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The European Union congratulates Rafael Mariano Grossi of Argentina on his appointment as the new Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

IAEA plays a crucial role in upholding nuclear safety and security, a rules-based global order, effective multilateralism, and implementation of public international law, as well as in monitoring and verifying Iran’s nuclear-related commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA).

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The CSDP Annual Report provides an overview of how EU CSDP Operations & Missions delivered on three priorities - stabilising our region, contributing to the resilience of partner countries and enhancing our responsiveness in all phases of the conflict cycle.

On the 18th and 19th July, the Chairman of the European Union Military Committee (EUMC), General Claudio Graziano, payed an official visit to Slovakia where he was warmly welcomed by the Slovak Chief of Defence, General Daniel Zmeko.

At the Poznań Summit on the Western Balkans, the EU confirmed its commitment to strengthen cooperation with the region with a set of concrete measures focusing on five key areas: transport and energy, digital, economy, security and good neighbourly relations.

The European Council elected today Charles Michel as President of the European Council. The President of the European Council is elected for the period from 1 December 2019 until 31 May 2022. The European Council adopted the decision proposing Ursula von der Leyen to the European Parliament as candidate for President of the European Commission. The European Council also considered Josep Borrell Fontelles to be the appropriate candidate for High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. The European Council also considered Christine Lagarde to be the appropriate candidate for President of the European Central Bank.

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The measures target the financial, energy and defence sectors, and the area of dual-use goods. They were originally introduced on 31 July 2014 for one year in response to Russia's actions destabilising the situation in Ukraine and strengthened in September 2014.

The Council reiterates that cooperation through effective multilateralism remains the best way to advance national as well as collective interests. The EU aims at an effective multilateral system that delivers results in tackling today's and tomorrow's global challenges.

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EU High Representative Federica Mogherini presented on 14 June the third report on the implementation of the EU Global Strategy, taking stock of the progress achieved and indicating the way forward in the EU external action in the coming years

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