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The Council of the EU today approved the establishment of Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) in the field of defence with the 25 participating Member States expressing their intention to prepare 17 initial projects for cooperation, selected from a list of 50. The projects cover areas such as training, capability development and operational readiness in the field of defence. They include for example a European Medical Command, facilitation of military mobility, a rapidly deployable Crisis Response Operation Core and Cyber Rapid Response Teams.
25 November marks International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, one of the most devastating human rights violations against women and girls around the world. Empowerment of women and girls requires vigorous efforts to bring significant changes in their lives. To this end the European Union and the United Nations have embarked on the Spotlight Initiative, a ray of light in this ongoing fight. On the International Day, the EU institutions are lit up in orange as part of the UNiTE campaign, to symbolize a brighter future without violence.