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I regret the announcement by the United States to withdraw from the Open Skies Treaty. The Treaty on Open Skies is a key element of our arms-control architecture and serves as a vital confidence and security-building measure.

Since it came into force in 2002, this agreement has enabled to carry out more than 1.500 reconnaissance missions over the territories of all the signatory states.

The treaty provides transparency and predictability. It is an important contribution to European and global security and stability.


On 21 May, a spokesperson for China’s National People’s Congress announced that the upcoming NPC session will deliberate on a draft bill to “establish and improve the legal framework and enforcement mechanism in order to safeguard national security in Hong Kong”.


The European Union condemns the threatening remarks of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei bringing into question Israel’s legitimacy.


La province de l’Ituri en République démocratique du Congo (RDC) est frappée depuis plusieurs semaines par une intensification des attaques presque quotidiennes systématiques contre la population civile. Depuis le début de l’année, ce sont ainsi près de 300 personnes qui ont été tuées et plus de 200 000 personnes ont fui les atrocités.

The Council today adopted a decision to provide up to 3 billion euros of macro-financial assistance to ten enlargement and neighbourhood partners to help them cope with the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The European Commission adopted a comprehensive new Biodiversity Strategy to bring nature back into our lives and a Farm to Fork Strategy for a fair, healthy and environmentally friendly food system. The two strategies are mutually reinforcing, bringing together nature, farmers, business and consumers for jointly working towards a competitively sustainable future.