This time last year, the European Union and our partners all around the world were preparing for the COP21, the Paris Climate Conference that we all hoped would deliver the first ever binding, universal climate agreement. Well, we did it. All of us: the EU and Israel, the world's largest economies and its least developed countries, from the Arctic to the Pacific Islands. Last December,195 countries agreed on a global action plan to put the world on track to avoid dangerous climate change by limiting global warming to well below 2°C.
The European Commission today proposed to set up a new European External Investment Plan (EIP) to encourage investment in Africa and the EU Neighbourhood, strengthen partnerships and contribute to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
The EU missions in Jerusalem and Ramallah are gravely concerned by the death in custody of detainee Ahmad Ezz Halaweh, allegedly at the hands of members of the Palestinian Security Forces, on 23rd August.
The regrettable significant increase of demolitions of Palestinian structures by the Israeli authorities in 2016 appears to be continuing following the end of Ramadan. Since then, 107 Palestinian structures have been demolished, displacing 136 people, including 60 children.
Israel's decision on Sunday to advance several hundred new settlement units in East Jerusalem and the West Bank threatens the viability of the two-state solution and calls into question Israel's commitment to a negotiated agreement with the Palestinians.
In line with their decision announced in Munich on 12 February 2016 and underlining their commitment to support a comprehensive, just, and lasting resolution to the Palestinian–Israeli conflict, the representatives of the Middle East Quartet – Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, United States Secretary of State John Kerry, European Union High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon – present a report on the situation on the ground focusing on major threats to achieving a negotiated peace and offering reco