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“We are assisting thousands of stranded people, helping many to go safely back home to start an activity, saving lives, fighting traffickers. The flows have decreased, but still too many put their lives at risk and every single life not saved is one too many", Federica Mogherini, the EU High Representative, said following the presentation of the Progress Report of the European Agenda on Migration on 6 March.
Many files on the table at the very first summit between the European Union and the League of Arab States. From the conflicts in Syria – where both the EU and LAS can help "win the peace" when the war will be over, but without taking shortcuts – to the peace between Israel, Palestine and the Arab world. In between, the full implementation of the Stockholm agreement on Yemen, and national reconciliation in Libya, with points also on economic relations, security and migration
The EU-IOM Joint Initiative for Migrant Protection and Reintegration is supporting more than 60,000 returning migrants with post-arrival reception and reintegration support in their countries of origin. EU High Representative Federica Mogherini met IOM Director-General António Vitorino at the Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration Transit Center in Addis Ababa this weekend.
For the past 10 years the EU has successfully deployed a CSDP military naval operation to fight piracy off the coast of Somalia. Today the threat of piracy has been minimised. At the same time the operation was tasked with monitoring fishing activity and reporting any illegal activity. Improved security conditions now allow communities to engage in fishing activities supported by EU and UN missions and initiatives.