During her first address to this week's plenary, the High Representative strongly condemned the murder of Boris Nemtsov and underlined the unity of EU member states in mourning his loss. "We shall remember Boris as a strong advocate of an open Russia" she said. The murder of Nemtsov provided an opportunity to highlight the sorry state of democracy in Russia and call on Russia to honour their commitment to strengthening freedoms and supporting the consolidation of democracy.
In her comments on the Annual Report on Human Rights, the High Representative highlighted the importance of supporting democratic transitions around the world as a central pillar of promoting human rights. "Protecting freedoms of belief , economic, social, political rights is vital" she said, stressing also the role of civil society in upholding human rights around the world. During her address the High Representative also announced the extension of the mandate of EU Special Representative for Human Rights, Stavros Lambrinidis.
The High Representative commented on MEP Elmar Brok's report on the EU's Common Foreign and Security Policy. In her address she outlined four priorities for her work:
Speaking on Libya, Mogherini stated that she would make the situation in the country her top priority alongside current events in Ukraine. She expressed deep concern about current developments in the country and implications for regional as well as global stability. "Threats from Libya threaten all of Europe not just southern European countries" she said. The High Representative reiterated her strong support for Bernadino Leon, the UN Secretary General's Special Adviser on Libya.
Before her appearance in plenary, Mogherini also briefed the European Parliament's Committee on External Affairs on the meeting of EU Foreign Ministers on 16 March FAC.