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  1. 28/04/2017

    Mogherini leads frank ministerial discussions on future relations with Turkey

    High Representative Federica Mogherini today led what she described as "a long and frank, open exchange" by EU foreign ministers on future relations with Turkey.

    The EU respects the result of the recent referendum, but expects that the constitutional changes will be carried out based on the Venice Commission recommendations and the observation of the OSCE/ODIHR, and in an inclusive manner, she said at a press conference after the informal EU foreign ministers' meeting in Malta.

    "The European Union has a clear interest in a stable, secure, economically successful and democratic Turkey which is a relevant partner, a relevant player on many different issues. Our intention is not and will never be of doing anything that could damage Turkey or the Turkish people. On the contrary, we are seeking cooperation  - constructive cooperation on many different things - for the benefits of our citizens respectively: all Turkish citizens, all European Union citizens," Mogherini said.

    Turkey's EU accession process is not suspended, but there is currently no work ongoing on opening new negotiation chapters, she explained.

    "If Turkey is interested in accession negotiations, it knows very well what it implies, especially in the field of human rights, rule of law, democracy, fundamental freedoms including media freedom, obviously the death penalty, and the respect of international law and the principle of good neighbourly relations," she said.

    The EU will discuss with Turkish interlocutors the way forward, "from our side in a very frank, open, constructive, serious, but serene manner", stressed Mogherini, who also held a bilateral meeting with Turkish Foreign Minister Çavuşoğlu in the margins of ministerial meeting.

    The EU ministers had a working session with their counterparts from the candidate countries on the EU Global Strategy, and Mogherini debriefed them on Thursday's meeting of defence ministers.

    The EU Ministers also discussed how the EU can help Europeans manage the effects of globalisation and gain the maximum benefits from it.

    "We have exchanged in details about that, sharing the view that we have to use even more our common Union, to bring the European interest and agenda and values also on the global scene, using our European Union to strengthen our impact on globalisation," the High Representative concluded.

    Link to the full remarks:

    https://eeas.europa.eu/headquarters/headquarters-homepage/25302/remarks-high-representativevice-president-federica-mogherini-joint-press-conference-minister_en

    Links to the videos:

    https://ec.europa.eu/avservices/video/player.cfm?ref=I137227

    https://ec.europa.eu/avservices/video/player.cfm?ref=I137228

  2. 20/03/2017

    Resilience as a strategic priority – Share your views!

    Submit your feedback online and share your views on Resilience as a strategic priority.

    Resilience is one of the guiding concepts in the EU Global Strategy. Building resilience at home and abroad means creating a more responsive Union. The EU is focused on enhancing resilience in both states and societies, which includes improving good governance, accountability, and creating a better space for civil society to act. In particular, resilience-building is targeting the EU's surrounding regions in the East and the South, spanning from Central Asia to Central Africa.

    The European Commission and the European External Action Service will publish a Joint Communication on Resilience as a strategic priority in May. This Joint Communication will outline how the institutions can work with the concept to strengthen the effectiveness and sustainability of the EU's development, humanitarian, security, climate and environmental, and governance work in third countries.  It will also examine how EU external policy can help identify and address pressures that may test the resilience of states and societies within the EU.

    The European Commission and the European External Action Service would like to hear your views. Please tell us what you think about this proposed Joint Communication on Resilience. You can submit your feedback directly on the European Commission's website.

    If you want to learn more about the Resilience as a strategic priority of the EU's external action, please see our "State and Societal Resilience" section.

  3. 28/02/2017

    Mogherini to travel to the Western Balkans in early March

    High Representative Federica Mogherini will travel to the Western Balkans from 1 to 4 March. She will visit Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia, and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. During her visit to the region, Mogherini will meet with political authorities, including representatives of governments, of political parties, and of Parliaments.

    Ahead of the visit, High Representative/Vice-President Mogherini said: "For the European Union, the work with the Western Balkans, a region in the heart of Europe, is a key priority. I work to see every single one of the Western Balkans partners move forward on the reform path, towards the European Union, to ensure the process is irreversible. Regional cooperation and good neighbourly relations remain essential in this context.”

    Promoting the resilience of states and societies in areas surrounding the EU, is a strategic priority of the Global Strategy. As such, resilience in the Western Balkans is a top goal for EU external action.

  4. 27/02/2017

    EU priorities at UN human rights fora 2017

    On 27 February 2017, the European Council adopted conclusions on the EU's priorities on human rights in the United Nations for this year. They show the EU's strong commitment to the United Nations human rights system, including participating in its various fora.

    At a time when human rights are coming under attack the EU will defend and promote the universality, indivisibility, interdependence, and interrelatedness of human rights for everybody. This is in line with the EU Global Strategy which calls on EU institutions to ensure human rights are a central part of all EU policies. Strengthening human rights at home and abroad, is also an important contribution to the resilience of states and societies, which means they can withstand and recover from conflict much faster.

  5. 16/02/2017

    HRVP Mogherini discusses Africa and development with G20 Foreign Ministers

    HRVP Federica Mogherini and G20 Foreign Ministers gather in Bonn on 16 February, hosted by German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel. A special focus is on Africa and development. The EU, together with its Member states, is the world's biggest aid donor with €68 billion in 2015 alone.  The EU is revising the way it does development cooperation through the European New Consensus, which is linked to achieving sustainable development in partner countries in Africa through the External Investment Plan.

    This ambition also falls under the EU Global Strategy's strategic priority of building state and societal resilience, as well as mainstreaming the Sustainable Development Goals into its external action.

  6. 13/02/2017

    High Representative Mogherini underlines importance of EU-US ties

    EU High Representative Federica Mogherini paid a two-day visit to Washington for talks with the new US administration and senior members of Congress.

    "We believe that there are many fields on which we coincide and where it is vital for the US to work together with the European Union and for the European Union to work with the US, be it in counter-terrorism, be it economic growth, job creation. Having said that, we are maybe entering a time of a more pragmatic and transactional kind of relationship with the United States, based on EU principles and interests", Mogherini said. She also spoke about the situation in Ukraine, the Middle East Peace Process, migration, and the Iran agreement.

    During her visit, the High Representative met with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, National Security Adviser General Michael Flynn, Senior Adviser Jared Kushner and with several senators, in particular Bob Corker and John McCain.

    The High Representative also attended an event at the Atlantic Council: "A Conversation with H.E. Federica Mogherini".

    To watch a video from the event, see here.

  7. 13/02/2017

    Latest analysis on the EU Global Strategy

    Read the latest opinions on the EU Global Strategy and its implementation. The Strategy was launched to make Europe resilient in the face of crisis and preserve Europe's core interests and values.  Find out more about the European Global Strategy in our analysis section.

  8. 10/02/2017

    Seminar Europe: What's next?

    On 10th February, foreign policy experts took part in "Seminar Europe: What's next?" – a debate on the EU Global Strategy and EU-US relations hosted by the European Commission Representation in Poland. Alfredo Conte, Head of the Strategic Planning Division at the European External Action Service, also joined the debate.

  9. 06/02/2017

    Davos 2017 - Redefining Europe's Security Agenda

    As the European Union needs to respond to internal security threats, shifting alliances at its borders and changing transatlantic relations, what are the perspectives for a common security and defence policy?

    EU High Representative/Vice President Federica Mogherini joined NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg and others to discuss this topic at the World Economic Forum 2017 in Davos.

    The issues addressed include: Managing internal and external borders; facilitating intelligence, police and justice collaboration; integrating investment in defence research and development.

    See the entire discussion here.

  10. 23/01/2017

    Strategy for Europe’s neighbourhood: keep resilient and carry on?

    The EU Global Strategy sets resilience as a priority for the EU’s relations with its neighbours. Sven Biscop outlines that while it does signal a pragmatic and justified move away from proactive democratisation and regime change, questions remain concerning the actual focus and process of resilience building – especially when there is no benign leadership to cooperate with.

    Furthermore, at a time when global powers such as Russia, China, and the United States are engaging in fierce geopolitical competition, many countries are prioritizing national survival and security guarantees. As such, sovereignty and equality could be more practical objectives for the EU's engagement with its neighbourhood.

    For more analysis on the EU Global Strategy, see here.

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