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MD Africa, Koen Vervaeke, accompanied Commissioner Mimica visit to Burkina Faso to bring a message of support to the Burkinabé people following the terrorist attacks of 15th January and also to congratulate newly elected President Kaboré who took office on 29 December following a year of Transition in the country.

The coordination team from the European Union's election observation mission arrived in the country on 5 March to observe the general election that will take place on 10 April 2016.


As we celebrate International Women’s Day, Yemenis continue to suffer from the ongoing war which is now close to entering its fourth year.

L'UE suit avec attention les informations diffusées dans le cadre des développements intervenus hier en rapport avec le groupe de médias Feza, auquel appartient le journal Zaman, et des opérations policières qui ont suivi.

L'UE a souligné à de nombreuses reprises que la Turquie, en tant que pays candidat, doit respecter et promouvoir des normes et pratiques démocratiques élevées, notamment en matière de liberté des médias.


The EU is following closely the reports about yesterday's developments related to Feza Media Group, including Zaman newspaper, and the ensuing police action.

The EU has repeatedly stressed that Turkey, as a candidate country, needs to respect and promote high democratic standards and practices, including freedom of the media.

Free, diverse and independent media constitute one of the cornerstones of a democratic society by facilitating the free flow of information and ideas, and by ensuring transparency and accountability.


Le 17 eme Sommet de la Communauté des Etats de l'Afrique de l'Est a confirmé l'engagement de la région à poursuivre la médiation inter-burundaise


The 17th East African Community Summit (EAC) that took place recently in Arusha, Tanzania confirmed the region's commitment to pursue a mediated inter-Burundian dialogue.

The designation of the former President of the United Republic of Tanzania, Benjamin W Mkapa, to facilitate the activities of the EAC mediator President Museveni, should give a much-needed and urgent boost to inclusive inter-Burundian dialogue without preconditions, as underlined by the high-level African Union delegation who recently visited Burundi.


Conference "EU Global Strategy: Eastern Partners in European Security” took place in Vilnius (Lithuania) on 2-4 March 2016

The accession by El Salvador to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court confirms the commitment of El Salvador to the Rule of Law and to ending impunity for the most serious crimes.
El Salvador has become the 124th State Party of the Rome Statute and has joined the ever-growing number of countries supporting the International Criminal Court (ICC).