Delegation of the European Union to Tunisia

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We will have a discussion tonight on Ukraine and Russia with the Heads of State and Government. What I can tell you now is obviously that any kind of decision will have to be taken only on the basis of the situation on the ground, as we have already said several times, and only linked to the implementation of the Minsk Agreements in full.

"Avec l’attaque qui frappe Tunis aujourd'hui, les organisations terroristes visent une fois de plus les pays et peuples de la région méditerranéenne.

Cela renforce notre détermination à coopérer plus étroitement avec nos partenaires pour faire face à la menace terroriste. Ce défi commun a fait partie des discussions que j'ai eues hier  encore, à Bruxelles, avec le Ministre des affaires étrangères Taieb Baccouche.

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Bonjour. C'est un plaisir d'accueillir ici à Bruxelles Monsieur le Ministre Baccouche pour cette 11ème session du Conseil d'association Union européenne-Tunisie - mais notre premier conseil d'association ensemble- tout comme c'était un plaisir de vous voir il y a Tunis lors de ma visite en Tunisie. Nous avons aujourd'hui abordé un ensemble de questions, sur les opportunités et les défis que nous partageons dans la région.

I congratulate Tunisia's new Prime Minister, Habib Essid, and his government on the vote of confidence which they obtained today in the Assembly of the Representatives of the People. 

The new Tunisian authorities have a historic responsibility to consolidate the significant democratic progress that has been made, to tackle the many social and economic challenges facing the country and to ensure the security of all Tunisians. 

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The first formal meeting of EU foreign ministers of 2015 was dominated by discussions on how to fight terrorism in the wake of the Paris attacks and recent Boko Haram atrocities in Nigeria as well as a discussion on the EU's future relations with Russia.

On Sunday 21 December Tunisians marked a milestone in their country's transition to democracy by freely electing their President for the first time.

I should like to congratulate Mr Beji Caid Essebsi on being elected President of Tunisia. The European Union remains committed to working with the new Tunisian authorities, and with all elements of society, to help consolidate the democratic gains envisaged in the new Constitution, and to support the implementation of the reforms needed for an economic and social transition of benefit to all Tunisians.

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On Sunday 23 November, the Tunisian people were able to vote freely for their President for the first time. One month after the parliamentary elections, the first round of the presidential election marks a new step in the consolidation of Tunisia's democratic transition.

We reiterate our commitment to support the future authorities and Tunisian society along that path. In a spirit of friendship and trust, we call for the strengthening of all aspects of the privileged partnership between Tunisia and the European Union.

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The presidential elections held peacefully today in Tunisia are a further step in the democratic transition.

The EU fully supports the efforts of the Tunisian people in this regard and has deployed an election observation mission led by Ms Neyts‑Uyttebroek, Member of the European Parliament, who will issue a statement on Tuesday.

It now remains for Tunisians to complete the electoral process with transparency and respect.

The EU stands ready to continue supporting Tunisia in its efforts to achieve stability and economic and social development.

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