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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. 14/03/2017

    Latest analysis on the EU Global Strategy

    Read the latest opinions and analysis on the EU Global Strategy and its implementation.

    This week, two publications turn on the decisive steps that have been recently taken by the EU on Security and Defence.

    Felix Artaega (Real Instituto Elcano) gives specific details and comments on the recent developments. Dick Zandee (Egmont Royal Institute for International Relations) proposes solutions to build a European strategic autonomy.

    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. 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

  5. 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.

    https://eeas.europa.eu/headquarters/headquarters-homepage/22616/eu-algeria-association-press-conference_en

    https://eeas.europa.eu/headquarters/headquarters-homepage/22607/remarques-de-federica-mogherini-lissue-du-10eme-conseil-dassociation-union-europeenne-algerie_en

    http://www.consilium.europa.eu/fr/press/press-releases/2017/03/13-eu-algeria/

  6. 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 http://europa.eu/globalstrategy/en/global-strategy-promote-citizens-interests)

  7. 10/03/2017

    Fostering State and Societal Resilience in the EU's neighbouring and surrounding countries: Learning from the UN experiences.

    On Friday 10th March, the EEAS and the European Commission held a stimulating meeting with representatives from the United Nations on Resilience as a priority of the EU's External Action. See more about this meeting here.

  8. 06/03/2017

    Mogherini announces Syria conference and welcomes rapid progress in security and defence

    The European Union will host a major international conference to support the future of Syrian and the region on April 5, HRVP Mogherini announced at the monthly meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels on 7 March. The event will be co-chaired by the EU together with the United Nations, Germany, Kuwait, Norway, Qatar and the United Kingdom.

    The conference is part of the European Union's work on a regional initiative to solve the crisis in Syria to support strongly the UN work as well as to establish a regional and international framework for support, humanitarian work, and to enable a future for Syrian in their country. The EU's work on Syria is a good example of the integrated approach to crises and conflicts that is one of the priorities of the EU Global Strategy.

    Ministers also discussed progress made on cooperating more closely on Security and Defence, another priority of the EU Global Strategy.

    "Six months ago, we started to work on strengthening our common work on security and defence in the European Union and exactly six months after - today - we have taken the first operational decisions. That was done unanimously, by consensus, at 28, with a lot of support, thanks to a very constructive and active approach of all Member States," she said.

    Ministers agreed to establish a military planning and conduct capability which will command the EU non-executive military missions. They also decided to create a civilian/military joint support coordination cell that will increase synergies between the EU's civilian and military work. 

    Progress was also made on a number of other issues, including Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) in the field of defence, a Coordinated Annual Revue on Defence (CARD) that will help Member States to work better together when it comes to defence budgets, and the European Defence Action Plan, including the defence fund. 

    As part of their efforts to enhance the resilience of states and societies to our east and south, our eastern and Southern neighbours Ministers also discussed the Western Balkans and the messages the High Representative passed on her visit to the region last week. EU leaders will take the discussions forward at their Summit on Thursday and Friday. Ministers also hosted the Foreign Minister of Egypt, Sameh Shoukry, for an informal exchange of views on the economic and social reform agenda of the country, the rule of law and human rights, bilateral cooperation on counter-terrorism, security and migration, as well as the main regional issues - the Middle East Peace Process, Syria and Libya. 

    In the context of joining up internal and external policies, Mogherini updated ministers on the most recent work on migration ahead of the Summit of EU leaders later this week. 

    "The work is proceeding well – there is, as we all know, no magical solution to the issue of managing migration flows, but we see a series of encouraging results of our determined work," the High Representative said. 

    Ministers also reaffirmed their consolidated, common, united position on the Middle East peace process. The EEAS is preparing for an Association Council with Israel, as well as for high level meetings with the Palestinian Authority.

  9. 28/02/2017

    Mogherini to travel to the Western Balkans in early March

    High Representative Federica Mogherini will travel to the Western Balkans from 1 to 4 March. She will visit Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia, and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. During her visit to the region, Mogherini will meet with political authorities, including representatives of governments, of political parties, and of Parliaments.

    Ahead of the visit, High Representative/Vice-President Mogherini said: "For the European Union, the work with the Western Balkans, a region in the heart of Europe, is a key priority. I work to see every single one of the Western Balkans partners move forward on the reform path, towards the European Union, to ensure the process is irreversible. Regional cooperation and good neighbourly relations remain essential in this context.”

    Promoting the resilience of states and societies in areas surrounding the EU, is a strategic priority of the Global Strategy. As such, resilience in the Western Balkans is a top goal for EU external action.

  10. 27/02/2017

    EU priorities at UN human rights fora 2017

    On 27 February 2017, the European Council adopted conclusions on the EU's priorities on human rights in the United Nations for this year. They show the EU's strong commitment to the United Nations human rights system, including participating in its various fora.

    At a time when human rights are coming under attack the EU will defend and promote the universality, indivisibility, interdependence, and interrelatedness of human rights for everybody. This is in line with the EU Global Strategy which calls on EU institutions to ensure human rights are a central part of all EU policies. Strengthening human rights at home and abroad, is also an important contribution to the resilience of states and societies, which means they can withstand and recover from conflict much faster.

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