En primer lugar, me gustaría agradecerle por invitarme a hablar en esta 20ª edición de su foro económico.
Este año, a modo de excepción, el foro se llevará a cabo virtualmente. Y es la naturaleza excepcional de esta crisis COVID-19 lo que deseo abordar primero, estableciendo el contexto para la acción que estamos tratando de tomar a nivel de la UE.
Thank you dear Minister [of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu], thank you for your warm welcome. It is the second time that I am visiting Turkey in the last four months. I have not come more frequently due to the coronavirus. I hope that in the future, once the pandemic will stop imposing constraints, we will be able to increase our contacts, our conversations because we have a lot of things to talk [about], a lot of problems to solve and the common endeavour of improving the relation between Turkey and the European Union.
The European Union is funding a EUR 1.43 million [2.2 billion MMK] project supporting older people and those with disabilities affected by COVID-19 in Myanmar, reaching five million people. The project will be implemented by the Ministry of Health and Sports and HelpAge International.
On Monday 6 July, a Russian court found prominent journalist, Ms Svetlana Prokopyeva, guilty on charges of justifying terrorism after having stated in a radio programme that a terrorist attack at an FSB building was linked to the social and political situation in Russia, and that the incident was a result of the State’s ongoing restrictions on political and civil liberties. She has been ordered to pay a substantial fine, which we consider unjustified.