The European Union (EU) and the Council of Europe firmly oppose the death penalty at all times and in all circumstances. The death penalty is a cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment contrary to the right to life. The death penalty means revenge, not justice, and its abolition contributes to the enhancement of human dignity.
On Friday 27 September 2019, the European Commission will launch its Europa Connectivity Forum – an innovative multi-stakeholder international conference aimed at fostering dialogue and strengthening ties between governments, financial institutions, and private sector actors in Europe and beyond. Building on the already close cooperation between the EU and its Asia-Pacific partners, this first edition of the Forum will be held under the theme EU-Asia Connectivity: Building Bridges for a Sustainable Future.
On the occasion of the International Day of Democracy, the European Union reaffirms its commitment towards democracy as a fundamental right of every human being. Every woman and every man has to be free to participate to the political, economic and social life of her or his country. No one should fear to speak up, to demonstrate peacefully, to go to vote or to expect fair and inclusive policies from a government. Democracy can only function if participation and trust between democratic state institutions, governments and citizens are guaranteed.
For the first time, Cine Europa 22 opens in Manila on 20 September 2019 at Cinema 1, Greenbelt 3, Makati City.
Every year, Cine Europa wants to reach out to more Filipinos so this year we are going to Bohol from 11 to 12 October 2019 in addition to Cebu; Baybay, Leyte and Iloilo. The festival maintains its presence in Naga and Palawan in addition to Makati and Film Development Council of the Philippines, Kalaw, Manila.
The Chargé d'Affaires, a.i. of the EU Delegation to the Philippines, Mr. Thomas Wiersing, considers the film festival as the most influential cultural diplomacy tool "Cine Europa is a distinctive way to showcase European cultural diversity and to open up opportunities in the cultural and creative industries", he said.
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Statements by the Spokesperson
Unilateral actions during the past weeks in the South China Sea have resulted in mounting tensions and a deterioration of the maritime security environment which represents a serious threat to the peaceful economic development of the region.
On this first International Day commemorating the victims of acts of violence based on religion or belief, we pay tribute to all those around the world who lost their lives and suffered attacks because of their religion or belief. Persecution as a response to religious belief or affiliation, or lack thereof, is a violation of international law and requires joint work to combat it.