On 10 December 2019, the EU's European Research Council (ERC) announced the winners of its latest Consolidator Grant competition: 301 top scientists and scholars across Europe. Funding for these researchers, part of the Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, is worth in total €600 million. With this support, the new grantees will have a chance to build up their teams and have far-reaching impact.
Mr Janez Lenarčič paid his first visit to Geneva in his new role as Commissioner for Crisis Management. He came for the 33rd International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent (RCRC), where he gave a key note speech at its closing session and held bilateral meetings with representatives from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).
On 29 November 2019 Suriname’s Military Court convicted President Desi Bouterse of the murder of 15 opponents in December 1982. This is a matter that has deeply divided the country in the past.
The European Union reaffirms its firm solidarity with the families of the victims. For them, this verdict represents a long sought achievement and, hopefully, a consolation and closure.
The verdict is still subject to appeal. Without prejudging the final outcome, the persistent and tireless conduct of the trial since 2007 demonstrates the independence and integrity of the judiciary of Suriname.
The European Union will continue to support the independence and integrity of the judiciary of Suriname in the further legal process and reiterates its importance in terms of national reconciliation.