energy Importers and Exporters adopted at COP27.
Economy, Technology, and Research
The Leaders acknowledged the fifth anniversary of CETA in 2022, noting the comprehensive and inclusive free trade agreement’s positive impact in expanding economic growth and boosting job creation for both Canada and the EU. In 2022, bilateral trade in goods reached CAD 106 billion/EUR 77 billion, 66 per cent higher than pre-CETA levels in 2016. CETA is an example of Canada and the EU’s commitment to rules-based international trade and to reinforcing strategic industrial links at a moment of geopolitical instability. With this, the Leaders welcomed the recent ratifications of CETA by Germany and the Netherlands, and encouraged other Member States to ratify in the near future. The Leaders also spoke about how to continue collaborating on trade and sustainable development, including increasing trade involving small and medium-sized businesses and diverse communities. In support of this, the Leaders met with Canadian and European industry leaders, highlighting their contributions to the Canada-EU commercial relationship.
The Leaders emphasized the role of the digital economy and emerging technologies in advancing sustainable economic growth. As part of their commitment to further digital cooperation, the Leaders committed to pursuing an EU-Canada Digital Partnership with a focus on, but not limited to, artificial intelligence, research and innovation on next-generation networks, as well as greater cooperation on international connectivity and cyber security. This Digital Partnership builds on the already strong foundation of cooperation under the Canada-EU Digital Dialogue, where Canada and the EU are collaborating on emerging digital priorities such as online platforms regulation and emerging technologies, including AI and Quantum.
The Leaders also addressed the need for strong and sustained collaboration between researchers, institutions, industry, and governments to advance the frontiers of science and innovation. To that end, the Leaders looked forward to the conclusion of negotiations for Canada to become an associate member of Horizon Europe, the world’s largest collaborative science, technology, and innovation program.
Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women and Girls
Recognizing that women and girls play an invaluable role in building a more peaceful and inclusive future, the Leaders reaffirmed their strong support to gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls in all their diversity.
They committed to further Canada-EU collaboration in ensuring that the goals and targets on gender equality are effectively implemented. To that end, Prime Minister Trudeau announced that Canada will provide $7.5 million to the UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme on the Elimination of Female Genital Mutilation: Accelerating Change, and an additional $2 million to the UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women, which supports civil society and women-led solutions to gender-based violence. The EU has been supporting both initiatives with respectively EUR 19.5 million and EUR 24 million notably through the Spotlight Initiative.
The Leaders also committed to take concrete steps supporting women’s rights organizations and their critical role in advancing gender equality, human rights, and democracy. Prime Minister Trudeau welcomed the EU’s intention to join the Alliance for Feminist Movements, a global alliance focused on increasing financial and political support for women’s rights organizations and feminist movements.

Prime Minister Trudeau also welcomed the EU’s intention to become a member of the Equal by 30 Campaign, led by Canada, committing to work towards equal pay, equal leadership and equal opportunities for women in the energy sector by 2030.

Finally, both Leaders highlighted the strengthened Canada-EU collaboration from increasing trade through CETA to promoting democracy and human rights around the world. Reflecting the strength our relationship, President von der Leyen addressed Parliament in the House of Commons to highlight the unique ties between Canada and the EU and to mark International Women’s Day, the following day on March 8. The Leaders look forward to deepening Canada-EU collaboration on these and other topics at the next Canada-EU Leaders’ Summit to be hosted by Canada in 2023.

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Nine Restaurant Franchise Goes Global with $120 Million Crypto Crowdfunding Joint Venture, Led by Adnan Ashraf

Adnan Ashraf, a multifaceted entrepreneur with interests spanning pharmaceuticals, technology, and real estate, is embarking on an exciting new venture to expand the renowned Nine restaurant brand into a global franchise. With its reputation for upscale Japanese cuisine and stunning panoramic views, Nine has captured the attention of discerning diners worldwide, and Mr. Ashraf aims to bring this exceptional dining experience to numerous locations across the globe.

To realize his ambitious expansion plans, Mr. Ashraf has engaged in discussions with a pioneering crypto crowdfunding platform, forging a strategic partnership for a joint venture involving 100 stores with an estimated investment of $120 million. Harnessing the power of cryptocurrency, Mr. Ashraf intends to expedite the growth of the Nine franchise and achieve his objectives more efficiently.

The first milestone in this expansion journey involves acquiring a prime waterfront location in Canary Wharf, a prestigious business district in London. Serving as the flagship Nine restaurant, this iconic setting will exemplify the brand’s exquisite cuisine and offer guests unparalleled views. Mr. Ashraf’s vision extends beyond this initial location, as he plans to continue expanding into other prime spots in London and beyond, introducing the Nine dining experience to cosmopolitan cities worldwide.

By partnering with a cryptocurrency crowdfunding platform, Mr. Ashraf aims to tap into the immense potential of this innovative funding mechanism. Cryptocurrency not only streamlines the investment process but also attracts a global community of investors passionate about supporting groundbreaking ventures in the hospitality industry. This collaboration is expected to fuel the rapid expansion of the Nine franchise, ensuring that more diners can savor its exceptional culinary offerings and immerse themselves in the extraordinary ambiance that defines the brand.

Drawing on his extensive entrepreneurial experience, Adnan Ashraf brings a wealth of expertise to this venture. His track record of success across various sectors attests to his ability to navigate complex business landscapes and identify unique opportunities for growth. With his diverse business interests and unwavering commitment to excellence, Mr. Ashraf is poised to spearhead the global expansion of the Nine restaurant brand, establishing a network of exceptional dining establishments worldwide.

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Alliance Rental: Alexey Ivanov Latest Venture in Luxury Transport by Alliance Trucks

Alliance Trucks, the leading Japanese and Korean car dealer in Russia, is proud to announce the launch of its new luxury transport rental aggregator, Alliance Rental. The project is the brainchild of Alexey Ivanov, the CEO and owner of Alliance Trucks, a successful businessman, traveler, and blogger. With over 59 countries visited, Alexey Ivanov has gained valuable experience in the automotive industry, which he has leveraged to create Alliance Trucks, a company that generates a trade revenue of $50 million annually.

Founded in 2014, Alliance Trucks has become the biggest Japanese and Korean car dealer in Russia, with four authorized and certified workshops, warehouses in the capital, and numerous certificates of first dealer with top-rated sales and service quality. The company’s mechanic team has won different national and international competitions of professional skills, including the ISUZU GRAN PRIX, where they were the first Russian and second in the world.

Alexey Ivanov’s awareness and commitment to 10 corporate rules have enabled Alliance Trucks to achieve its current status as a respected and reputable brand in the automotive industry. The rules include prioritizing emotional intelligence, respecting corporate culture and business ethics, seeking opportunities for growth in every crisis, and being socially active and engaged in charitable projects.

Alliance Parts, Alexey Ivanov’s latest venture, is a cars and spare parts distribution business in the United Arab Emirates with a global partnership with different car brands. The company leverages Alexey’s life and professional experience to scale similar projects in different market areas.

Alliance Rental is Alexey Ivanov’s latest project, an aggregator that offers a one-stop-shop for luxury transport rentals. The project’s main idea is to provide all the luxury transport rentals that customers may need for emotional holidays, celebrations, dream realization, business meetings, or just for premium lifestyle in one mobile application.

The application, marketing brand, and all business processes are complete, and legal compliance with local laws, rules, and regulations is under process.

Alliance Rental offers taxi Rolls-Royce, luxury sport cars, yachts, helicopters, and aircraft rentals. Partnerships with operators of luxury services are currently being signed, and the project is ready to launch soon.

Alexey Ivanov’s mission is to make the world a better and cleaner place, live a long, bright, and memorable life, create a family, raise children, create and invent something that deeply touches the feelings of people, be a mentor, teach knowledge, and leave a significant mark in history, society, and culture.

For more information on Alliance Rental and Alexey Ivanov, follow him on Instagram at @a.a.ivanov

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Januthan Logathas: A video and photography professional who seeks to leave his name among the best in this area

JANUTHAN LOGATHAS was born in a small town in Switzerland and is the son of a Tamil couple from Sri Lanka. His father was the one who began to inspire him to become a video and photography professional, which is why he is currently widely recognized as well as having followed in the footsteps of his father who also worked in this profession. With time people started noticing his Instagram modeling shoots and he became very prominent among European Tamils.

His tik tok videos also boosted his image and recognition a lot as they were filled with a subtle humor that was very pleasing to his followers who were part of Januthan reaching a much larger audience.

People celebrated the German/Albanian co-worker combo in a peculiar way.

In addition, he was also the first Tamil photographer to win the renowned award for the best wedding photography from Radisson in Europe, he gained great popularity especially with the collaboration with Usha Jay in her dance video which achieved many views and this made his audience grow exponentially.

He knows that in order to continue growing in what he does, he must continue working very hard as he has done up to now, and all this with the aim of increasing his public and the quality of his work, and for this it is necessary to continue going through this long learning process in the one that advances a little more every day to reach the desired objective that is to position its name among one of the best in the video and photography industry. In his social networks you can find a lot of material about his work in addition to him also seeing content about his future works which are more than promising

To grow in this industry, you must continue to constantly learn, since this industry is very competitive and only those who know how to implement their ideas and creativity very well when creating new jobs stand out.

Unveiling Life Through the Lens: Explore the captivating world of talented photographer @jpresidento on Instagram and TikTok, as he captures unique moments that have earned him accolades at the Wedisson Awards. Discover his visually mesmerizing art at these links!

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