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Federica Mogherini, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, expressed solidarity today to the Prime Minister of Albania, Edi Rama, over a series of devastating earthquakes that hit Albania, injuring dozens of people and causing enormous damage to buildings and infrastructure.

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Improving labour market access of disadvantaged groups through social enterprises and active labour market measures

A high-level European Union delegation will be in New York for the 74th United Nations General Assembly next week. The EU representatives will host and participate in a large number of events and meetings with world leaders. The EU continues to be a leader in global cooperation: joining forces with partners in support of multilateralism to uphold and promote international law and human rights, to support peace and democracy, to promote sustainable development and to stand side-by-side with people in need all over the world.

Every year in September, the world leaders gather in New York to take part in the General Debate that marks the opening of the latest session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) during a week traditionally filled with high level events, summits, and intense diplomatic activities.

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NUR-SULTAN – Today in the capital city #Kids4Rights children's drawing contest dedicated to the 30th Anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child has been announced. The competition is organized by the European Union Delegation to Kazakhstan jointly with the UNICEF in Kazakhstan, the Embassy of Belgium in Kazakhstan and the Embassy of Switzerland in Kazakhstan.

On 14 September the #EUBeachCleanUp campaign took place in Kyrgyzstan for the first time organized by the European Union and supported by the Public Foundation EcoDemi and the Local Administration of the Issyk-Kul district.

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Federica Mogherini, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, met today in Brussels with Bujar Osmani, Deputy Prime Minister in charge of European Affairs of North Macedonia.

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In response to an invitation by President Hashim Thaçi, the European Union has deployed an EU Election Observation Mission to Kosovo to observe the early parliamentary elections, scheduled for 6 October 2019. The European Union has a long history of accompanying electoral processes in Kosovo and has deployed EOMs on four previous occasions, the last two in 2017, which reflects the EU's long-term commitment and partnership with Kosovo.

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On the occasion of the International Day of Democracy, the European Union reaffirms its commitment towards democracy as a fundamental right of every human being. Every woman and every man has to be free to participate to the political, economic and social life of her or his country. No one should fear to speak up, to demonstrate peacefully, to go to vote or to expect fair and inclusive policies from a government. Democracy can only function if participation and trust between democratic state institutions, governments and citizens are guaranteed.

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