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  1. 17/03/2017

    EU/Africa cooperation a force for good, Mogherini says

    The European Union and the African Union must work ever more closely together as partners to face up to common challenges and make use of the common opportunities ahead, High Representative Federica Mogherini said today.

    “In the world of today full of uncertainties and unpredictability, the African Union, the European Union can be a force for good, for our citizens, in Africa and in Europe, investing in sustainable development, peace and security, multilateralism, a certain approach not only to the world but also I would like to say to life – that we share,” she told the media after a meeting with the new Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat. Mogherini and commissioner Neven Mimica were the first non African dignitaries received by Mr Moussa Faki, who took office just a few days ago.

    The High Representative underlined the wide range of issues on which the EU works with the AU, ranging from peace and security to economic development, digital, innovation, energy, agriculture, infrastructure, job creation for young people, and access, especially for girls, to education.

    The two leaders discussed plans for the EU/AU Summit in Abidjan on 29/30 November.“We have started to work together to prepare this Summit to bring together a lot of heads of state and government and have concrete projects around the main issue of youth that is our main challenge, our main goal, to support the youth of Africa but also of Europe in their common challenge of finding decent education and jobs and a place in society - including in political participation in their own systems,” she said.

    “We will work together hand in hand, step by step towards this event that from European side is perceived as really one of the highlights of our political year. In Europe we say, this for us is going to be an Africa year because we want to really get to a different stage of our cooperation, again, not because we want to do something for Africa but because we need to do something together, Europe and Africa, given the challenges we are facing.”

    They also discussed some of the ongoing regional crises, and Mogherini welcomed the invitation the EU has received to turn the Troika on Libya involving the African Union, the United Nations and the Arab League, into a Quartet.  On Saturday, she will be in Cairo I for the first meeting of this new Quartet.

    The High Representative underlined plans to provide a major boost to private investment from Europe to Africa, through the European External Investment Plan that will mobilise up to EUR 88 billion of private investments in Africa in sectors including energy, agriculture, green economy and innovation.

    Supporting our partners to build resilient states and societies is a core priority of the EU Global Strategy. Read more here.

  2. 16/03/2017

    Mogherini underlines new impetus in EU-Africa relationship

    The European Union is giving new impetus to its reinvigorated relationship with Africa, High Representative Federica Mogherini said today.

    Speaking before chairing today's informal meeting of Development Ministers, the High Representative underlined the "impulse we've given to the European Union African Partnership that is inaugurating, really, a new way of working with Africa that goes beyond development only and works also on other fields from digital to energy, recognising each other as full partners and working together."

    Ministers discussed preparations for November's EU-Africa Summit, and Mogherini will report on the discussion when she and Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica meet the new AU Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat in Addis Ababa tomorrow. The High Representative will also meet with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn.

    "We will tomorrow meet the new African Union Commission, the leadership and will start working with them on strengthening our common work on many different fields: eradicating poverty, fighting climate change, working on development, on migration, on security, on peace, on so many things we do together. The European Union has started this powerful work of partnership with our African friends and I am convinced this is going to be one of the key elements of our future work as well."

    The High Representative today also led a debate with Development Ministers on the new Consensus for Development the European Union is shaping. 

    "Consensus is there, so I expect that in the coming months, we will have this new basis for a new way of doing development from the European Union side. We are the first donor worldwide so whatever we decide in this field has an impact for the entire world and brings an added value in every single corner of our planet."

    The High Representative updated ministers on the EU migration partnership frameworks, the migration compacts, and they also discussed the External Investment Plan, which aims to mobilise up to EUR 44 billion for investments - private investments - in Africa to help reach the Sustainable Development Goals.

    The High Representative today also met the new President of The Gambia, Adama Barrow, along with Commissioner Mimica.

    She highlighted that the change in leadership opens a new chapter in EU-Gambia relations and that the EU fully supports President Barrow's reform agenda to establish strong democratic institutions in respect of human rights and the rule of law.  The new governments revocation of last year's withdrawal of The Gambia from the ICC demonstrates its commitment to international justice.

    As part of the EU's support to the democratic transition, an EU Election Observation Mission has been deployed to the country earlier this week to observe parliamentary elections on 6 April. Together with partners, the EU is ready to look into support to security sector reform.

    Development is a central part of our external action. The work we are doing on the external dimension of migration and the external investment plan are good examples of how the EU supports the resilience of states and societies

  3. 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.

  4. 25/05/2016

    New Wine in Old Skins? How to avoid that the EU Global Strategy fails due to institutional misfit

    The European Global Strategy (EGS) to be released in June this year promises to add yet another instrument to the EU’s foreign policy toolbox. Dealing with the challenges of the world – more connected, more contested and more complex requires coordinated and effective EU action. While the publication of the EGS will offer some much-needed strategic guidance for the Union's foreign policy, persistent weaknesses of inter-institutional coordination prevent the EU from unfolding its full potential.

    Against this background, the German Institute for International and Security Affairs - Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP) will hold an expert exchange on the necessary steps towards a more coherent EU foreign policy.


     For further analysis in regard to a new EU Global Strategy, please click here.


  5. 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.



  6. 02/05/2016

    What are the major challenges, and opportunities, for the EU in a globalised world?


    Call for more EU unity and stepping up EU security and defence after asking the public: What are the major challenges, and opportunities, for the EU in a globalised world?

    Your opinion matters to us! In line with High Representative Mogherini's outreach and consultation process for the EU Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy, we asked the public 'What are the major challenges, and opportunities, for the EU in a globalised world?'. We received answers from both inside and outside Europe. They offered key insights into what should be considered a priority. The answers reflected that we live in a globalised and contested world which is rapidly changing. The contributions covered a wide range of topics, and highlighted the rising threat of radicalisation, the refugee crisis, cyber security and slowing economic growth as major challenges to the EU. Many answers emphasised the need for a strong and unified European Union.

    Your Opinion:

    What are the major challenges, and opportunities, for the EU in a globalised world?

    Over the past month, we asked the public 'What are the major challenges, and opportunities, for the EU in a globalised world?'. Your answers which came from all parts of the world are an important input to the work on the EU Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy. They offered insights into what the public sees as the most pressing challenges and opportunities. The answers reflected a wide variety of challenges such as the rising threat of radicalisation, the refugee crisis, cyber security and slowing economic growth. A recurring topic that was seen as a challenge and an opportunity was the EU's involvement in combatting climate change and investment in renewable energy, including a circular economic model. Many highlighted the increasing the Union's military capabilities as well as its soft power and the continuing appeal of a European way of life based on rights, the rule of law and prosperity as major opportunities in confronting current challenges. Unity amongst all EU members, promoting multilateralism, as well as fostering a strong EU identity and promoting diversity were seen as opportunities for the European Union in a globalised world.


  7. 27/04/2016

    Analysis of the perception of the EU and of EU's policies abroad


    On 27 April key decision makers and experts from the EU institutions came together with leading researchers at a seminar in Brussels for the presentation of the Analysis of the perception of the EU and of EU's policies abroad. The in-depth study gives an insight into a how the EU and its policies are perceived in the ten countries that are the EU's strategic partners. The event took place the context of the outreach on the EU Global Strategy on Foreign and Security policy and was organised by the European Commission Service for Foreign Policy Instruments and the European External Action Service.

  8. 26/04/2016

    EU Global Strategy features prominently at GLOBSEC 2016

    For the 11th year top decision makers and opinion shapers from around the world convened at the GLOBSEC Forum in Bratislava to discuss global challenges with a special focus on the transatlantic security relationship. The changed security environment  and its implication for the European Union and NATO were at the centre of the debate, particularly with a few to the forthcoming EU Global Strategy and NATO's Warsaw summit. 

    German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen delivered this year’s keynote address. Von der Leyen focused on the need for EU solidarity in the face of global challenges. In particular, she underlined the threat Europe was facing from within Europe in the face of populism and disintegration. This was also echoed in the opening speeches of the Slovak President and Foreign Minister. The Forum was attended by several head of state and government, foreign and defense ministers and representatives of international orgainisations.

    Many stressed that the EU Global Strategy was a rallying point for Member States to forge consensus on pressing external challenges as well as a means to reach out to the wider public to stress the importance of the EU's Global Engagement. 

    The special panel on the EU Global Strategy focused on key messages of the strategy, the particular priorities of the Visegrad countries, and the ways in which those messages should be communicated to a wider public. The discussion focused on what expectations the wider public might have from the EU Global Strategy and on the best way to communicate the EU Global Strategy and the need for the EU’s global engagement in a context of rising populism and distrust of elites.


  9. 25/04/2016

    Security Jam and perceptions of the EU abroad feature in this week's events on the EU Global Strategy

    This week, events on the EU Global Strategy will cover a Security Jam on 25 April that will host a special session at 18:00 pm in line with the EU Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy. At this session, participants of the conference will have the chance to discuss directly and interactively about an "Integrated approach to Conflict and Crises" with the Special Advisor to the High Representative, Ms. Nathalie Tocci around a "virtual table".

    On 27 April experts from universities around the globe will convene in Brussels to discuss how the EU is perceived by its major partners and the implications for foreign policy. The discussion will be based on the recent study "Analysis of the perception of the EU and of EU's policies abroad". To read more about what was said in past events, click here.


  10. 25/04/2016

    EUGS Consultation and outreach in Helsinki

    Finnish Foreign Minister Timo Soini shared his assessment of the dramatic changes in the global environment in his address at a seminar on "The EU's strategic vision for relations with Russia and the eastern neighbourhood". The conference, which was held in Helsinki on 28-29 January, was organised by the Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA), the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the EUISS. Finnish Undersecretary of State Matti Anttonen also spoke at the event calling for a pragmatic EU engagement with Russia.  

    To read more about the event, click here. To read more about other past events, click here.