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  1. 05/04/2017

    “Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region”

    Brussels Conference on “Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region” agrees holistic approach to the crisis and 5.6 billion euros in pledges for 2017

    Wednesday’s Brussels Conference on “Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region” agreed a holistic approach to handling the Syrian crisis, including massive financial assistance to respond to the humanitarian situation, backing for political work towards a resolution of the crisis, and a long-term vision to support a peaceful and stable future for Syria and the wider region, High Representative Federica Mogherini said today, at the end of the conference, which she hosted and co-chaired with the United Nations, Qatar, Norway, Kuwait, Germany and the United Kingdom.

    The conference, which brought together representatives of more than 70 countries and international organisations as well as international and Syrian civil society, agreed pledges for this year of 6 billion dollars (5.6 billion euros), including 1.3 billion euros from the EU, which remains by far the largest donor to the crisis. The EU also committed to maintain similar levels of support in the future, amounting to 560 million euros for 2018 for Lebanon, Jordan and for humanitarian work inside Syria, and to maintain its level of engagement also in 2019.

    “Today’s Conference has agreed on a holistic approach to the Syrian crisis,” the High Representative said. “The scale of suffering is such that a political solution is more urgent than ever before. Investment of political work in supporting a resolution to the crisis is key in securing a future, any future, but especially a free and democratic future for Syria and its people. Only Syrians can make the agreement that will secure peace… Sustainable and inclusive peace in Syria for the Syrians remains the objective of all our common work.”

    “The unity of the international community is today more not less relevant than ever and our common work is more not less urgent today, to bring humanitarian aid to Syrians and to put an end to the war.”

    The Conference condemned the use of chemical weapons by the government and Da’esh, as identified by the UN Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons Joint Investigative Mechanism, and the attacks on Khan Sheikhun on Tuesday, and called for it to cease immediately.

    “There must be no doubt that those responsible for violations of international humanitarian law or human rights – whoever they are - will be held accountable,” Mogherini stressed.

    “The international community is committed – today recommits – to working together to support a peaceful future for Syria and all Syrians in a sovereign, independent, unitary and territorially integral country where all Syrians will be able to live in peace and security.

    We committed to work for a sustainable inclusive peace while addressing the urgent humanitarian needs inside Syria and supporting the work for neighbouring countries in hosting over five million refugees,” the High Representative said.

    The Conference also highlighted that any lasting solution to the conflict has to be centred on meeting the democratic aspirations and needs of the Syrian people and providing safety and security for all Syrians, underlining that an end to the conflict can only be achieved through a genuine and inclusive political transition.

    Delegates gave their full support to the Geneva peace talks and commended and encouraged the excellent work of the UN Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura. They also stressed the role of civil society, including women's organisations, as a key part of a lasting solution.

    Attention was given also to the importance of achieving full compliance with the ceasefire agreed at the Astana meetings and the conference recognised the special role and responsibility that the three guarantors – Russia, Turkey and Iran - hold when it comes to its full implementation.

    The third theme of the Conference was a recognition of the important role played by the neighbouring countries, especially Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. Documents were agreed, setting out mutual commitments between Lebanon and Jordan and the international community.

    “In particular we need to support the economic development of neighbouring countries to address the impact of the protracted crisis as well as opportunities for Syrians to secure their livelihoods. We need to increase our work to reach the goal of getting all refugee children, vulnerable children in host communities and children in Syria into quality education. No lost generation can be accepted. Practical steps were agreed today to make this happen.

    “Finally – the fourth theme – we highlighted that reconstruction and international support for its implementation would be a peace dividend - a very powerful one - but only once a credible and inclusive political transition is firmly underway,” Mogherini concluded. 

  2. 04/04/2017

    The Future of Syria

    EU actions supporting Syrians and host communities

    The conflict in Syria is now in its sixth year, and has created the world's worst humanitarian crisis since World War Two. Millions of people are in need of emergency assistance such as medical and food assistance, water and shelter.

    In December 2016 the EU's High Representative Federica Mogherini launched the EU Regional Initiative for Syria. The initiative will bring together countries from the region to discuss post-conflict governance and look at how to approach reconciliation and reconstruction, once a political transition is firmly underway. This initiative could create conditions for successful intra-Syrian negotiations in Geneva, guided by the UN and strongly supported by the EU.

    The EU is hosting an international conference on the Future of Syria and the Region in Brussels in 2017, building on the 2016 London Conference and Kuwait conferences in 2013-2015. The conference will address how the international community approaches the political process towards transition, humanitarian aid and development assistance.

    The EU is the leading donor responding to the Syrian crisis, with €9 billion from the EU and Member States collectively spent since the start of the conflict in humanitarian and recovery assistance to Syrians in the country and to refugees and their host communities in neighbouring Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, and Turkey.

  3. 28/03/2017

    Mogherini at the 28th Summit of the League of Arab States

    The High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission Federica Mogherini is today and tomorrow in Jordan where she has been invited to address the 28th League of Arab States Summit at the Dead Sea.

    In the context of the existing cooperation between the League of Arab States and the European Union and with a view to further develop the important relationship, the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission Federica Mogherini is today and tomorrow in Jordan where she has been invited to address the 28th League of Arab States Summit at the Dead Sea.

    The Summit is the occasion for the Arab States and for the members of the international community attending, including the HR/VP, to discuss the current challenges for the stability of the region and common efforts to address them.

    In the margins of the Summit, the HR/VP has met with His Majesty King Abdullah II ibn Al Hussein of Jordan.

    Mogherini will have other bilateral meetings with ministers of Jordan,  the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and the State of Qatar among other.

    The Summit follows the meeting the HRVP Mogherini had yesterday in Brussels with the Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas to discuss the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

    Working with partners to strengthen Regional Orders is a priority of the EU Global Strategy. Find out more here.

  4. 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.


  5. 14/03/2017

    Towards an even stronger EU role in Syria

    The European Union plans to step up its support for Syria including support for post-war reconstruction. The proposal, presented by the EU's High Representative for foreign and security policy and Vice President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini, comes as Syria suffers its 6th year of conflict and following the resumption of the UN-led talks in Geneva, supported by a ceasefire mechanism established as a result of the Astana talks.

    "There is much the European Union is ready to do, together with the United Nations and the rest of the international community." High Representative Mogherini said.

    "The Syrians want peace, … , they want and deserve to finally have the possibility to shape the future of their country. We are at their side to support the future of Syria."

    The plan assesses the risks and threats posed by the continuation of the war to the EU's core interests, regional and global stability, and sets out of clear objectives for the EU's policy for Syria.

    Supporting the resilience of states and societies (hyperlink) in countries of our region is a top priority of the EU Global Strategy. The aim is to increase the ability to withstand and recover from crisis and conflict and help people build a future in their own country.  

    Since the outbreak of the conflict the EU has mobilised more than €9.4 billion in aid, providing life-saving humanitarian assistance and resilience support to the Syrian people and neighbouring countries hosting Syrian refugees. The Union will continue its intensive support for the UN political process in Syria and work to strengthen the Syrian political opposition and civil society, while remaining the world's leading donor to the Syrian crisis.

    These plans go hand in hand with the Brussels Conference "Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region” on 5 April 2017 that the EU will co-chair with the UN, Germany, Kuwait, Norway, Qatar and the United Kingdom.


    See Also:

    Video Joint Communication

    Joint Communication

    Press release

    Fact sheet

    Video Q&A

  6. 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.

  7. 06/03/2017

    Mogherini announces Syria conference and welcomes rapid progress in security and defence

    The European Union will host a major international conference to support the future of Syrian and the region on April 5, HRVP Mogherini announced at the monthly meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels on 7 March. The event will be co-chaired by the EU together with the United Nations, Germany, Kuwait, Norway, Qatar and the United Kingdom.

    The conference is part of the European Union's work on a regional initiative to solve the crisis in Syria to support strongly the UN work as well as to establish a regional and international framework for support, humanitarian work, and to enable a future for Syrian in their country. The EU's work on Syria is a good example of the integrated approach to crises and conflicts that is one of the priorities of the EU Global Strategy.

    Ministers also discussed progress made on cooperating more closely on Security and Defence, another priority of the EU Global Strategy.

    "Six months ago, we started to work on strengthening our common work on security and defence in the European Union and exactly six months after - today - we have taken the first operational decisions. That was done unanimously, by consensus, at 28, with a lot of support, thanks to a very constructive and active approach of all Member States," she said.

    Ministers agreed to establish a military planning and conduct capability which will command the EU non-executive military missions. They also decided to create a civilian/military joint support coordination cell that will increase synergies between the EU's civilian and military work. 

    Progress was also made on a number of other issues, including Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) in the field of defence, a Coordinated Annual Revue on Defence (CARD) that will help Member States to work better together when it comes to defence budgets, and the European Defence Action Plan, including the defence fund. 

    As part of their efforts to enhance the resilience of states and societies to our east and south, our eastern and Southern neighbours Ministers also discussed the Western Balkans and the messages the High Representative passed on her visit to the region last week. EU leaders will take the discussions forward at their Summit on Thursday and Friday. Ministers also hosted the Foreign Minister of Egypt, Sameh Shoukry, for an informal exchange of views on the economic and social reform agenda of the country, the rule of law and human rights, bilateral cooperation on counter-terrorism, security and migration, as well as the main regional issues - the Middle East Peace Process, Syria and Libya. 

    In the context of joining up internal and external policies, Mogherini updated ministers on the most recent work on migration ahead of the Summit of EU leaders later this week. 

    "The work is proceeding well – there is, as we all know, no magical solution to the issue of managing migration flows, but we see a series of encouraging results of our determined work," the High Representative said. 

    Ministers also reaffirmed their consolidated, common, united position on the Middle East peace process. The EEAS is preparing for an Association Council with Israel, as well as for high level meetings with the Palestinian Authority.

  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. 23/10/2016

    3rd Euro-Mediterranean Forum on Intercultural Dialogue

    The 3rd Euro-Mediterranean Forum on Intercultural Dialogue takes place in Valletta, Malta from 23rd to 25th October, falling on the eve of Malta assuming the Presidency of the European Council from January 2017.Following the two previous Forums in Barcelona, 2010 and Marseilles, 2013, the Malta Forum will discuss, inter alia, 'Moving beyond the Extremist Narrative: Youth on the Frontline'. One of the major objectives of the gathering is to develop policy recommendations for regional cooperation and inputs for the Maltese Presidency. The Southern neighbourhood region and youth are on top of the EU political agenda, as confirmed in the recently launched EU Global Strategy for Foreign and Security Policy.

  10. 12/05/2016

    Who should be the EU's key partners in foreign and security policy?


    In line with High Representative Mogherini's outreach and consultation process for the EU Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy, we ask the public 'Who should be the EU's key partners in foreign and security policy?' through our Question of the Month.

    Tell us your ideas by getting involved here.