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  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 23/01/2017

    Strategy for Europe’s neighbourhood: keep resilient and carry on?

    The EU Global Strategy sets resilience as a priority for the EU’s relations with its neighbours. Sven Biscop outlines that while it does signal a pragmatic and justified move away from proactive democratisation and regime change, questions remain concerning the actual focus and process of resilience building – especially when there is no benign leadership to cooperate with.

    Furthermore, at a time when global powers such as Russia, China, and the United States are engaging in fierce geopolitical competition, many countries are prioritizing national survival and security guarantees. As such, sovereignty and equality could be more practical objectives for the EU's engagement with its neighbourhood.

    For more analysis on the EU Global Strategy, see here.

  5. 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.

  6. 25/11/2016

    Three sustainable development proposals that contribute to the implementation of the EU Global Strategy

    On November 22, High Representative/Vice President Federica Mogherini gave remarks at a joint press conference with First Vice President Frans Timmermans and the EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica.

    Together they presented three elements of an adopted package on sustainable development: 1) a communication on the Agenda 2030, 2) a communication on the EU Consensus for Development, and 3) a new partnership with Africa, the Pacific and the Caribbean – the ACP of the Cotonou Agreement.

    All three proposals contribute to the implementation of the EU Global Strategy.

    To read the full remarks, see here.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.