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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. 13/02/2017

    Latest analysis on the EU Global Strategy

    Read the latest opinions on the EU Global Strategy and its implementation. The Strategy was launched to make Europe resilient in the face of crisis and preserve Europe's core interests and values.  Find out more about the European Global Strategy in our analysis section.

  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. 03/11/2016

    Latest Insights on the EU Global Strategy

    Read the latest opinions on the EU Global Strategy and its implementation. The Strategy was launched to make Europe resilient in the face of crisis and preserve Europe's core interests and values.  Find out more about the European Global Strategy in our analysis section.

  5. 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.

  6. 26/10/2016

    Jean Monnet/ECSA Conference 2016

    On 17-18th October, DG Education and Culture hosted the 2016 Jean Monnet/ECSA Conference in Brussels. This year's theme was "Global Governance in times of Global Challenges", based on the recently adopted European Union Global Strategy, with plenary sessions on peace and security, prosperity, and democracy. The 250 attendees consisted of representatives of the Jean Monnet community – professors and researchers who teach EU studies and come from all around the world, and who together constitute a unique pool of knowledge when it comes to EU matters. Speakers included Mr. Tibor Navaracsics, European Commissioner for Education and Culture, and Ms. Nathalie Tocci, Special advisor to EU High Representative Federica Mogherini.

    The EU Global Strategy was adopted in June and sets out the key priorities for EU external action for years to come. Watch the video here.

    For the full programme, see here.

  7. 25/10/2016

    Strategy matters – Key documents on the EU Global Strategy

    The EU Global Strategy was launched by the HRVP in June 2016 to give the European Union direction in a connected, contested and complex world.  This publications gives you an overview of the key documents and why they matter for Europe's foreign and security policy. According the High Representative, Federica Mogherini: "The publication of the EUGS is just the beginning. Now our collective work has to focus on implementing the strategy as well as on communicating more broadly to the public. It is important for us to listen carefully to what our citizens expect and to communicate to them what we attempt to do."

    Read more here.

  8. 25/10/2016

    Latest insights on the EU Global Strategy

    Read some of the latest opinions on the EU Global Strategy, including extensive analysis from The International Spectator and Contemporary Security Policy journals.

    Find out more in our comment and analysis sections.

  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. 17/10/2016

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

    Today 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 Crisis, building resilient societies and institutions at home and abroad as well as linking internal and external policies, for example in fighting terrorism.

    Read more here.

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