Federica Mogherini participated today in the European Culture Forum in Brussels together with a number of leading European artists, cultural operators and policy makers. It was an opportunity to present the first ever European Strategy on Cultural Diplomacy, which the High Representative is preparing together with Commissioner Tibor Navracsics.
EU-Russia Experts Network is a new cooperation initiative, launched in 2016, under the Partnership Instrument. It is an informal professional network of foreign policy analysts and think tanks from EU and Russia. EU-Russia Experts Network meets on a quarterly basis to discuss key foreign policy issues with the aim of coming up with practical recommendations for a new modus operandi for EU-Russia relations.
First of all I would like to thank you for having invited me to this great event, and for giving me the opportunity to reflect on something bigger, and deeper, than the everyday crisis agenda of the current Foreign policy.
Dr Leyla Yunus and Mr Arif Yunus have today arrived in the Netherlands and they have finally now been reunited with their daughter. The compassionate decision of the Azerbaijani authorities to allow the Yunus' to leave the country further contributes to the enhancement of relations between the European Union and Azerbaijan. We continue to call for the full release and rehabilitation of all those currently imprisoned or under restricted movement in Azerbaijan on political grounds, in line with Azerbaijan's international commitments.
Mme Leyla Yunus et M. Arif Yunus sont arrivés aujourd'hui aux Pays-Bas où ils ont enfin pu retrouver leur fille. La décision des autorités azerbaïdjanaises, dictée par la compassion, de permettre à M. et Mme Yunus de quitter l'Azerbaïdjan contribue également à l'amélioration des relations entre l'Union européenne et ce pays.