Today's firing of a reportedly ballistic missile at sea is yet another provocative action by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). It undermines the efforts by the international community to build trust, enhance security and nurture a sustained peace process on the Korean peninsula.
Today, we pay tribute to the memory of Jamal Khashoggi, a respected Saudi journalist who was killed in the premises of the Consulate General of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Istanbul on 2 October 2018. Jamal Khashoggi continues to be an inspiration to journalists and associates with whom he was in contact for his work, including colleagues in the EU institutions.
It has been really a pleasure to welcome you Madam Prime Minister [of the Republic of Moldova, Maia Sandu] and meet you again here in Brussels. Let me also thank you for the large ministerial delegation you have brought with you for this 5th meeting of our Association Council.
We take your presence here as a sign of the importance that you attach to our partnership and I can assure you that the European Union attaches the same importance to its relation with Moldova.
The Afghan Presidential election that took place on 28 September has proven once again the commitment of the Afghan people to furthering the democratic path of their country, even if this meant putting their lives in danger.
Ukraine is a priority partner for the European Union (EU). The EU supports Ukraine in ensuring a stable, prosperous and democratic future for its citizens, and is unwavering in its support for Ukraine’s independence, territorial integrity and sovereignty. The Association Agreement (AA), including its Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA), is the main tool for bringing Ukraine and the EU closer together, promoting deeper political ties, stronger economic links and respect for common values. Since Spring 2014, Ukraine has embarked on an ambitious reform programme, aiming to stabilise its economy and improve the livelihoods of its citizens. Priority reforms include the ﬁght against corruption, reform of the judiciary, constitutional and electoral reforms, improvement of the business climate and energy efﬁciency, as well as reform of public administration, including decentralisation. Since 2014, the EU and the European Financial Institutions have mobilised a package of more than €15 billion in grants and loans to support the reform process, with strong conditionality on continued progress.
The EU High Representative Federica Mogherini has firmly committed the Union to join and support a new Franco-German initiative called the "Alliance of Multilateralism". The aim is to promote international cooperation at a time of rising nationalism and isolationism.
On 25 September, in the margins of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, the High Representative of the Union and Vice-President, Federica Mogherini, took part in a high-level meeting dedicated to the Sahel and Mali.