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On 28 June 2021 the Permanent Representations of five EU Member States to the Council of Europe have signed the Charter setting up a new EUNIC cluster in Strasbourg. The signing comes soon after the approval of the cluster by EUNIC General Assembly on 11 June 2021. Austria, France, Hungary, Luxembourg and Portugal are joining forces to promote cultural relations as a driver of international cooperation, multilateralism and dialogue.

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High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission Josep Borrell hosted an informal dinner with the six leaders of the Western Balkans on the future of the region and the main challenges it is facing. Commissioner for Enlargement Oliver Várhelyi also participated in the meeting.

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Hello,

Today I will be hosting the six leaders of the Western Balkans. This is a tradition. A tradition of having regular informal exchanges about the region and with the region. I am going to revive this tradition.

Understanding that it is an informal meeting, this gives us an opportunity to discuss openly how do we see the situation and challenges of the regional Western Balkans - a really strategic region for Europe.

The latest Eurobarometer survey on development cooperation shows that almost nine in ten EU citizens say it is important to partner with countries outside the EU to reduce poverty.

Digitalisation is a strategic priority in Turkmenistan. Digital transformation is becoming more and more popular among Turkmen enterprises regardless of their location, in main cities or rural areas, with a focus on communication technology and e-commerce.

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On 12 April, the EU Delegation organised a public online conference to mark the recent adoption of the new EU Strategy on the Rights of the Child, map out synergies with the upcoming Council of Europe respective Strategy in this field and grasp the importance of international standards for the protection of the rights of children across Europe.

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Your turn to speak, our turn to listen! In line with the new EU Strategy on the Rights of the Child, we strive to promote, protect and fulfill the rights of the child and this can be best achieved by giving children a powerful and meaningful voice. Help us better understand what these rights mean to you! We invite all children aged 10 to 17 to send us, by 15 October 2021, video projects reflecting their perspectives on their own rights.

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Despite the fact that Roma constitute Europe’s largest ethnic minority with approximately 6 million Roma living in the EU, their status and rights are still overlooked by many in the public debate. Subsequently, Roma are still subject to discrimination and social exclusion. On the occasion of the International Roma Day on 8 April, we are looking at the EU and the Council of Europe’s respective actions to support and empower Roma people across Europe, giving them the opportunity to realise their full potential and engage fully in political, social, economic and cultural life.

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Together we celebrate the amazing courage and commitment of those amongst us who made a contribution for the greater good! The EU Delegation in Strasbourg and its partners are launching an open call for photos and testimonials to illustrate the stories of individuals who faced the crisis and set an example of solidarity in such difficult times. Join forces with us and send us your proposal by the 31st of May 2021! The selected photos will be featured in a virtual exhibition and in a dedicated photobook and postcards collection.

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