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The European External Action Service and the European Commission have today released their 18th annual report to the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers on political and economic developments in Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) in 2015. The European Union adheres to a ‘one China’ policy and supports the ‘one country, two systems’ principle and its implementation. 

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Les pourparlers de Genève entre les parties au conflit syrien constituent la principale voie vers un processus politique de transition qui permettra le retour à la paix dans ce pays ravagé par la guerre et redonnera l'espoir à ses citoyens. L’Union européenne a pleinement confiance dans les Nations unies et son envoyé spécial, M. Staffan de Mistura, pour mener à bien ce processus.

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The Geneva talks between the parties to the Syrian conflict are the essential path to a transitional political process that will restore peace to this war-ravaged country and hope to its people.  The EU has full confidence in the UN and its Special Envoy, Staffan de Mistura, to conduct this process.

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Brussels, 22 April 2016 European Commission - Statement "On Sunday 24 April 2016, it will be exactly three years since the collapse of the Rana Plaza garment factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh, a tragic event that claimed more than 1,100 lives.

Le 21 avril, le Comité des droits de l’homme des Nations unies a publié un avis sur la plainte déposée par M. Azimjon Askarov, défenseur des droits de l’homme incarcéré en République kirghize depuis 2010. Il a conclu dans cet avis que les droits humains de M. Askarov ont été violés au regard de plusieurs articles du Pacte international relatif aux droits civils et politiques. Dans ces conditions, l’Union européenne attend de la République kirghize qu'elle mette pleinement en œuvre les recommandations du Comité des droits de l’homme.

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On 21 April the UN Human Rights Committee published an opinion on the complaint submitted by Mr Azimjon Askarov, the human rights defender imprisoned in the Kyrgyz Republic since 2010. It concluded that Mr Askarov's human rights were violated under a number of articles of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. In light of this, the European Union expects the Kyrgyz Republic to fully implement the recommendations of the Human Rights Committee.

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The signing of the Paris Agreement in New York on Friday 22 April 2016 will be a historic event and an important step towards implementing the world's first global climate deal. HRVP Federica Mogherini and Climate Action and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete issued a joint op-ed on the EU's ambitious action against climate change.

HRVP Mogherini gave a keynote address on the EU Global Strategy on foreign and security policy today.

9th Asia-Europe Parliamentary Partnership Meeting (ASEP9)

The ASEP9 took place in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia on April 21-22, 2016.

 

Today marks Mother Earth Day – this occasion coincides with the signing ceremony of the Paris Agreement taking place at the UN Headquarters in New York, a historic event and an important step towards implementing the world's first global climate deal. A record number of countries is expected to attend.

In a joint article, the EU High Representative and Vice President Federica Mogherini and EU Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete continued to say:

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