Joint press conference by Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the EC, Ibrahim Al-Jafaari, Iraqi Minister for Foreign Affairs, and Bert Koenders, Dutch Minister for Foreign Affairs
Palestinian statehood, Georgia's Association Agreement, freedom of expression in Turkey, and the CIA - December's Plenary session of the European Parliament this week featured many important debates on the EU's external relations.
The European Union and its External Action Service played a significant role in 2014 in international efforts to solve major crises in Ukraine, Syria and Iraq, as well as an escalation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The EU also saw a change of leadership. For the EU's diplomatic service, this saw Federica Mogherini starting her mandate on November 1st as the Union's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice President of the Commission, building on the achievements of former High Representative Catherine Ashton. It has been an eventful and intense year for the EU's external action!
HR/VP Federica Mogherini's agenda this week included chairing the Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) and the EU-Ukraine Association Council, visiting Ukraine, hosting the Eurochanukah event, speaking to CSDP missions and operations and meeting the leadership of both Moldova and Kosovo.
HR/VP Federica Mogherini will travel to Baghdad on 22 December where she will be meeting the President of the Republic Fuad Masoum, Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi and Foreign Minister Ibrahim al Jaafari. She will also meet with the Speaker of the Council of Representative's (CoR) Ibrahim Al Jabouri. The HR/VP will send a message of solidarity and confirm the EU readiness to deepen the relationship with Iraq.