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  1. 20/03/2017

    Only non-proliferation can guarantee global security, Mogherini says

    Global security can only be achieved through non-proliferation and disarmament, and a new arms race is not the solution to any of the security threats the world faces, High Representative Federica Mogherini said today at the Carnegie Nuclear Policy Conference in Washington, DC.

    “The Cold-War era is over. The world today is much more complex, much more fragile than 25 years ago. The number of nuclear states has risen – so that there is not just one “nuclear balance” to take into account, but several and overlapping nuclear balances,” the High Representative said.

    “So, the logic of deterrence could easily become outdated – and this would definitely be the case, if a criminal or terrorist group had to acquire a weapon of mass destruction. In a fragile world like ours, a nuclear balance of terror would be incredibly dangerous. And the only way to make our citizens more secure runs through non-proliferation and disarmament. The only way forward is to invest together in a strong system of truly global rules.”

    As set out in her Global Strategy for the EU’s Foreign and Security Policy, Mogherini stressed that the EU will continue to be a strong, consistent, reliable, predictable partner, for all those who believe that security comes through non-proliferation. The EU will keep working to preserve, strengthen and expand the current rules. Recent tests by North Korea have underlined how important it is that the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) comes into effect.

    The High Representative also reiterated the importance of the nuclear deal with Iran, on which she herself chaired the negotiations. “For five times now, five times, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has certified Iran’s compliance with the deal, and it is constantly monitoring Iran’s nuclear programme.”

    “So let me state it very clearly, as I always do: It is an agreement that belongs to the entire international community and that the Europeans are determined to preserve because its full and strict implementation is key to our own security. Multilateral diplomacy has achieved something impossible to achieve by any other means - through unity. There is simply no doubt about it. And this is the path we Europeans want to continue to follow.”

    Likewise, Mogherini stressed that a renewed confrontation among world powers will not serve anyone’s interest. The answer to today’s instability and a shifting global balance of power, she said, is more cooperation and stronger global governance, something the EU is working tirelessly to achieve.

    “What is at stake is global security. We must have learned something from our tragic history. The world today is a dangerous place – a very dangerous place. It is definitely not the time to play with fire. What is at stake is our own security. That is why you will always find the European Union engaged and committed, for nuclear non-proliferation.”

  2. 10/03/2017

    EU indispensable partner for the US: Mogherini

    The European Union is  a strong and constructive global power, and an indispensable partner for United States. And will continue to be so, despite 'Brexit', High Representative Federica Mogherini said today.

    "I believe that in Europe it is time we start to focus on how strong we are ... If you look at the numbers, if you look at the reality, it's quite obvious this is still the best place in the world where you can live, do business and improve your lives," she told the AmCham EU Transatlantic Conference: 'Room for three? The implications of Brexit on the EU-US relationship'.

    "In seventy years we, Europeans, have become a global power. This is also a word that we don't normally associate with Europe. Power. But indeed if you look at the numbers, we are a global power. We are today part of the world’s economic G3, we are the leading trading partner and foreign investor at all corners of the world, everywhere, from Asia to Latin America, and we are a global security provider, more and more so."

    As such, the EU is an indispensable partner for the United States, Mogherini said.

    "We need each other on security issues – Europe needs the United States, but also the United States need Europe and the European Union. We need each other because, first of all, the challenges we're facing are common and they go beyond our borders. If you think of the real security challenges we are facing today: think of the online propaganda of terrorist groups, think of terrorist financing."

    "Also, because no country has the resources to address today’s crises alone. If you take Syria or Iraq, for instance, military power is for sure essential, but it is not enough – either to end the war, neither to win the peace.

    "And we have learned some lessons in the past. So Europe’s diplomatic network, power, work, we are the only ones who talk to all the players in the region and beyond. And also our humanitarian support: we are the first donor worldwide and we are by far the first humanitarian donor for Syria and Iraq."

    The High Representative also underlined that the EU remains the most attractive market and the largest source of investments in the world.

    European majority-owned firms employ more than four million Americans inside the United States, and more than two and a half million jobs depend on exports towards the European Union in the United States. Almost three quarters of Foreign Direct Investments - three quarters - in the United States come from Europe and the share has been rising in recent years enormously.

    The EU will continue to work pragmatically and constructively with the US, Mogherini said: "And we will be even more indispensable in the future as a force for multilateralism, for a fairer globalisation, for an open and cooperative global order and I believe, also, for an economic growth that can benefit businesses, trade but also the life of our citizens.

    Working in partnership is one of the key principles of the EU Global Strategy. Read more here (hyperlink to

  3. 16/02/2017

    European Parliament supports trade deal with Canada

    CETA marks the beginning of a new era in the EU-Canada relationship. Today, the European Parliament voted in favour of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada, concluding the ratification process of this deal at the EU level.

    Welcoming the outcome of the vote held in Strasbourg, President Jean-Claude Juncker said: "Today's vote by the European Parliament is an important milestone in the democratic process of ratification of the agreement reached with Canada and it also allows for its provisional entry into force. As a result, EU companies and citizens will start to reap the benefits that the agreement offers as soon as possible. This trade deal has been subject to an in-depth parliamentary scrutiny which reflects the increased interest of citizens in trade policy. The intense exchanges on CETA throughout this process are testimony to the democratic nature of European decision making. This progressive agreement is an opportunity to shape globalisation together and influence the setting of global trade rules. The best example of this is the work that we are already doing with our Canadian friends to establish multilateral rules to deal with investment issues."

    The EU Global Strategy underlines the need to work with partners towards strengthening the multilateral system based on shared rules, and highlights the role of trade in fostering a more stable and prosperous world order.

    More information:

    Factsheet: CETA – a trade deal that sets a new standard for global trade

    CETA in your town - interactive map with country info, as well as infographics by country

    CETA: Background, Q&A, contents

    Benefits of CETA & exporters' stories

    The text of the agreement

    Country infographics: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 30/06/2016

    Transatlantic Strategy in a World of Disorder

    At the upcoming European Council Summit the EU will release its new ‘Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy’ that will shape its future global actions as the European project faces striking challenges — both internal and external. In this time of rising uncertainty, the Pew Research Center has conducted a new survey of ten European nations and the United States assessing citizens’ perceptions of international threats, global security and economic engagement, and their country’s role on the global stage.

    In light of these two reports, The German Marshall Fund of the United States, in cooperation with Chatham House and the European External Action Service will hold an interactive discussion hosted by Microsoft about the changing role of the EU and the United States in the world. How will the new EU Global Strategy affect the European Union as an actor on the international stage? How can the transatlantic community respond to the imminent challenges it faces? What does public sentiment across the Atlantic tell us about the current state and the future of transatlantic relations?


  8. 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.



  9. 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.


  10. 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.