21/03/2021 – HR/VP blog - It has been one year since the launch of the EU’s naval Operation IRINI. On 18 and 19 March, I visited IRINI’s Headquarters in Rome, the air base Sigonella and one of our four ships currently at sea - the FGS Berlin. My visit comes at a critical juncture for Libya and the international efforts to support the search for peace: we are beginning to see a more hopeful phase.
Racism continues to be an expression of hatred that must be tackled across the globe. On the International Day against Racial Discrimination, the EU stresses once again its commitment to the elimination of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance. But commitments need to be always translated in acts. That’s why the EU has called for an Anti-racism Summit, to build a truly anti-racist Union.
20/03/2021 – HR/VP Blog – The year 2020 was the year of the pandemic, changing our world profoundly. This book ‘European foreign policy in times of COVID-19’ tells the story of the main events until the end of 2020. It reflects on their meaning and contributes to the debate on Europe’s changing global role. Politics is about making choices and the EU’s future is what we make of it.
The book tells the story of the main events of 2020 and how the EU has responded. It traces the main stages of the pandemic and the EU’s actions: from the ‘battle of narratives’ and the work on repatriation, to the development of ‘Team Europe’ and the deal on the recovery fund.
12/03/2021 – HR/VP Blog – The shift in the world’s centre of gravity to the Indo-Pacific started years ago, but the pandemic is accelerating it. As EU, we need to look at the consequences in geo-political and geo-economic terms and define our approach to the Indo-Pacific. We have a big stake in the region and should do our part to keep the regional order open and rules-based.
10/03/2021 – HR/VP Blog – Recently, Executive Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis presented a new trade strategy at the College of the European Commission. EU trade policy can be an important foreign policy instrument: we should leverage our trading power to promote EU interests and values and build a fairer and more sustainable form of globalisation.
World Women’s Day is a reminder to celebrate women's achievements, increase visibility, and address inequality, 365 days a year! The past year has been difficult. The pandemic spared nobody and has been particularly challenging for women. Doctors, nurses, teachers, shop assistants – jobs often held by women – found themselves at the frontline of the pandemic while taking on more responsibilities at home. In its statement to mark World Women’s Day, the EU thanks women for their bravery, their compassion and their contribution in fighting this crisis.
07/03/2021 – HR/VP Blog – Last Friday I visited Nicosia to reiterate the EU’s strong support for the resumption of talks on a settlement of the Cyprus issue. We are at a crucial point: UN Secretary-General Guterres will convene an informal meeting in Geneva on 27-29 April in the hope of finding common ground to negotiate a lasting solution to this issue.
Ahead of International Women's Day, the European Commission issued the following statement:
“The past year was a difficult one. The COVID-19 pandemic has spared nobody, and was particularly challenging for women around the world. Doctors, nurses, teachers, shop assistants – jobs often held by women – have found themselves at the frontline of the pandemic. All this, while taking on greater responsibilities at home.
28/02/2021 – HR/VP Blog – EU leaders have held a timely discussion on the future of EU security and defence. We need commitment at the highest political level to make the EU a stronger security actor in a world of fast-changing threats.