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The European Union and its Member States have progressively put in place a comprehensive external migration policy and strengthened the work along the Central Mediterranean route. Saving and protecting the lives of migrants and refugees, breaking the business model of smugglers and traffickers and providing legal pathways, while addressing the root causes of irregular migration and forced displacement: these are the aims at the very heart of the EU's policy.

Four projects with a total EU contribution of 22 Billion Leones (EUR 2.2 Million) will work to support Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in 11 districts across Sierra Leone. Support to civil society remains one of the priorities of the European Union, globally as well as here in Sierra Leone.

Four projects with a total EU contribution of 22 Billion Leones (EUR 2.2 Million) will work to support Civil Society Organizations (CSO's) in 11 districts across Sierra Leone. Support to civil society remains one of the priorities of the European Union, globally as well as here in Sierra Leone.

The EU welcomes the halting of prosecution by the military courts of Maurice Kamto and supporters of his party, the Cameroon Renaissance Movement, and of individuals arrested and detained in the context of the crisis in the North-West and South-West regions. These decisions are a significant gesture of goodwill.

The Council today adopted conclusions on democracy. The conclusions underline that in today's world, democracy is being challenged and called into question. While democracy remains strong in many countries, in others there is a growing trend towards authoritarianism. The Council notes that the challenges to democracy are multi-fold and need to be countered urgently and comprehensively.

The Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed of Ethiopia is a recognition to a man of courage and to a generation of Africans working for change and reconciliation. His leadership in establishing a dialogue between Ethiopia and Eritrea is giving hope not only to two countries, but to the whole region and to an entire continent. He has shown that while the path to reconciliation can be long and difficult, peace is always possible, even after decades of conflict.

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An important milestone has been reached in Parliament ! By adopting and launching the Bo Declaration, Members of the 5th Parliament have committed to work in harmony irrespective of political affiliation, to promote genuine and sincere consultations, to respect parliamentary procedures, to depoliticise the administration of the Parliament and to engage broadly with political parties and other stakeholders on parliamentary decision making processes.

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