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Good morning, This [Action Plan] will be the framework that will guide our external action on issues of gender equality and women’s empowerment in the next five years. It is symbolic that we present this Plan today, when we celebrate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

No country in the world is on track to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls, despite significant progress in advancing women’s and girls’ rights over the years. Moreover, the health and socio-economic consequences of the COVID-19 crisis are disproportionately affecting women and girls. To address this, the EU put forward an ambitious Gender Action Plan to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment through all external action of the European Union.

Today, the European Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy put forward ambitious plans to promote gender equality and women's empowerment through all external action of the European Union.

Violence against women and girls is one of the most devastating human rights violations in the world and it is not acceptable. It is a life-threatening health and protection issue, which is rooted in gender inequality, the abuse of power and harmful norms. Gender-based violence prevents women and girls from fully participating in society. It weakens the social fabric that binds families and communities together, preventing countries from achieving social stability and economic development.

24/11/2020 – HR/VP blog – With a ‘democratic recession’ underway and new threats to democracy emerging, we need to step up the defence of democracy, both at home and abroad. In particular, we should deepen our cooperation with fellow democracies to counter the rise of authoritarianism.

The Republic of Kazakhstan has officially joined the European Union Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Centres of Excellence (EU CBRN CoE) Initiative. Information on the accession to the EU CBRN CoE Initiative under the aegis of the Regional Secretariat for Central Asia came in November 2020 not long after the completion of the 13th EU CBRN CoE Regional Round-Table Meeting for Central Asia, where representatives of Kazakhstan also took part.


21/11/2020 – Sarajevo – EU Delegation. On the 25th anniversary of the Dayton Agreement, HR/VP Josep Borrell reiterates the EU’s strategic commitment to the European perspective of Bosnia-Herzegovina and the rest of the Western Balkans. However, to achieve EU accession takes commitment. He call on the country’s political leadership to take its share of responsibility and implement much-needed political reforms and reconciliation, for the benefit of citizens.

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I would like to thank all the members of the Presidency, and especially to you, Mr President, for your invitation and for the meeting we just had and for the frank and open conversation, we had about the current situation and the future prospect of Bosnia and Herzegovina on its way towards the European Union. This is a very historic and important day for Bosnia and Herzegovina, and also for Europe.