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Making sure that a democratic transition succeeds is never easy, even at the best of times. Last year, Sudan embarked on a journey towards democracy, with the country’s youth and women paving the way. They wanted a better future for their country, after many years of dictatorship, abuses,
Author: Strategic Communications - Publication date: 27/06/2020
El pasado 23 de junio tuve la ocasión de intervenir ante la Comisión para la Reconstrucción Económica y Social de España tras la pandemia del Covid-19 en el Congreso de los Diputados. Fue un gran honor comparecer por primera vez en el parlamento español desde mi nombramiento como Alto Representante
Author: Strategic Communications - Publication date: 26/06/2020
On discute actuellement en Europe d’un plan de relance ambitieux pour faire face aux conséquences de la crise économique majeure engendrée par l’épidémie de coronavirus. Suite à la proposition commune d’Emmanuel Macron et d’Angela Merkel, les 750 milliards d’euro de dépenses additionnelles proposées
Author: Strategic Communications - Publication date: 25/06/2020
Rising international tensions and conflicts at the doorstep of Europe urge us to take our collective security into our own hands. Lately, four major Member States advocated making security and defence a top priority for the Union. I fully agree: since the beginning of the mandate of this Commission,
Author: Strategic Communications - Publication date: 21/06/2020
Tomorrow, European leaders will discuss the proposal for a new EU budget, also known in our jargon as the “multiannual financial framework (MFF)” for the years 2021-2027. Adding the 750 billion euros of the Next Generation EU instrument makes a considerable change from the initial draft budget
Author: Strategic Communications - Publication date: 18/06/2020
The coronavirus crisis is creating a more competitive global environment, with confrontation growing faster than cooperation. As EU, we face rougher seas and risk getting caught in the cross-currents of major powers telling us to “pick a side”.
Author: Strategic Communications - Publication date: 14/06/2020
The EU has a strategic interest in having stable and successful neighbours: we can only be secure and thrive if our neighbours do. With the current coronavirus crisis, it is now more relevant than ever to be able to support our partners to build more resilient and democratic societies.
Author: Strategic Communications - Publication date: 12/06/2020
Last Monday, Dr. Tedros, Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO), participated at our videoconference with EU Development Ministers. He took the opportunity to discuss the Covid-19 epidemic and the role played by the WHO. He also assessed the current state of this pandemic. And it
Author: Strategic Communications - Publication date: 10/06/2020
In 2019, I visited as Spanish Minister for Foreign Affairs the Simon Bolivar bridge, a 300 metres long bridge spanning Venezuela and Colombia. The bridge is named after the Venezuelan statesman and it was until the Venezuelan economic crisis a popular crossing point for citizens to shop across the
Author: Strategic Communications - Publication date: 27/05/2020
I was glad that my friend Heiko Maas asked me to speak at the opening of the annual German Ambassadors’ conference, together with Chancellor Merkel. It was an opportunity to stress how high expectations are for the upcoming German EU Presidency, to guide Europe through the crisis and make sure we
Author: Strategic Communications - Publication date: 25/05/2020