Canada and Germany announce closer ties in agricultural research

Canada and Germany announce closer ties in agricultural research

Canada NewsWire

CHARLOTTETOWN, May 22, 2017 /CNW/ – World demand for food is growing and research and innovation will help Canadian farmers and food processors meet that demand. The Government of Canada is supporting science and innovation with key global partners to build the capacity necessary to take advantage of growth opportunities and create good, well-paying jobs.

As part of this effort, the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, today joined the Honourable Christian Schmidt, German Federal Minister for Food and Agriculture, in Prince Edward Island to announce that Canada and Germany will work closer together in four areas of agricultural research:

  • Sustainable agriculture and climate change, particularly in the areas of protecting soil and water and breeding crops that are more resistant to the effects of climate change;
  • Agri-food, including crop breeding for nutrition and health and reducing food waste and loss;
  • Sharing best management practices for knowledge and technology transfer to farmers and industry; and
  • Personnel exchange, including exchanges of scientists and students between Canada and Germany to build on opportunities for collaboration.

Canada and Germany enjoy close and friendly relations, reflected in their active cooperation on the international stage as well as their healthy economic and investment partnership. Germany has been a strong science partner with AAFC for over a decade, especially in the areas of crop development and animal health.

The Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) will give Canadian farmers, processors and exporters duty-free access to more than half a billion consumers across the EU, the world’s largest import market for agriculture and agri-food. This agreement will help generate jobs and grow the middle-class.

Germany continues to be a significant trading partner for Canada and is growing in importance both as an export destination and as a source of imports.


Canada’s bilateral trade with Germany has grown considerably and we look forward to continuing this trend as new trade opportunities are always being created in Europe for Canadian agricultural exports. Both countries share a deep commitment to agricultural research and science-based trade policies and this expansion of the already strong research cooperation we have with Germany will help accelerate innovation that drives sustainable economic growth.”
Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

“Together with Canada, we want to extend research cooperation and, in this context, jointly focus on sustainable agriculture, prevention of food losses and waste of food and the interaction between agriculture and a healthy diet.”
Christian Schmidt, German Federal Minister for Food and Agriculture

Quick Facts

  • Canada’s agri-food exports to Germany in 2016 were $321 million, which represents Canada’s eighth-largest export market.
  • Canadian industry estimates CETA will provide additional exports for our agricultural products of up to $1.5 billion per year.
  • Germany is a key science and trade partner for Canada and a leading member of the European Union.
  • Cooperation in science and technology between Canada and Germany occurs under the Canada-Germany Science & Technology Agreement, which was signed in 1971.
  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada researchers are currently working with German counterparts in AAFC scientific projects in the areas of crop genetics and diseases, agro-ecosystem resilience, horticulture, micro-organism collections and pork production.

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Albania’s Edi Rama Hails Political Settlement and Opposition Acceptance of Judicial Cleanup

Albania’s Edi Rama Hails Political Settlement and Opposition Acceptance of Judicial Cleanup

PR Newswire

TIRANA, Albania, May 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ —

Edi Rama, the Prime Minister and leader of the Socialist Party of Albania (SP), today welcomed his agreement with the opposition Democratic Party, ending a three-month stalemate over the opposition’s resistance to a program to remove corrupt judicial system officials from office.

Under the agreement, the judicial vetting system, a European Union requirement before Albania’s accession negotiations can begin, will now proceed prior to the elections. This constitutes a major victory for the prime minister who has been the main backer of the vetting despite strong political resistance. “Today we celebrate something very important: the victory of vetting, and as we fought for vetting we will fight and work to win against unemployment,” Mr Rama told supporters Thursday evening. “The fact that we reached an agreement, even at the last moment, shows that in the end Albania is a state with a strengthening democracy, which respects European values and deserves to continue its path to the European Union.” As part of the agreement, the elections will be delayed by one week, to June 25, which is in line with the country’s constitution.

Judicial reform and successful implementation of the vetting law are the key milestones that were designated by the European Commission for Albania in order to commence accession negotiations. “Our democracy is incomplete without the rule of law,” Mr. Rama said. “We must have confidence that our legal system is not being subverted by corrupt judges and corrupt prosecutors. We also need to continue and succeed in our fight with the drugs scourge, a problem that our government inherited and that we have pledged to combat vigorously. And for that we need our judges and courts to be beyond reproach.”

Mr. Rama paid credit to and thanked EU parliamentarians and officials and US officials whose efforts ultimately led to a package of concessions agreed to by opposition leaders in the early hours of Thursday.

About the Socialist Party of Albania

The Socialist Party of Albania, led by PM Edi Rama, is a social democratic political party which came to power in 2013 pledging extensive institutional reform and a stronger economy. As a result of the government reforms, the nation’s budget deficit has been reduced substantially, tax revenues have risen dramatically and restored confidence in the economy led to a 10.5% rise in foreign direct investment and 3.6% GDP growth in 2016. 

The Socialist Party of Albania is an associate of the Party of European Socialists (PES) and a member of the Socialist International. 

For further information: Endri Fuga, +355-4-227-7349 or in Tirana or Zhenya Harrison, +44-(0)-20-3397-2825 or in London.

SOURCE Socialist Party of Albania

Data Detox: Kaspersky Lab Helps Businesses Achieve Good Data Health, in Advance of GDPR Deadline

Data Detox: Kaspersky Lab Helps Businesses Achieve Good Data Health, in Advance of GDPR Deadline

PR Newswire

LONDON, May 10, 2017 /PRNewswire/ —

Withjust overa year to go until businesses within the EUmust become compliant with the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR),Kaspersky Labhas today launched an online hub to help them complete their journey to good data health and long-term business prosperity. Featuring an assessment tool to help gauge GDPR readiness, and resources providing practical advice to put into action, the website aims to give businesses the push they need to make it across the finish line.

Despite the impending deadline and obligations for businesses to strengthen their data protection practices in relation to the storage and processing of personal data – and the severe financial penalties[1] for non-compliance – new research[2] from Kaspersky Lab found that one in five (20 per cent) IT decision makers still have little or no awareness of the GDPR.

Whilst legal and information security teams, and those at the top, might have the bigger picture response to the GDPR in hand, those on the front line of data handling across other areas of the business might not be so prepared or even understand what’s expected of them. The online resource is designed to help make the responsibilities of businesses and individual employees clearer, through an animated video, interactive diagram and white paper focusing on the impact of the GDPR across key departments within the organisation.

For those businesses that have been burying their heads in the sand or indeed for those already a long way through their GDPR journey, an online assessment tool takes them through a series of questions to assess the current health of data across the organisation, and provide relevant advice on how to address key changes that will affect them.

GDPR is very much the topic of the moment due
to a growing anxiety about the potential fines and fast-approaching
deadline. B
ut despite the noise
businesses are still not
doing enough to get data practices in order
across all of their departments,
to meet their obligations.

In addition to working with legal or business consultancy specialists
it is important not to forget those dealing with the data on a day-to-day bas

With data security and safeguarding very much at the heart of our businesses, webelieve its our responsibility to help businessesand individual employees understand what good data health looks like and why its good for business. We want to encourage them to think about good data health not onlyin terms of compliance, but for the long-term success and well-being of the company, said Arno Coster, Managing Director, Europe at Kaspersky Lab.

Through careful planning and a proactive approach, businesses can achieve GDPR compliance and get their data in order. The online resource from Kaspersky Lab is designed to answer some of the questions businesses may have about GDPR and to steer them on the right path towards data protection and security.

To start your journey towards good data health, visit

About Kaspersky Lab 

Kaspersky Lab is a global cybersecurity company founded in 1997. Kaspersky Lab’s deep threat intelligence and security expertise is constantly transforming into security solutions and services to protect businesses, critical infrastructure, governments and consumers around the globe. The company’s comprehensive security portfolio includes leading endpoint protection and a number of specialised security solutions and services to fight sophisticated and evolving digital threats. Over 400 million users are protected by Kaspersky Lab technologies and we help 270,000 corporate clients protect what matters most to them.

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[1] Up to 4% of annual global turnover or up to €20 million (whichever is greater)

[2] Research conducted for Kaspersky Lab by Arlington Research in April 2017. Over 2,300 IT decision makers from across Europe, within companies of 50 or more employees, were questioned about their views and awareness of GDPR.

SOURCE Kaspersky Lab