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On Monday 9th May the Office of the European Union Representative in Jerusalem celebrated Europe day in Ramallah marking the 66th anniversary of the founding of the European Union.

Forty years ago the EU made a commitment to Malawi to help in reducing poverty and support sustainable development. Since that time we have seen Malawi changing. It has established a multiparty democracy and sustained peace both internally and with its neighbours. It has made progress in a number of areas of human development. The EU has been a partner on your way to progress.

On Monday, 9 May, the High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini will participate at the meeting of Friends of Syria on ministerial level in Paris, also in presence of the Syrian opposition representative, Riyad Hijab.

The meeting will aim at supporting the Geneva process and preparing for the next round of intra-Syrian talks in order for parties in conflict to reach an agreement for a political transition in Syria.

Malgré les nombreux appels lancés par l'Union européenne, une nouvelle exécution a eu lieu en Biélorussie. Le cas de Syarhey Iwanow, condamné à la peine de mort par la Cour suprême de Biélorussie en mars 2015, est particulièrement choquant car son recours devant le Comité des droits de l'homme des Nations unies était pendant.

La peine de mort prononcée à l'encontre de Sergei Khmelevsky a quant à elle été confirmée par la Cour suprême le 6 mai.


Despite the many calls made by the European Union, another execution has been carried out in Belarus. The case of Syarhey Iwanow, who had been sentenced to death by the Supreme Court of Belarus in March 2015, is particularly disturbing in light of the fact that his complaint was pending with the UN Human Rights Committee.

The death sentence against Sergei Khmelevsky, which was upheld by the Belarus Supreme Court on 6 May, has also been confirmed.


On 6 May in the Sala Regia of the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, together with European Parliament President Martin Schulz and European Council President Donald Tusk took part in the ceremony awarding the Charlemagne Prize to Pope Francis.