Now that Da'esh has been territorially defeated, the EU wants to help the Iraqis achieve their aims of reconstructing their country, putting citizens at the core of the project. Co-chairing the Conference for Reconstruction of Iraq in Kuwait on 13 February 2018, EU High Representative Mogherini emphasised the EU’s strong commitment to invest in rebuilding infrastructure, but also Iraq's institutions, social systems and communities, and announced an additional EUR 400 million in humanitarian, development and stabilisation aid.
All six partner countries of the Western Balkans - Albania, Bosnia Herzegovina, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Kosovo and Serbia - have a clear path to finally join the European Union, EU High Representative Mogherini said today announcing the new Strategy for 'A credible enlargement perspective for and enhanced EU engagement with the Western Balkans' adopted by the European Commission. Sustained efforts and reforms are still needed, but it is clear that integration is in the interest of the people of the EU and Western Balkans.
The Council has added 3 persons involved in serious human rights violations to the list of those submitted to a travel ban and an asset freeze in view of the situation in South Sudan. The Council adopted this decision in view of the ever deteriorating humanitarian and security situation in South Sudan, and considering the lack of commitment by some actors to the ongoing peace process.