* EU and Angola Sign a New Cooperation Agreement 24 July 2012, Brussels The new cooperation agreement, entitled “Joint Way Forward Angola – European Union”, cover several areas, including peace and security, economic growth and sustainable development, good governance and human rights, energy, transport, environment, science and technology, and education. Please find more following the link. ———————————————————————————————————————————————–———– * Updated ISO/IEC 17024 Standard 24 July 2012 “ISO/IEC 17024:2012, Conformity assessment – General requirements for bodies operating certification of persons” guides organizations, that certify individuals in a variety of occupations and professions, protect the integrity and ensure the validity of individual certification programmes. More here. ———————————————————————————————————————————————–———– * The Republic of South Sudan is the 178th Member of WCO 18 July 2012, Brussels WCO have now 178 members after the Republic of South Sudan deposited with the Belgian Government its instrument of accession to the Convention establishing a Customs Co-operation Council. ———————————————————————————————————————————————–———– * CIS Countries Access to Customs Union The board chairman of the Eurasian Economic Commission Viktor Khristenko announced that the CIS countries will be able to join the Technical Regulations of the Customs Union (of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan) to have smooth and quick access to the three states’ single market.