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31 President of the Eurogroup, Jeroen Dijsselbloem, gave this year's Europe House Lecture in the Hague

In his speech President and Minister of Finance, Jeroen Dijsselbloem, described the Eurozone as a community with solidarity among its members and an understanding of each other’s responsibilities. The euro crisis has put this community to the test. Doubts were raised about member states’ commitment to the rights and obligations within a monetary union. But the Eurozone took its responsibility - it showed significant efforts to help weak members and strengthened fiscal policy legislations at the same time. The work on the future design of the system is ongoing.

32 International Day of the Girl Child 2013

The recipe for emancipation and freedom for girls is education. Unfortunately in conflict areas, girls are usually kept at home. Therefore, Plan International organizes on 11 October, the 2nd international day of the Girl Child, an event about innovative ways to allow children in conflict areas to go to school.

33 Ministry of Foreign Affairs faces far-reaching budget cuts

In the coming years the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will face far-reaching cuts, with its budget to be reduced by a quarter by 2018. The first steps towards that goal will be taken in the year ahead.

34 9 September TEDx-event on Peace and Justice

Nine inspirational speakers give us their vision of the future of peace and justice. The big day for our TEDxHagueAcademy event is September 9th 2013, at the Peace Palace in The Hague, The Netherlands.

35 Ban Ki-moon opens ministerial conference on peaceful settlement of disputes

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is today opening the ministerial conference on the peaceful settlement of disputes that is being held as part of the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of the Peace Palace in The Hague. The peaceful settlement of disputes is one of the pillars of the United Nations.

36 Peace Palace celebrates 100 years as symbol of peace and justice

Next week sees the kick-off of international celebrations to mark the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Peace Palace in The Hague. Seen throughout the world as a symbol of peace and justice, the historic building is home to the International Court of Justice, the Permanent Court of Arbitration, the Hague Academy of International Law and the Carnegie Foundation.