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The European Union strongly disagrees with the recent decisions of the Russian authorities to include the Prague Civil Society Centre and the Association of Schools of Political Studies of the Council of Europe on their list of “undesirable organisations”.

On 21 January, the European Court of Human Rights Grand Chamber issued a landmark judgement in the inter-State case concerning the armed conflict between Georgia and the Russian Federation in August 2008 and its consequences. The ruling clearly concludes that after 12 August 2008 the Russian Federation, exercising effective control over South Ossetia and Abkhazia, violated several provisions of the European Convention of Human Rights.


Josep Borrell, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, announced today senior appointments in the European External Action Service (EEAS).

22/01/2020 – HR/VP blog – The inauguration of Joe Biden opens a welcome new chapter in EU-US relations. As President Biden has signalled, there is much to repair and rebuild, both at home and abroad. But this is above all a moment of opportunity. We as EU are ready to revive our partnership, which is so important at a time of tumultuous global change.


High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell held talks with Turkey’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu in Brussels on Thursday.

The talks provided an opportunity to take stock of EU-Turkey relations in the framework set by the European Council in December, and discuss the way ahead with focus on the situation in the Eastern Mediterranean, which is a centrepiece in EU-Turkey relations. 

The European Union strongly condemns the senseless and barbaric attack that has rocked the centre of Baghdad this morning, claiming numerous lives and injuring many Iraqis.

The European Union conveys its condolences to the families of the victims and reiterates its full support to the Iraqi authorities in the fight against extremism and terrorism. The European Union will continue firmly standing by Iraq and its people in support of the country’s security and stability.

At the EU-Cuba Joint Council, High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell had a fruitful discussion with Cuban Foreign Affairs Minister Bruno Rodriguez on overall EU-Cuba relations. This included taking stock of dialogues under the EU-Cuba Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement (PDCA) and future cooperation in the years ahead.

In particular, they discussed the impact of US sanctions on the Cuban economy and on EU trade and investment interests.


Speech on the human rights situation in Turkey, notably the case of Selahattin Demirtas and other prisoners of conscience, delivered by Helena Dalli, Commissioner for Equality

Speech on the human rights situation in Vietnam, in particular the case of human rights journalists Pham Chi Dung, Nguyen Tuong Thuy and Le Huu Minh Tuan, delivered by Helena Dalli, Commissioner for Equality


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Good morning to everybody, good morning Minister, dear Mevlüt!

I am very pleased to welcome here in Brussels, at the headquarters of the European External Action Service, my colleague and friend, the Turkish Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu. We will spend some time taking stock of the relations between the European Union and Turkey and we will discuss the way forward.