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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. 23/03/2017

    High Representative Mogherini discusses with Young Mediterraneans

    High Representative Federica Mogherini today met a group of young representatives from the Southern Neighbourhood and Europe to discuss a wide variety of issues affecting people on both sides of the Mediterranean. What makes today's dialogue stand out is the commitment of this group of young people and the willingness of the EU to engage the youth in political processes.

    In October 2016, Mogherini announced “a new initiative for Young Mediterranean Voices”, which would bring young Med leaders to EU headquarters in Brussels to “start a conversation and bring about real change”, to shape policies, to listen and to define actions to follow suit. This meeting today with 36 young civil society actors from 16 different countries from the Middle East and North Africa and the EU is a fulfilment of this commitment and marks the beginning of a long term and sustainable process of exchange and action.

    Following preparatory discussions among the youth on Wednesday, expectations were high for the meeting with the EU's top diplomat in a discussion moderated by Shada Islam (Friends of Europe) and Aissam Benaissa (Young Med Voices), which took place at the European External Action Service today. As one participant, Esmat Elsayed, from Egypt, put it: "The most important skill we've learned through debating is to put ourselves in someone else's place. Today we want to give you [Ms Mogherini] the opportunity to see our perspective."

    In a frank and honest discussion, participants used the opportunity to share personal experiences, identify common challenges, and suggest concrete solutions and areas for actions. Aissam Benaissa, an Algerian activist and founder of the Young Arab Voices in Algeria, underlined: "We cannot understand these issues from a European perspective only, or equally, from an Arab perspective only, rather we need to have an active dialogue across and within societies."

    Participants stressed that dialogue is not only an essential part of understanding each other, but crucially gives people a stake and place in society. Anas Talalqa from Jordan pointed to the fact that a large part of the population in the Middle East and North Africa is younger than 30, but feels isolated from political processes. They also explained that current education curricula are not always relevant to the current socio-economic realities and aspirations of young people which can compound the feeling of disempowerment.

    Offering solutions to current challenges facing societies in the region, the young representatives spoke of opening "new channels of communication between the generations and across the Mediterranean", as Aissam Benaissa suggested, and expanding cooperation within the Erasmus+ programme, supporting cultural mobility or through the "promotion of critical thinking" in schools and educational systems, as  Anas Talalqa from Jordan advocated.

    Looking ahead, the young Mediterranean voices and High Representative were united in their determination to create and deepen spaces for exchange, to ensure the involvement of all parts of society, particularly young people, in political decision-making processes. As Mogherini stressed, this dialogue does not represent a concession from policy-makers to young people, rather it is a responsibility of policy makers: to listen, but also to create new pathways for young people to get involved in the present, and not just the future. Christian Scharling from Denmark said, "we want to give concrete examples and common positions that you could take with you and bring to future meetings".

    Now "you go back home, first of all, keep the contacts among you, second, imagine common projects you can do across the borders, come up again with new ideas, spread locally the ideas, the impressions, even the anecdotes you have lived through this experience and follow up in concrete terms," concluded Mogherini.

    Stepping up our public diplomacy to include a great diversity of voices in the debate on EU foreign policy is part of the EU Global Strategy's emphasis on Public Diplomacy. Read more here.

  3. 18/03/2017

    EU working hard with partners to solve Libya crisis: Mogherini

    The European Union's work to help solve the crisis in Libya is all-encompassing and involves broad cooperation with its partners, High Representative Federica Mogherini said today.

    Speaking after the first meeting of the Quartet on Libya in Cairo, Mogherini said: "I would like to underline very clearly that the European Union's work and attention and priority on the Libyan crisis is something we do not see purely through the migration-issue lens. 
     
    "This is a humanitarian tragedy, we feel the responsibility to tackle, together with our Libyan friends but also together with our African friends and our Arab friends and the United Nations. Also because the trafficking and smuggling business is part of one of the problems that Libya is facing in this moment and the loss of lives ... is something we all have to take responsibility for to stop it."
     
    The Quartet was created when the United Nations, African Union and League of Arab States invited the EU to join their common work to find a solution to the problems facing Libya. The High a Representative will host the next Quartet meeting in Brussels in a few weeks' time. 
     
    The EU is currently implementing a practical package of support measures for Libya worth €120 million, which pays for projects covering the health sector, governance, security but also civil society, protection of people, youth and education. 
     
    The EU has already fully trained the first 90 Libyan coastguards in a programme to help Libya control its territorial waters, dismantle the traffickers' networks and in turn help the economic situation in Libya.
     
    Taking an Integrated Approach to Conflicts and Crises is a priority of the EU Global strategy. Read more here.

     

  4. 13/03/2017

    Nouvelles priorités pour le partenariat avec l'Algérie

    L'Union Européenne et l'Algérie ont adopté aujourd’hui des Priorités de Partenariat dans le cadre de la nouvelle Politique Européenne de Voisinage, lors du 10ème Conseil d'Association Union Européenne – Algérie.

    « Cette décision reflète un saut qualitatif dans notre relation bilatérale; c'est aussi le premier document-cadre politique depuis l'Accord d'Association entré en vigueur en 2005 et c'est aussi le premier document avec cette ambition, avec un pays partenaire de l'Union européenne en Afrique du Nord, » a dit Federica Mogherini, la Haute Représentante, à l’issue de la réunion.

    « Nous avons décidé d'approfondir encore plus notre coopération stratégique, notre dialogue sur les défis communs que nous partageons et aussi nos réponses à ces défis. En matière de sécurité régionale, nous avons discuté longuement de notre travail  commun dans le Sahel, au Mali, mais aussi en Libye et en Afrique, [de la] lutte contre le terrorisme et des autres domaines de coopération, comme par exemple la coopération en matière de mobilité, de migration mais aussi de coopération sur l'énergie. »

    Le deux partis ont parlé aussi des développements internes soit dans l'Union Européenne soit en Algérie. Mme. Mogherini a souligné les avancées démocratiques et les principes de bonne gouvernance et de l'Etat de droit introduits en Algérie par la révision constitutionnelle de février 2016, et aussi les annonces faites par le gouvernement algérien en matière de réformes économiques.

    La Haute Représentante a annoncé aussi que, suite à l'invitation du gouvernement algérien, l'Union Européenne est prête à déployer une Mission d'Expertise Electorale en vue des prochaines élections législatives en Algérie le 4 mai prochain.

    le partnenariat avec l'Algerie fair partie de l'effort de l'Union Europeenne  d'investir dans la résilience des États et des sociétés.

    https://eeas.europa.eu/headquarters/headquarters-homepage/22616/eu-algeria-association-press-conference_en

    https://eeas.europa.eu/headquarters/headquarters-homepage/22607/remarques-de-federica-mogherini-lissue-du-10eme-conseil-dassociation-union-europeenne-algerie_en

    http://www.consilium.europa.eu/fr/press/press-releases/2017/03/13-eu-algeria/

  5. 10/03/2017

    Fostering State and Societal Resilience in the EU's neighbouring and surrounding countries: Learning from the UN experiences.

    On Friday 10th March, the EEAS and the European Commission held a stimulating meeting with representatives from the United Nations on Resilience as a priority of the EU's External Action. See more about this meeting here.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 30/11/2016

    EU Foreign Ministers adopted common conclusions on implementing the EU Global Strategy

    On 17th October, EU Foreign Ministers meeting in Luxembourg adopted common conclusions on implementing the EU Global Strategy. Priorities are among others, Security and Defence, an Integrated Approach to Conflicts and Crises, building resilient societies and institutions at home and abroad, as well as linking internal and external policies, for example in fighting terrorism.

    Read more about the council conclusions here.

  9. 31/10/2016

    Upcoming LSE Event: Brexit and the EU Global Strategy

    On 17th November, the London School of Economics and Political Science will host a public event titled "Brexit and the EU Global Strategy". Speakers include Ms. Nathalie Tocci, Special Advisor to the High Representative, Sven Biscop, Director of the Europe in the World Programme at Egmont, and Professor Ben Tonra, Jean Monnet Professor of European Foreign, Security and Defence Policy at University College Dublin.

  10. 04/10/2016

    Delivering security in a turbulent world - Norway and the EU

    On 4th October, the Mission of Norway to the EU and the European Policy Center organised the event "Delivering security in a turbulent world - Norway and the EU". Norway is preparing a "White Paper" on the way forward for its foreign and security policy, to be published in 2017. Key speakers were Foreign Minister Børge Brende and DSG Christian Leffler.

    M. Brende stressed the unprecedented challenges for the global security situation, and urged Europe to strengthen its own security and defence. He stressed that the EU and NATO are complementary. DSG Leffler referred to the shared views between Norway and the EU on foreign policy, and mentioned a series of shared interests such as migration, the Arctic, maritime security, and ocean governance.

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