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On Tuesday and Wednesday, High Representative Federica Mogherini addresses the first plenary session of the European Parliament of 2016 on a number of topical issues.

On Tuesday evening, she speaks about the Colombian Peace Process. She then moves on to a debate on the continuing grave situation in Syria, before discussing with MEPs the recent tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran.


The sixteenth Cooperation Council between the European Union and the Republic of Armenia took place in Brussels on Monday, 18 January.

Both sides reconfirmed their joint commitment to enhance and deepen their cooperation in all areas possible, welcoming the launch of negotiations for a future agreement to replace the current outdated Partnership and Cooperation Agreement. They also welcomed the good progress made in implementing the Mobility Partnership, with the EU reiterating its commitment to enhance the mobility of Armenian citizens.

The implementation of the Twinning Project “Support to the State Maritime Administration to Improve Liability in Maritime Transport in the Republic of Azerbaijan” was officially launched on 15 January. The main purpose of this project is to increase the capacity of the State Maritime Administration in the implementation and application of liability procedures foreseen in the International Conventions concerning maritime safety and prevention of sea pollution in Azerbaijan in conjunction with the legislation of European Union.

EU Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, Mr Miguel Arias Cañete represented the EU at the 6th IRENA General Assembly in Abu Dhabi on 16-17 January, chaired by the Egyptian Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy Dr El-Markaby. Over 1,500 delegates and observers attended the Assembly and side meetings.

Brussels, 18 January 2016 


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The Council took a little bit longer than foreseen - as is the case almost every time - but it was extremely good and fruitful in its results. 


Implementation Day of the Iranian nuclear deal, which happened on 16th January, is a turning point for security and stability in the region, but also opens new avenues for bilateral cooperation with Iran, High Representative Federica Mogherini said today, following the Foreign Affairs Council.