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  1. 24/04/2017

    HRVP visits China and India to reaffirm close ties on Global Security

    The HRVP is visiting China and India to reaffirm close ties with these important partners and open up new areas for future cooperation. 

    EU – China cooperation "has never been so important" said the HRVP during her visit to Beijing. Chairing the EU-China Strategic Dialogue alongside the Chinese State Councillor, Yang Jiechi, Mogherini highlighted the importance of working closely to resolve the current crisis in Syria as well as the need to mobilise international support for a peace process in Afghanistan, the crisis in Libya, Africa - where potential was identified for increased cooperation - and matters of security and defence, where Mogherini spoke about "creating further opportunities [for the EU and China] to work together on challenges related to peacekeeping, counter-piracy and counter-terrorism".

    While in China Federica Mogherini also spoke to students at Tsinghua University in Beijing, referring to the 30 years of the Erasmus programme and the fact that "300 students and Professors have moved between China and Europe in the last two years alone." She stressed the need for all of us, and particularly for global powers like the European Union and China, to engage: to engage constructively in world affairs, the need to look for win-win solutions, and the importance of rules, and of building a rules-based global order.

    Isolation cannot solve any of the issues of our time, said Mogherini. "No crisis is far enough in a globalised world – a world of weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missiles, where terrorist groups recruit across continents through the internet. There are no boundaries; there is no far-away place in the world of today." Instead, global powers such as the European Union and China have a responsibility to engage on crucial issues such as ending the war Syria, the situation in the Korean Peninsula and Climate Change and to promote and sustain a rules based order.

    She concluded by saying: "We are global powers with global responsibilities – responsibilities that I believe we can fulfil if we work together. I have to tell you that these two days of meetings here have been extremely reassuring for me in terms of seeing a common ground for further cooperation in this direction between the European Union and China."

    On her visit to New Dlehi the HRVP held talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Minister of External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj, and the Minister of State for External Affairs, M J Akbar. Mogherini also opened the EU@60 Treaty of Rome Exhibition at the Italian Institute of Culture as part of the celebrations around the 60th anniversary of the European Union.

    The visit provided an opportunity to discuss a broad range of issues: from the regional and international crises we collectively face to free and fair trade, as well as on matters of security and defence – notably on maritime security.  In an interview with The Times of India ahead of her visit, Mogherini stressed the need to intensify cooperation in view of the magnitude of the challenges ahead, whilst reflecting on the already close partnership of the European Union and India in many areas including intensive cooperation on counter terrorism to joint efforts in the fields of sustainable development and climate change. Whether it is in response to threats from radicalisation and terrorism, regional instability and conflict, or global warming – "global issues require common responses", she said.

     In many ways the EU and India are natural partners, sharing common values and interest such as democracy, multilateralism, free and fair trade and sustainable development. Closer cooperation between the European Union and India holds great opportunities.

     With work ongoing to conclude a comprehensive and ambitious free trade agreement, the EU accounts for 13.5% of India’s overall trade, which makes it the country's largest trading partner. Mogherini said that even after the UK leaves the European Union, the EU will remain "the most relevant partner for India [… and] will continue to be a global security provider, the biggest market on earth, the largest development donor". "We will continue to be a global power and a reliable partner for our friends around the world, including India."

     Building on the 13th EU-India Summit in Brussels in 2016 and ahead of the 14th bilateral India-EU Summit to be held in New Delhi later this year, the EU and India both expressed a strong desire to further strengthen and deepen their bilateral relations, both on an institutional level, extending political and institutional cooperation, and economic level, deepening trade links and integration by exploring the possibilities to conclude a comprehensive and ambitious free trade agreement to further deepen the ties between the world's largest democracy and the world's biggest common market.


    The HRVP's trip to Asia is an example of how the EU is engagign with major Lgobal Powers to provide global seucirty. This is why partnership is at the core of the EU Global Strategy.

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  2. 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.

  3. 13/07/2016

    Speech by the High Representative/Vice-President, Federica Mogherini at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing, China


    High Representative/Vice-President (HRVP), Federica Mogherini addressed the Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing to present the EU Global Strategy and its impact on EU-Chinese cooperation. Her speech focused on what the European Union and China – together – can achieve for example in supporting Afghanistan and Africa. The HRVP also stressed the importance of working towards better global governance based on multilateralism and on international law.   




  4. 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.



  5. 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.

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    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.


  6. 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.

  7. 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.


  8. 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.


  9. 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.


  10. 22/04/2016

    Mogherini sets out core aims of EU Global Strategy

    HRVP Mogherini gave a keynote address on the EU Global Strategy on foreign and security policy today. Speaking to a crowd of senior diplomats, foreign policy analysts and representatives of civil society and NGOs, Mogherini stressed the importance of a common European strategy to keep citizens safe and guide EU action in times of uncertainty:

    "No country alone can carry the weight of the world on it's shoulders".

    In a world that is increasingly connected, contested and complex, Mogherini underlined the importance of strong principles to guide EU action: engagement, responsibility and partnership. "We need to stay rational and think strategically", she said speaking in Paris, "turning inwards is not an option. Our citizens understand very well that unless we find common European solutions to joint threats, such as terrorism, we cannot address today's most pressing problems".

    French Foreign Minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault, also addressed the conference stressing that in a world that is rapidly changing we cannot go on as before: "we need to do more and better" in the European Union. Ayrault underlined that the EU's Common and Security Policy is already making an important contribution to keeping EU citizens safe and resolving conflict around the world. The conference which was organised by the European Union Institute for Security Studies and the European External Action Service as part of the public consultation on the EU Global Strategy addressed some of the core questions at stake from how best to address common challenges such as migration and climate change and what can be done to prevent conflict and keep citizens safe. Relations with China and Russia were also discussed. A core theme of the discussions was that in a world where the consequences of conflict elsewhere can have an impact on our everyday lives, foreign policy is about everybody. The strategy would therefore be for the whole of the European Union: Member States, institutions and especially its citizens.

    The conference concluded with Mogherini awarding the winners of the student essay competition on the EU Global strategy "I believe they show that the strategy is for everybody, especially the young. They keep Europe alive and exciting."


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