Representatives of the Quartet – Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, United States Secretary of State John Kerry, European Union High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, and UN Deputy Secretary General Jan Eliasson (representing UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon) - met in Munich on February 8.
High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the Commission, Federica Mogherini, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, Vĕra Jourová, and Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, issued the following statement on the International Day against Female Genital Mutilation, 6 February:
Today, as well as all over the year, we join our voices to say: Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation in Europe and worldwide.
Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission, chaired the Commissioners Group on External Action, attended the Commission College meeting and NATO Defence Ministerial as well as hosted several bilateral meetings, during a busy week in Brussels.
The high level dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina will resume on 9 February. Federica Mogherini, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the Commission, will be facilitating the meeting and has invited Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić and Prime Minister Isa Mustafa to Brussels next Monday.
I congratulate Tunisia's new Prime Minister, Habib Essid, and his government on the vote of confidence which they obtained today in the Assembly of the Representatives of the People.
The new Tunisian authorities have a historic responsibility to consolidate the significant democratic progress that has been made, to tackle the many social and economic challenges facing the country and to ensure the security of all Tunisians.
The European Union supports all the initiatives aimed at bringing political solution to the ongoing conflict in Eastern Ukraine; the efforts of Chancellor Angela Merkel and President François Hollande, and the visits to Kyiv and Moscow they just announced, are clearly going in this direction.
The European Union is united in using all the means available to push for a political solution, by applying pressure as well as continuing dialogue.