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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 Council today extended restrictive measures by the EU addressing the use and proliferation of chemical weapons until 16 October 2020. These sanctions, which consist of a travel ban to the EU and an asset freeze for persons, as well as an asset freeze for entities, currently apply to nine persons - five linked to the Syrian regime and four involved in the Salisbury attack - and one organisation, the Scientific Studies and Research Centre (SSRC), the Syrian regime's principal entity for the development of chemical weapons.

The Council reiterates its unequivocal commitment to Bosnia and Herzegovina’s EU perspective as a single, united and sovereign country. Taking into account that since last year’s general elections, governments have not yet been formed in Bosnia and Herzegovina on State and Federation levels, the Council renews its call on Bosnia and Herzegovina to proceed with government formation and start work without any further delay, in the interest of all citizens. The Council recalls that effective implementation of reforms is necessary to advance on the EU path. In addition, the Council recalls its Conclusions of June 2019, which took note of the Commission’s opinion.

3-2019 Call for Contributions for the European Union Monitoring Mission in Georgia (EUMM Georgia) - Deadline for applications: 25 October 2019 at 17:00 hours (Brussels time) - Late applications will not be accepted.

The demolition and seizure of Palestinian property by Israeli authorities in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, continued during the reporting period.

On 13 October, Ambassador Martin Huth had the honour to present his letter of accreditation to the President of the Republic of Iraq, H. E. Mr. Barham Salih. The President warmly welcomed the Ambassador to Iraq and expressed Iraq's wish for an even closer partnership with the European Union. Ambassador Huth conveyed the EU's willingness to reinforce the excellent relations between Iraq and the European Union.

Национальное агентство «Узбеккино» совместно с Делегацией Европейского Союза в Узбекистане при поддержке Национальной Ассоциации Электронных СМИ Узбекистана объявляют о проведении с 11 октября по 10 ноября VII ежегодного Фестиваля европейского кино.

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