On 8 August 2019, the Council appointed Johann Sattler as EU Special Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He will also take over the role of the Head of the European Union's Delegation in Sarajevo.
EUBAM Libya and its' staff work for the time being from its' second base in Tunis. The Mission's two-base-model provides the needed flexibility security wise and allows for an uninterrupted continuation of support activities. The Mission focused recently with their Libyan partners on capacity building in the areas on law enforcement and border management.
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.
The EU reaffirms that the underlying multidimensional crisis requires an urgent political solution. This can only be achieved through a peaceful, democratic and Venezuelan-owned process leading to free and fair presidential elections.
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 EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) provide the Union with the operational capacity to deploy both civilian missions and military operations. The range of tasks as set out in the EU Treaty encompass: humanitarian and rescue tasks; conflict prevention and peace-keeping tasks; tasks of combat forces in crisis management, including peace-making; joint disarmament operations; military advice and assistance tasks; post-conflict stabilisation tasks.
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.
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.