On 15 October 2018, the Council extended the mandate of the EU Advisory Mission EUAM Iraq until 17 April 2020 and agreed on a budget of € 64.8 million for the period from 18 October 2018 to 17 April 2020.
On the European and World Day against the Death Penalty, the Council of Europe and the European Union (EU) reiterate their strong opposition to capital punishment in all circumstances and for all cases. The death penalty is an affront to human dignity. It constitutes cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment and is contrary to the right to life. The death penalty has no established deterrent effect and it makes judicial errors irreversible.
The European Union has started as a peace project and has successfully transformed a war-torn and conflict-prone continent into a global actor in peacebuilding and conflict resolution. The European Union promotes peace across the globe by addressing the root causes of conflict, contributing to creating the necessary conditions for the reconstruction of societies and supporting the recovery of affected civilians. The International Day of Peace reminds us that peace is not a given. Three projects in Ukraine, the Philippines and Niger show how local actors, with the support from the international community, can build peace.
Today’s election of Mohamed al-Halbusi as a new Speaker of the Iraqi Council of Representatives is the first, crucial step towards the formation of a new government in Iraq following the elections. We expect political leaders to carry this process forward swiftly and to seek national participation and broad national reconciliation.
The new executive will have to urgently address the multiple challenges that Iraq faces, and respond to the legitimate needs and aspirations of the Iraqi population.