EU Statement on the detention of Gui Minhai
"We have been informed of the detention by Chinese authorities of Mr Gui Minhai, a Swedish citizen, who was at the time receiving consular assistance from the Swedish authorities, as provided for in the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations.
The European Union has raised Mr Gui’s case with the Chinese authorities and publicly on a number of occasions, most notably in January 2016 when the European Union had demanded clarifications on the disappearance and the status of Mr Gui, as well as four other Hong Kong residents associated with the Mighty Current publishing house.
The European Union fully supports the public statement and efforts of the Swedish government. We expect the Chinese authorities to immediately release Mr Gui from detention, allow him to reunite with his family and to receive consular and medical support in line with his rights."
Online appointment system for visa applications
Starting from 19 September 2016, all visa applicants are required to book their appointments through our FREE online system.
Please note every applicant must book a separate time slot. For example, a family of 5 has to book 5 time slots if they all want to apply for a visa. Families and groups may book different time slots on one day, but will be interviewed within one time frame if possible.
Once you have made an appointment, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with your reference number, date and time of your appointment.
Please be on time for your scheduled appointment. If you arrive late, you will not be admitted.
We recommend you read the information below carefully in order to be fully prepared for your appointment.
If you do not have all the required documents with you on your appointment, you will have to schedule a new appointment through the online system.
All applications must be submitted in person.
If you wish to cancel your scheduled appointment, you will have to wait 24 hours after cancellation until the system allows you to book a new appointment.
Online appointment system
Germany is seeking to become a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council. Former Foreign Minister Steinmeier announced the candidacy for 2019/20 in Hamburg on Monday (27 June). The elections are expected to take place at the General Assembly in June 2018.
Germany’s candidacy on the Security Council
www.make-it-in-germany.com is the official multilingual online portal for international qualified professionals. It helps them find out how to make a success of coming to Germany – from preparations in their home countries to arriving and getting settled in.
Working, training and studying in Germany
Essen awarded "European Green Capital 2017"
The German city of Essen won the European Green Capital Award for 2017. Essen was singled out for its exemplary practices in protecting and enhancing nature and biodiversity, good management of its acoustic environment and efforts to reduce water consumption. The European Commission handed over the title of European Green Capital from the 2016 holder, Ljubljana, to the city of Essen on 21 January 2017. Find out more about this European Green Capital in the link below.
"Essen is green"
Increasing difficulty for European companies to open bank accounts in Hong Kong
In view of the increasing difficulty for European companies, especially start-ups and new operators, to open bank accounts in Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) stresses that customers must be treated fairly and no legitimate companies should be rejected from opening bank accounts in Hong Kong. It is encouraged that companies file complaints with the HKMA's Complaints Handling Centre when their applications for bank accounts are rejected. Complaints can be lodged via the HKMA link below:
Hong Kong Monetary Authority