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Europe Day 2019

13/05/2019 - 10:47
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Europe Day on 9 May is the occasion to celebrate peace and unity in Europe. The date marks the anniversary of the Schuman Declaration of 1950, when the French foreign minister Robert Schuman proposed a joint authority to oversee French and German production of coal and steel.

 

On Thursday May 9, 2019, The European Union Delegation in Liberia hosted a reception to commemorate Europe Day 2019. Over 150 guests from EU Member States, the Government of Liberia, the diplomatic corps, international bodies, civil society, the media and the Liberian public attended the colourful event at a local hotel in Monrovia. EU Head of Delegation in Liberia Hélène Cavé in her remarks at the reception said ''the European Union is a living and successful project of peace, partnership, shared values and solidarity, within and outside our borders''. She emphasized the European Union's commitment to cooperative multilateralism in addressing the global challenges facing the world today. ''It is our collective responsibility to work towards a more peaceful, secure and prosperous world for present and future generations. The EU is working with partner countries and organizations around the world to prevent conflict, to protect and promote peace, security, human rights, and sustainable development, to invest in clean energy and to combat climate change.''

On EU–Africa relations, Ambassador Cavé said the European Union is a long-standing partner of Africa and is proud to support the positive change happening in many parts of Africa.'' The European Union believes that Africa is a continent of opportunities. We have set up the Africa-Europe Alliance for Sustainable Investment and Jobs, to attract more private investment to Africa and to create the needed jobs.''

Head of Delegation Cavé also spoke about EU–Liberia relations, reaffirming the EU's support to the Government's Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development. ''The European Union and its Member States will support the implementation of the Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development, and align our development programs with the PAPD. We stand ready to support Liberia's efforts to build a solid and stable economy, as well as to foster an enabling business and investment environment. We will continue to support Liberia's efforts to protect Human Rights, fight Sexual and Gender-Based Violence, and promote gender equality and women empowerment.''

Representing President George Weah at the Europe Day reception, Liberia's Foreign Minister Gbehzhongar Findley commended the European Union for its continued support to Liberia's development efforts.

Minister Findley said the EU's support has been vital for strengthening critical sectors in the country, such as energy, infrastructure, agriculture, governance and human rights.

He said the partnership between the EU and Liberia will remain strong.    

 

 

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