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The European Union’s eleven civilian CSDP missions are crucial to the EU’s foreign policy and crisis management response, supporting partner countries in addressing security challenges including organised crime, terrorism and hybrid threats. Two years ago, the Council agreed to significantly strengthen EU civilian crisis management through a series of practical commitments, called the Civilian CSDP Compact. Today the Security Policy Directors of the EU Member States and the EU services met online to review progress made on the Compact commitments.

Ahead of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November, the European Commission and High Representative/Vice-President, Josep Borrell, issued the following statement:

The EU will contribute €183 million to the IMF's Catastrophe Containment and Relief Trust for debt relief in 29 low-income countries, allowing them to increase their social, health and economic spending in response to the COVID-19 crisis. This contribution, announced just after the G20 Summit endorsed a Common Framework on Debt Treatments beyond Debt Service Suspension Initiative (DSSI), is fully in line with Commission President von der Leyen's proposal for a Global Recovery Initiative that links investments and debt relief to the Sustainable Development Goals.

President of the European Council, Charles Michel, and President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen represented the EU at the 15th G20 Leaders' summit hosted by Saudi Arabia on 21-22 November 2020.

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21/11/2020 – Sarajevo – EU Delegation. On the 25th anniversary of the Dayton Agreement, HR/VP Josep Borrell reiterates the EU’s strategic commitment to the European perspective of Bosnia-Herzegovina and the rest of the Western Balkans. However, to achieve EU accession takes commitment. He call on the country’s political leadership to take its share of responsibility and implement much-needed political reforms and reconciliation, for the benefit of citizens.

The European Union expresses its deep concern over the latest federal death row executions in the United States on 19 November, the first-ever during a presidential transition.

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I would like to thank all the members of the Presidency, and especially to you, Mr President, for your invitation and for the meeting we just had and for the frank and open conversation, we had about the current situation and the future prospect of Bosnia and Herzegovina on its way towards the European Union. This is a very historic and important day for Bosnia and Herzegovina, and also for Europe.

The Director and several senior managers of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) have been arrested in Cairo over the last few days. These developments are of significant concern, which the EU has conveyed to the Egyptian authorities.

The EIPR provides a critical and invaluable service to the Egyptian people by promoting political, civil, economic and social rights, with a focus on personal rights and freedoms. It is a well-respected interlocutor that has put particular emphasis on the importance of operating in full transparency.

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