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The important role of seafarers and their professionalism and sacrifice, while serving on the world’s merchant fleet, has been brought to the surface during the COVID-19 pandemic. Shipping has continued to transport more than 80% of world trade, including vital medical supplies, food and other basic goods that are critical for the COVID-19 response and recovery. Yet several thousand seafarers face a humanitarian crisis as they have been stranded at sea, unable to get off the ships they operate, with contracts extended by many months.

28 September 2021, New York – Video message by Jutta Urpilainen, European Commissioner for International Partnerships at the 76th United Nations High Level Event on Jobs and Social Protection to Eradicate Poverty

The EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, Josep Borrell, and the Chinese State Councillor/Foreign Minister, Wang Yi, held the 11th EU-China Strategic Dialogue by video conference on 28 September 2021. They discussed EU-China relations, international and regional issues - including Afghanistan, Myanmar and the Indo-pacific. They also touched upon global challenges like climate change and the fight against the pandemic.

High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell met the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic, Mr Ruslan Kazakbaevin in Brussels on Tuesday. The meeting was an opportunity to discuss EU-Kyrgyz relations as well as pressing issues in the Central Asian region.

La Unión Europea, junto con sus Estados miembros, realizó una gira en Atlántida con el fin de conocer in situ el contexto local. Esto se efectuó mediante acercamientos con distintos actores clave de la zona.

The Council today gave its final approval to a fund designed to help member states tackle the negative impact of Brexit.

The fund of five billion euros (in 2018 prices) will support the hardest hit regions, sectors and communities to cover extra costs, compensate losses or counter other adverse economic and social effects resulting directly from the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union.

El Consejo ha dado hoy su aprobación definitiva a un fondo concebido para ayudar a los Estados miembros a hacer frente a los efectos negativos del Brexit.

El fondo, de 5 000 millones de euros (a precios de 2018), ofrecerá ayudas a las regiones, los sectores y las comunidades más afectados para que puedan hacer frente a los gastos adicionales, compensar las pérdidas y contrarrestar otros efectos económicos y sociales adversos derivados directamente de la retirada del Reino Unido de la Unión Europea.