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Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, Mr. Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, and Mr. Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, met in Tokyo on 29 May 2015 for the 23rd Summit between Japan and the European Union (EU).

Two years after the adoption of the EU Cybersecurity Strategy the Second High-level Conference on 28 May provided an overview of the state of play of the implementation of the main priorities of the Strategy and showcased highlights of its main actions.


The EU has been supporting Burundi in its efforts to entrench democracy since the Arusha Agreements put an end to years of civil war and lay the foundations for a new era.



On 27 May Nebraska became the 19th State in the United States to repeal the death penalty.

This is a historic step by the Nebraska Legislature, while the worldwide movement towards the abolition of capital punishment continues to grow.

The European Union opposes the death penalty and will continue - in all international fora - to promote and support the abolition of such cruel punishment, for the enhancement of human dignity.


High Representative/Vice President Federica Mogherini today addressed the second annual Southern Mediterranean Civil Society Forum, held in Brussels on 28-29 May. The objective of the Forum is to create mechanisms for a sustained and structured dialogue between civil society, the authorities and the EU at a regional level.

Representatives of more than 100 civil society organisations, academics, media, government representatives, local authorities and international organisations from the Southern Neighbourhood and Europe gathered at the European Economic and Social Committee and Committee of the regions headquarters in Brussels for the second annual Southern Mediterranean Civil Society Forum. The Forum is part of an overall initiative aiming at an enhanced and more strategic engagement with civil society.