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The European Commission, through its Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace, has allocated €8.5 million to support Sri Lankan efforts to prevent violent extremism, build community resilience, and promote peace and tolerance.

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The Western Balkans' film scene has been thriving in recent years, reaching audiences across the world and winning awards at major festivals. The EU supports the film industry and film events in the region, and this week sees the opening of one of these; the 25th edition of the Sarajevo Film Festival. Founded during the siege of Sarajevo, it is today a major celebration of film, but also a force for local economic growth.

The arbitrary and politically motivated decisions that were taken on 12 August by the Venezuelan Supreme Court and the non-recognised Constituent Assembly, against the National Assembly and four of its members – Tomas Guanipa, Jose Guerra, Rafael Gusman and Juan Pablo Garcia – constitute another direct attack on the only democratically elected body in Venezuela.

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In light of the continuing unrest and the increase in violent incidents in Hong Kong, it is crucial that all sides exercise restraint, reject all kinds of violence, and take urgent steps to de-escalate the situation.


It is now more vital than ever to engage in a political process of broad-based and inclusive dialogue, involving all key stakeholders.

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This year's International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples is dedicated to Indigenous Peoples’ Languages. Around 5,000 of the 7,000 languages spoken in the world are indigenous, and one of them dies every two weeks. The EU invests €500 million every year on education programmes to revitalize these ancient communication tools in 60 countries across the world.

In a unique attempt to bring together art, care for environment and youth, an EU-funded project hired five artists to brighten the walls of a facility that treats waste waters in North Macedonia

On the invitation of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Maldives, Abdulla Shahid, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini, paid an official visit to the Maldives on 8 August 2019.

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