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The European Investment Fund (EIF) is partnering with the European Commission, to announce €300 million of investments into the EU space sector, supporting ground-breaking innovation in the industry.

During the European Space Conference in Brussels, EIF and the EC jointly announced investments into two space tech focused funds - Orbital Ventures and Primo Space, under the first ever EU-backed equity pilot - the InnovFin Space Equity Pilot.

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Ladies and gentlemen, dear colleagues, dear friends,

I am pleased to speak at this year’s European Space Conference. I remember well when we met one year ago and discussed how space has become a key component of the global security equation and how the rise in geo-political tensions we see on Earth are being extended and projected into the space.

The US designation of Ansar Allah as a Foreign Terrorist Organisation, in addition to the designation of three of its leaders, risks rendering UN-led efforts to reach a comprehensive solution to the Yemen conflict more difficult. It will complicate the necessary diplomatic engagement with Ansar Allah and the work of the international community on political, humanitarian and developmental matters.

A One Planet Summit on Biodiversity was held in Paris on 11 January 2021, under the leadership of President Macron, gathering an impressive number of political leaders and CEOs, pledging to reverse the destruction of nature.

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Voters in Uganda will be going to the polls for parliamentary and presidential elections on 14 January.

As the EU and other partners have noted, the pre-electoral cycle has been marred by violence and numerous difficulties faced by several opposition presidential candidates, civil society organisations, human rights defenders, electoral experts as well as journalists. The excessive use of force by law enforcement and security agencies has seriously tarnished this electoral process.

The European Union welcomes the efficient organisation of the Parliamentary elections in Kazakhstan that took place on 10 January 2021, especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Kazakh authorities’ good cooperation with the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE/ODIHR). While Kazakhstan has undertaken some political reforms and modernisation processes since the last parliamentary elections, these elections were, however, a missed opportunity to demonstrate their efficient implementation.

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High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell held a call with President Milorad Dodik, Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina on 11 January to discuss the dire humanitarian conditions of hundreds of migrants in the country.

The country’s authorities were repeatedly urged by the EU to quickly scale up their actions to address the grave humanitarian situation in Una-Sana Canton and provide basic and secure living conditions to all the persons of concern still sleeping out in the cold in extreme conditions.

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