03/12/2020 – HR/VP blog – There has been a lot of discussion lately, and also some controversies, on the concept of strategic autonomy. It is time to clarify what exactly we mean with this concept and how it can help Europeans to take charge of themselves in an increasingly harsh world.
Today in Brussels, I met with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, Mr Demeke Mekonnen. Ethiopia is undergoing challenging times. I expressed my great concern regarding increasing ethnic-targeted violence, numerous casualties and violations of human rights and of international humanitarian law. I also conveyed my analysis that this conflict is already seriously destabilising the region.
Je me suis entretenu aujourd'hui à Bruxelles avec le vice-Premier ministre et ministre des affaires étrangères d'Éthiopie, Demeke Mekonnen. L'Éthiopie traverse une période difficile. J'ai exprimé ma vive préoccupation face à l'augmentation des violences ethniques ciblées, aux nombreuses victimes et aux violations des droits de l'homme et du droit international humanitaire. J'ai également fait part de mon analyse selon laquelle ce conflit est en train de déstabiliser gravement la région.
02/12/2020 – HR/VP blog – Tuesday 1 December was a special day. It marked my first year in office as HR/VP and also the 10th anniversary of the EEAS. This was a good opportunity to take a step back and reflect on what has been achieved and where we go from here.
Today, the Africa-Europe Foundation was established by Friends of Europe and the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, in partnership with ONE and the Africa Climate Foundation. The opening ceremony was attended by various personalities from both continents, including the President of the Republic of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, and Commissioner for International Partnerships, Jutta Urpilainen. The Foundation is an independent forum, driving fresh policy thinking and strategic foresight across inter-connected sectors of cooperation.
The European Commission and the High Representative are today putting forward a proposal for a new, forward-looking transatlantic agenda. While the past years have been tested by geopolitical power shifts, bilateral tensions and unilateral tendencies, the victory of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris, combined with a more assertive and capable European Union and a new geopolitical and economic reality, present a once-in-a-generation opportunity to design a new transatlantic agenda for global cooperation based on our common values, interests and global influence.
The Chief Observer of the European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) to Ghana, Javier Nart, travels this week to Takoradi, Cape Coast and Kumasi to follow the final preparations for the 7 December presidential and parliamentary elections. During his visit Mr Nart will meet key interlocutors including election officials, candidates, police, traditional leaders and the media.