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Joint Statement

On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the conclusion of the
Special Partnership between the European Union and the Republic of Cabo Verde

The EU notes with great concern that the internationally prominent theatre and film director Kirill Serebrennikov of the Gogol Center in Moscow was arrested on 22 August in Saint Petersburg, charged with fraud, and placed under house arrest until 19 October when his trial is supposed to start. The arrest of Mr Serebrennikov risks having a negative effect on the freedom of expression in the arts and of independent and critical voices in the Russian Federation.

The European Union expresses its deep concern over the detention of Mehman Aliyev, a prominent Azerbaijani journalist and Director of the news agency Turan on 24 August. Mr Aliyev has been detained initially for a period of three months on charges of "tax evasion”, "illegal entrepreneurship" and “abuse of authority”.

Ambassador Christina Lassen, Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Lebanon, met today General Joseph Aoun, Commander in Chief of the Lebanese Armed Forces.

Ambassador Lassen extended her condolences for the killing of Lebanese soldiers who, recently and since 2014, have lost their lives defending the Lebanese eastern border against extremist groups.

 Ambassador Lassen also extended her deepest sympathy to the families of the Lebanese soldiers, as well as to the Lebanese authorities and the people of Lebanon on the day of national mourning.


التقت السفيرة لاسن قائد الجيش العماد جوزف عون، وقدمت له التعازي بالعسكريين اللبنانيين الذين سقطوا أخيراً ومنذ عام 2014 دفاعاً عن الحدود الشرقية اللبنانية ضد الجماعات المتطرفة


Remarks upon arrival by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini at the Informal Defence and Foreign Ministers meetings


The Council of Europe has launched a selection process to identify CSOs that will be involved in direct implementation of the ROMACTED project at the local level. The Call for Proposals-Grant for Support Organisations in the framework of the ROMACTED Programme has been published and application information can be found on the following link:{"28461893":[0]}