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Thank you Madam President, Honourable Members,

It is really evident that the virus pandemic has been accompanied by an ‘infodemic’, by a pandemic of disinformation. We have witnessed a wave of false and misleading information, and an exponential increase in targeted influence operations by foreign actors.

High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell held a video conference with the Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation, Sergey Lavrov on Tuesday 16 June. They discussed EU-Russia bilateral relations as well as a range of pressing regional and international issues.

The High Representative/Vice President stressed that the coronavirus response requires international cooperation and solidarity, particularly as regards diagnostics, treatments and a vaccine, as well as assistance to vulnerable populations. 

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Good afternoon or evening to all of you. Thank you for following this press point.

Today we have had an important Foreign Affairs Council with a video conference with the Secretary of State of the United States, Mike Pompeo.

The main point of the agenda was this: transatlantic relations.

We engaged in a strategic dialogue with Mike Pompeo on our relations and on the key foreign policy issues both for the European Union and the United States.

Respect for all human rights is a pillar of free, stable, prosperous societies and the EU is proud to be at the forefront of the universal promotion and protection of all the fundamental rights.

In the framework of the Brussels Conferences for Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region, non-governmental and civil society organisations from Syria, the region and beyond, usually prepare and share with the Conference organisers a great deal of reports, policy papers and advocacy statements.

This year, a specific online repository has been created by the EU to make those reports available to the public.

The material below is listed in the order they were received. The repository will be updated as new contributions are received.

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Child labour affects 152 million children worldwide. The EU has been working with UNICEF and other partners to put an end to a phenomenon that takes childhood away and puts the future of millions of kids worldwide at risk. Earlier this week, EU High Representative Josep Borrell and UNICEF Executive Director, Henrietta Fore, held a phone call during which they discussed ways to continue working together to fight the socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis, and agreed to jointly promote the education of children, including digital learning as a priority. “School is the most important equality producer in the world,” Borrell said. One of last year’s themes for the joint EU-UNICEF #TheRealChallenge social media campaign was child labour.

As part of the EU's global response to the coronavirus outbreak, the EU Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis has mobilised an additional €55 million for refugees from Syria and vulnerable persons in Jordan and Lebanon to fight the pandemic. It will provide critical and targeted support in key areas such as health, water, sanitation and hygiene. The newly adopted package brings the total assistance mobilised through the EU Trust Fund to over €2.2 billion since 2015, doubling the target originally set.

On 9 June, High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell held a phone call with Henrietta Fore, Executive Director of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). The call focused on the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on children, the critical situation of children in Syria as well as the need to prioritise joint efforts on education.

High Representative/Vice-President Borrell and Executive Director Fore discussed ways to continue working together in partnership to fight the socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis, in particular in Africa and Latin America.

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The Council approved conclusions on the "Team Europe" package that is part of the EU's global response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

High Representative/Vice President Josep Borrell, supported by the EEAS, the Commission and EU Delegations around the world, led the work to strengthen coordination among Member States to help EU citizens who were stranded outside the EU

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