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For the next long-term EU budget 2021-2027, the European Commission is proposing to increase the external action budget to €123 billion, to significantly simplify its structure, and make it much more flexible and effective to address today's global challenges.

High Representative Federica Mogherini is proposing today, with the support of the Commission, a European Peace Facility (EPF). The EPF is an off-budget fund over the period of the next Multiannual Financial Framework, designed to prevent conflicts, preserve peace and strengthen international security around the world, for the benefit of our citizens and our partners.

In a more challenging global environment, the European Union needs to step up its actions to enhance its ability to prevent conflicts, build peace and strengthen international security. By proposing a new European Peace Facility (EPF) the European Union is taking another step towards cementing its role as a global actor.

Ten years after the EU's first landmark report on climate change and security, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, will host the high level event Climate, Security and Peace: The Time for Action on 22 June in Brussels. The high level event will bring together ministers, leading international figures, parliamentarians, think tanks and civil society to highlight the ongoing and new threats posed by climate change, consider progress made in making essential policy and operational linkages between climate and security and look at options to drive forward action. You can join and follow all the discussions using the hashtags #united4climate and #climadiplo

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In Nigeria, as in so many of our countries, the right for all citizens to enjoy equal participation in the democratic process was achieved after considerable struggle and suffering. We remember and celebrate all those who sacrificed so much for the freedoms we enjoy today.

The European Union in partnership with the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Foundation presented the Lagos Premiere of Swallow: Food Security in Nigeria’s Changing Climate, a documentary that explores Nigeria's food situation in the face of multifarious challenges. The event took place on Sunday, May 20, 2018 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm at Silverbird Galleria, Victoria Island.

The recent Facebook Cambridge Analytica scandal made us realise how much strong data protection rules are important for the society as a whole, including for the very functioning of the democratic process. These and other developments have shown that the protection of privacy, as a central individual right and a democratic imperative, but also as an economic necessity is crucial: without consumers’ trust in the way their data is handled, our data-driven economies will not thrive.

On 25 May, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into force. The Regulation updates and modernises the principles enshrined in the 1995 Data Protection Directive to guarantee privacy rights.

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