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On Friday, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas enacted a decree-law on holding legislative, presidential and National Council elections in the coming months starting with legislative elections on 22 May.

This is a welcome development as participative, representative and accountable democratic institutions are key for Palestinian self-determination and state-building.

The Council today decided to add Faisal Mekdad to the list of persons subject to EU restrictive measures on Syria, in light of his recent appointment as Minister of Foreign Affairs.
This decision brings to 289 the total number of persons targeted by a travel ban and an asset freeze. 70 entities are also subject to an asset freeze.

1-2021 CRT CPCC - CRT Call for Contributions in Support of EEAS – Civilian Planning and Conduct Capability (CPCC) in Brussels – Medical Expert - Deadline for applications: Friday 29th January 2021 at 17:00 CEST (Brussels time)

1-2021 Extraordinary Call for Contributions for the European Union CSDP Mission in Niger (EUCAP Sahel Niger) - Deadline for applications: Friday, 29 January 2021 at 17:00 hours (Brussels time) - Late applications will not be accepted

Could something as simple as doughnut change the life of a whole community? Could a delicious traditional snack bring people together? When you don't let the limits apply to you, when nothing seems impossible, then yes. Discover the story of a woman whose fierce belief in her dreams was the means to make them a reality. Meet Fatima and join her in her story that will change your perception of what is truly possible when someone focuses their entire being on one goal. In the end, the future is there waiting for us all.

15/01/2021 – HR/VP Blog – For more than two months, conflict has been raging in the Tigray region in Ethiopia. The situation is desperate for the local population and the conflict is unsettling dynamics both within Ethiopia and the whole region. I have passed a clear message to the Ethiopian leadership: we are ready to help, but unless there is access for humanitarian aid operators, the EU cannot disburse the planned budget support to the Ethiopian government.

Today, Natalina Cea was appointed Head of Mission of the EU Border Assistance Mission (EUBAM) in Libya. She will take up her duties on 1 February 2021 succeeding Vincenzo Tagliaferri, who has been Head of Mission since 1 September 2016.

Today, the EU has requested the establishment of a panel at the World Trade Organization (WTO) to seek the elimination of unlawful export restrictions imposed by Indonesia on raw materials necessary for the production of stainless steel, notably nickel ore and iron ore.

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