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  1. 04/07/2017

    EU Global Strategy PhD Prize – join now

    You are invited to join the 3rd edition of the Global Strategy PhD Prize awarded by the Egmont – Royal Institute for International Relations, the European Security and Defence College (ESDC), and the EU Institute for Security Studies (EUISS). Eligible are all doctoral dissertations drafted in one of the working languages of the Common Foreign and Security Policy (English and French), which address a policy-relevant topic related to the foreign, security and defence policy of the EU that falls within the remit of the EU Global Strategy, and which have been successfully defended between 1 September 2015 and 30 June 2017.


    The winner will be awarded:

    • A certificate signed by the heads of the three organizing institutions.
    • A cash prize of €1000.
    • A paid 3-month visiting fellowship at the EUISS (€2500 per month and a return economy class ticket to Paris), which is to lead to an EUISS and/or Egmont publication (subject to the respective review procedures).

    The selection will be made by a jury composed of Prof. Dr. Sven Biscop (Egmont, chair), Dr. Antonio Missiroli (EUISS), Dirk Dubois (ESDC), and one representative each of the EDA, the EEAS, the Commission, and the academic community.
    The selection will take place in two steps:

    • By 31 July, candidates must submit an expression of interest including a 1-page abstract of the dissertation, with a specific focus on policy relevance, to the chair of the jury at
    • By 4 September, the representatives of the three organizing institutions will shortlist 3 to 5 candidates.
    • By 11 September, the shortlisted candidates must submit their complete dissertation.
    • By the end of October, the full jury will select the winner.
    • On 6-7 November, the winner will be invited to receive his/her award on the occasion of the ESDC Annual Training and Education Conference in the Egmont Palace in Brussels.
  2. 18/06/2017

    From vision to Action - the EU Global Strategy Year 1

    A year into the implementation of the European Union's shared vision and action plan for foreign and security policy, "we see substantial changes in the way we work together" and concrete results which make Europe stronger and safer, High Representative Federica Mogherini said today presenting the first annual report on the EU Global Strategy at the Foreign Affairs Council.

    If "one year ago, many predicted the 'inevitable' decline of the European Union", it is now clear that "the Global Strategy has served as a springboard to relaunch the process of European integration after the British referendum [to exit the EU]," Mogherini said. Thanks to shared political will and a clear strategy, in some areas "more has been achieved in the last ten months than in the last ten years," she added.

    This is particularly true in the realm of defence, which has seen the establishment of an EU command centre for military training and advisory missions as well as a European Defence Fund. "Permanent Structured Cooperation" between some Member States could soon become a reality.

    In a challenging year for international cooperation, the Global Strategy has equally provided an effective framework for the EU to show leadership on issues that matter to European citizens, including climate change, sustainable development, security, conflict prevention, peacekeeping and global governance. The EU's strong support to the Paris agreement on climate change, the adoption of a first common development policy and the successful implementation of a comprehensive partnership on migration are examples of increasingly close and effective cooperation by the members of the Union, and with the EU's neighbours and international partners, starting with the United Nations. In these areas as well as when it comes to crisis management and counter-terrorism, the EU has also shifted its approach to focus more on prevention. It is part of the "European way" to clearly recognise that "if we want peace, we must prepare for peace."

    The success of the EU Global Strategy over the last year reflects the recognition of all the EU Member States of "a very simple truth: in a world of giants and global challenges, we can only make a difference if we stand together as a Union".

    Thanks to this unity of vision and action, we "have shown to our partners that the EU will continue to be a reliable global power and a strong security provider", said the High Representative.

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  3. 05/05/2017

    Interactive debate on State of EU

    On 5 May High Representative/Vice-President, Federica Mogherini, addresses the opportunities and challenges facing the EU's foreign and security policy, as presented in the EU Global Strategy, during an interactive session on "Cooperation and Partnerships, the European Way". The speech at 16h15 is web streamed live.

  4. 28/04/2017

    Mogherini leads frank ministerial discussions on future relations with Turkey

    High Representative Federica Mogherini today led what she described as "a long and frank, open exchange" by EU foreign ministers on future relations with Turkey.

    The EU respects the result of the recent referendum, but expects that the constitutional changes will be carried out based on the Venice Commission recommendations and the observation of the OSCE/ODIHR, and in an inclusive manner, she said at a press conference after the informal EU foreign ministers' meeting in Malta.

    "The European Union has a clear interest in a stable, secure, economically successful and democratic Turkey which is a relevant partner, a relevant player on many different issues. Our intention is not and will never be of doing anything that could damage Turkey or the Turkish people. On the contrary, we are seeking cooperation  - constructive cooperation on many different things - for the benefits of our citizens respectively: all Turkish citizens, all European Union citizens," Mogherini said.

    Turkey's EU accession process is not suspended, but there is currently no work ongoing on opening new negotiation chapters, she explained.

    "If Turkey is interested in accession negotiations, it knows very well what it implies, especially in the field of human rights, rule of law, democracy, fundamental freedoms including media freedom, obviously the death penalty, and the respect of international law and the principle of good neighbourly relations," she said.

    The EU will discuss with Turkish interlocutors the way forward, "from our side in a very frank, open, constructive, serious, but serene manner", stressed Mogherini, who also held a bilateral meeting with Turkish Foreign Minister Çavuşoğlu in the margins of ministerial meeting.

    The EU ministers had a working session with their counterparts from the candidate countries on the EU Global Strategy, and Mogherini debriefed them on Thursday's meeting of defence ministers.

    The EU Ministers also discussed how the EU can help Europeans manage the effects of globalisation and gain the maximum benefits from it.

    "We have exchanged in details about that, sharing the view that we have to use even more our common Union, to bring the European interest and agenda and values also on the global scene, using our European Union to strengthen our impact on globalisation," the High Representative concluded.

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  5. 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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    HRVP Federica Mogherini holds bilateral meetings during her visit to India

    EU-India relations, fact sheet

    Delegation of the European Union to India and Bhutan

  6. 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.”

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. 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.