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Following the open call for expressions of interest for the list of external experts launched by the Delegation of the European Union to Albania on 08/08/2014

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Thank you. Let me start by apologising for the delay and thanking the Luxembourg Presidency for organising and hosting this informal meeting of development ministers that comes at a crucial time.

10 December marks Human Rights Day and this year it is devoted to the launch of a year-long campaign by the United Nations for the 50th anniversary of the two International Covenants on Human Rights: the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which were adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 16 December 1966.

 

The Baku Court of Appeal decided today to transfer human rights defender Dr Leyla Yunus to house arrest on medical grounds. This is a welcome and positive humanitarian gesture which follows a similar decision on 12 November with regard to Dr Yunus' husband, Mr Arif Yunus. The European Union hopes further steps will follow. We are ready to further deepen and broaden our relations with Azerbaijan.

Federica Mogherini, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, has appointed Patricia Llombart Cussac as the new Director for Security, Infrastructure, Budget and Information Technology and Dr. Gerhard Conrad as the new Director for the Intelligence and Situation Centre at the European External Action Service (EEAS).

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The Baku Court of Appeal decided today to transfer human rights defender Dr Leyla Yunus to house arrest on medical grounds. This is a welcome and positive humanitarian gesture which follows a similar decision on 12 November with regard to Dr Yunus' husband, Mr Arif Yunus. The European Union hopes further steps will follow. We are ready to further deepen and broaden our relations with Azerbaijan.

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Mme Federica Mogherini, haute représentante de l’Union pour les affaires étrangères et la politique de sécurité/vice-présidente de la Commission européenne, a nommé Mme Patricia Llombart Cussac au poste de directrice pour la sécurité, les infrastructures, le budget et les technologies de l’information et M.

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