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Les élections présidentielles et gouvernementales de février et avril 2016 se sont déroulées de manière satisfaisante sur le plan technique grâce à l'amélioration progressive des capacités de l'administration électorale, en dépit d'incidents sur l'île d'Ànjoûan. La participation en nombre des Comoriens au scrutin reflète l'ancrage démocratique du pays.


The Presidential and governmental elections held in February and April 2016 were satisfactory from a technical standpoint, thanks to progressive improvements to electoral administration capacities, despite the incidents that took place on the island of Anjouan. The number of Comorians who voted reflects the fact that democracy is firmly established in the country.



Le 18 avril, la haute représentante Federica Mogherini a réuni les ministres des affaires étrangères de l’UE à Luxembourg pour la réunion mensuelle du Conseil des affaires étrangères. À l'ordre du jour figuraient plusieurs questions pressantes telles que la crise migratoire et le travail commun avec des partenaires clés.


Let me start by expressing our condolences for the many victims of the earthquake in Ecuador and also in Japan a few days ago. As you know, all our efforts are mobilised to give support to the Ecuadorian authorities in these hours.
Let me also say that today is a sad anniversary, because exactly one year ago more than 800 people died in a drowning in the Mediterranean Sea. The work that the European Union is doing on migration will be at the centre of our meeting today - obviously the external part of our work on migration.

Luxembourg, 18 April 2016


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We really had an intense day at the Foreign Affairs Council that will now continue also with our Defence Ministers on Libya. I will come to that in a moment.

Publication le 18 avril 2016 au Journal Officiel de l’Union européenne d'une mesure commerciale autonome d’urgence en faveur des exportations d’huile d’olive tunisienne.

Luxembourg, 18 April 2016


Thank you.


Let me give you a short update on the fact that we had all the 28 EU Ministers of Foreign Affairs plus the ones of Defence connected with Tripoli in a video conference with Prime Minister [Fayez] al-Sarraj who shared with us his assessment on the political, security and economic situation of the country and