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The EU-IOM Joint Initiative for Migrant Protection and Reintegration is supporting more than 60,000 returning migrants with post-arrival reception and reintegration support in their countries of origin. EU High Representative Federica Mogherini met IOM Director-General António Vitorino at the Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration Transit Center in Addis Ababa this weekend.

The High Representative/Vice President Federica Mogherini was in Addis on 9 and 10 February 2019 as part of a visit to the Horn of Africa, to express the EU's steadfast support to the government's progressive reform agenda in the political, economic and regional spheres. 

Federica Mogherini met with the African Union Commission’s Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat, together with Commissioner Neven Mimica, to discuss how to further deepen the already excellent cooperation between the European Union and the African Union.


We met last time in Brussels when the Minister [Workneh Gebeyehu] was accompanying the Prime Minister [Abiy Ahmed] on his first official visit to the European Union. And today we had a good opportunity to follow up on that visit.

In particular we discussed cooperation between Ethiopia and the European Union in many different fields. We support the work that the Government of Ethiopia is doing with all our tools, political strength and financial support.

I just had a very good meeting with President [of Ethiopia] Sahle-Work Zewde. I’m am particularly pleased to see a woman like her in this key role for Ethiopia in a moment where the country is really putting a lot energy and dynamics in internal reforms that the European Union supports 100%, both economic and political reforms. The same goes for a new policy towards the region that the EU also fully supports.

I will discuss this with the Foreign Minister, and with the Prime Minister, who we were honoured to see in Brussels a couple of weeks ago. 

The International Contact Group on Venezuela held its first meeting in Montevideo on 7 February 2019 discussing the minimum conditions for a political transition process towards new Presidential elections, with all the necessary conditions and guarantees in conformity with the Constitution.


Deadline to apply: 28 February 2019, 17:00 (Tripoli time)

High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini is travelling tomorrow on a landmark visit to countries in the Horn of Africa region from 9 to 13 February.

The EU together with Somali authorities and international key partners is engaged in Somalia through an integrated approach based on active diplomacy, support for political change, improving security, development assistance and humanitarian aid.