The Council today added 15 members of the Belarusian authorities, including Alexandr Lukashenko as well as his son and National Security Adviser Viktor Lukashenko, to the list of individuals sanctioned in relation to the violent repression and intimidation of peaceful demonstrators, opposition members and journalists after the 2020 presidential election in Belarus.
The Council today adopted a decision extending for one year, until 12 November 2021, the existing framework for restrictive measures in response to Turkey's unauthorised drilling activities in the Eastern Mediterranean.
The European Union takes note of the resignation of the President of Kosovo, Hashim Thaçi, and welcomes the fact that he has agreed to cooperate with the Kosovo Specialist Chambers and the Specialist Prosecutor’s Office.
The Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) is a framework for deeper defence cooperation among its 25 participating Member States. It allows Member States to develop defence capabilities and be ready to deploy them together.
The fourth High-Level Political Dialogue between the European Union and Papua New Guinea under the EU-ACP Partnership Agreement (Cotonou Agreement) was held by videoconference on 5 November 2020. Discussions covered political, economic and social developments, including the Covid-19 impact, as well as the EU-Papua New Guinea relationship with a focus on democracy and human rights and Bougainville after the referendum.
This week, Israeli forces demolished more than 70 structures, including residential, livelihood and sanitation facilities, belonging to 11 Palestinian families with 41 children in Khirbet Hamsa al-Foqa, in the northern Jordan Valley. This large-scale demolition confirms once again the regrettable trend of confiscations and demolitions since the beginning of the year.
Typhoon Goni has caused massive devastation across the island of Luzon in the Philippines. We stand by all those affected, and in particular express our sincere condolences to the families and friends of those who have lost their lives.