In partnership with women: empowerment through action
2013 is expected to be a significant year for the Eastern Partnership. Ahead of the summit in November, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the Commission Catherine Ashton and Commissioner Štefan Füle together with foreign ministers of Visegrad countries met foreign ministers from the Partnership countries in Krakow on 17 May to discuss progress towards key milestones.
An International Donors Conference in Brussels on 15 May 2013 brought together the International community to help rebuild Mali. After the conference the organisers, the European Union, French President François Hollande and Mali's acting President Dioncounda Traoré set out the steps ahead for the trouble country.
Following an invitation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan, the European Union has established a mission to observe the general elections scheduled for 11 May 2013.
The symposium "Transatlantic Partners in Global Security: The EU's Common Security & Defence Policy" takes place on Wednesday May 8, 2013 in Washington, DC, in partnership with the Brookings Institution, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
Today, Friday 3rd May is World Press Freedom Day. The EU pays tribute to journalists worldwide who dedicate their lives - sometimes at great personal cost - to reporting events or expressing views that many might prefer to silence.
On 9 May 2013 Europe will celebrate the 63rd anniversary of the Schuman Declaration. Sixty-three years ago, on 9 May 1950, the then French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman made the first move towards the creation of what we now know as the European Union (EU).
The General Affairs Council (GAC) and the Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) were held in Luxembourg on Monday 22 April. High Representative Catherine Ashton briefed EU Foreign Ministers on last week's Serbia – Kosovo deal. The agreement paves the way for the normalisation of relations between Belgrade and Pristina.
After ten rounds of often grueling talks in the EU-facilitated Dialogue, the breakthrough that many had hoped for came on Friday 19 April. Catherine Ashton, the EU High Representative who has chaired the talks, announced that Serbia's Prime Minister Ivica Dačić and Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim Thaçi had reached a landmark agreement.
Following an invitation from the Government of the Republic of Paraguay and the Supreme Electoral Tribunal, the European Union has sent a mission to observe the 21 April elections in Paraguay.
Getting more women involved in the political process and raising awareness of the Sahel region are just two ideas that came out of a high level EEAS-UN conference held in Brussels on 9 April.
World Water Day 2013 complements the International Year of Water Cooperation, by focusing on the theme of cooperation around water
European Union foreign ministers will gather at historic Dublin Castle on Friday and Saturday (22 and 23 March) for their biannual informal meeting – also known as the 'Gymnich', after the castle in Germany where the first such informal was held in 1974.
Egypt, North Korea, Syria, Mali, Ukraine and the EU-China relations were amongst the key foreign policy items on the European Parliament's plenary agenda this week.
It is with the greatest sadness that EU Delegation in Syria informs European External Action Service staff that their dear colleague and friend Ahmad Shihadeh passed away on Tuesday 12 March 2013. Ahmad was tragically killed during a rocket attack on the Damascus suburb of Deraya, where he lived.
March 8 marks International Women's Day. This year Women's Day recognizes global commitment to put an end to violence against women, with the theme: "A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women".
The relationship between Burma/Myanmar and the European Union seems to be entering a new and more fruitful phase. Not so long ago the military run regime was the subject of EU sanctions but a new reformist president U Thein Sein has opened Burma/Myanmar to the world.
The 16th European Union-Ukraine Summit took place in Brussels today, Monday 25 February 2013.
The United Nations Human Rights Council gathers for the 22nd session on Monday 25 February. The Human Rights Council (HRC) is an inter-governmental body within the United Nations system responsible for strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights around the globe and for addressing situations of human rights violations and making recommendations on them.
A comprehensive approach to international issues that encompasses many development, security and political tools,
Involvement in international negotiations and working closely with global partners are at the heart of the EU's support for the UN. That was the message Catherine Ashton delivered to the Security Council on Wednesday 13 February.
Children affected by armed conflict remain among the top human rights priorities of the European Union in the 2012 Human Rights Strategy and its Action Plan . The main reason is that armed conflicts still affects a great number of children and pose serious threats to their survival, development and life opportunities.
A free and open Internet is at the heart of the new Cyber Security Strategy by the High Representative Catherine Ashton and the European Commission. The new Communication is the first comprehensive policy document that the European Union has produced in this area. It comprises internal market, justice and home affairs and the foreign policy aspects of cyberspace issues.
The weekend 1 to 3 February, 2013 marks the 49th Munich Security Conference. On top of this year's agenda are current crises such as in Mali and Syria, transatlantic cooperation in NATO, the role of rising power in international security, cyber security and the responsibility to protect.
The February meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels discussed the situation in Europe southern neighbourhood and the crisis in Mali and reconstruction efforts in Somalia. Speaking after the meeting Catherine Ashton said she had invited Special Envoy Lakhdar Brahimi to speak at the next meeting of foreign ministers.
Catherine Ashton, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, is in Peru and Chile this week for a series of bilateral meetings with leaders of Latin American countries and to participate in the EU-CELAC* Summit in Santiago de Chile on 26-27 January 2013.
An extraordinary meeting of EU foreign ministers held on Thursday on the crisis in Mali, condemned Jihadist aggression, supported France and other member states and agreed to set up a training mission for the Malian Armed Forces. The EU also agreed to accelerate its work to support the African-led military mission to Mali, and offered financial support to it through the African Peace Facility. The EU also agreed to appoint a Special Representative for the Sahel and support Humanitarian efforts to help the stricken civilian population. They also reiterated their support for the EU's strategy for the Sahel.
On Thursday 17 January High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the Commission Catherine Ashton, met with Prime Minister Dačić and Prime Minister Thaçi for the fourth time to discuss the normalization of relations between Belgrade and Pristina.
Once again foreign policy took up most of the European Parliament's agenda this week in Strasbourg. Indeed Members debated topical issues such as the situation in Mali and in Syria but also deliberated on the EU-Iraq Partnership and Cooperation Agreement as well as on the recent casualties in textile factory fires, notably in Bangladesh and on the Non-proliferation Treaty Review regarding the establishment of a Middle East free of weapons of mass destruction.
Late last year saw the establishment of a new Foundation – the European Endowment for Democracy. The aim of the EED will be to direct grant-making towards pro-democracy activists and organisations in Europe's Neighbourhood and beyond. A joint project by the European Union and its Member States, the idea originated in a May 2011 Neighbourhood communication and was backed by Foreign Ministers at their meetings in June and September. The Foundation was established in October 2012 and will become operational in Spring 2013.