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08.07.2017 - G20 Leaders’ Declaration: Shaping an interconnected world

We, the Leaders of the G20, met in Hamburg, Germany on 7-8 July 2017 to address major global economic challenges and to contribute to prosperity and well-being. ...

23.06.2017 - Forging ahead with global climate action

With the Paris Agreement, the world decided to take responsibility for its present and its future, by committing to preserve the very source of life: our planet and its environment. The climate change deal is an unprecedented multilateral partnership between nearly 200 countries, supported by companies and communities across the world, to address a problem facing all of us. It's a challenge we can only tackle together and, since the beginning, Europe has been at the forefront of this collective engagement. ...

19.06.2017 - Climate Change: the Council reaffirms that the Paris Agreement is fit for purpose and cannot be renegotiated

Council conclusions on climate change following the United States Administration’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement ...

01.06.2017 - Countering online hate speech - Commission initiative with social media platforms and civil society shows progress

One year ago, the European Commission and four major social media platforms announced a Code of Conduct on countering illegal online hate speech ...

24.05.2017 - Federica Mogherini hosts an informal gathering with Prime Ministers of the Western Balkans partners

Federica Mogherini, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, hosted an informal gathering with the Prime Ministers of the Western Balkans partners, Prime Minister of Montenegro Duško Marković, Prime Minister of Kosovo* Isa Mustafa, Prime Minister of Albania Edi Rama, Prime Minister of Serbia Aleksandar Vučić, Prime Minister-designate of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia Zoran Zaev, and Bosnia and Herzegovina Council of Ministers Chairman Denis Zvizdić to discuss the way forward for the region's EU membership perspective. ...

24.05.2017 - The Western Balkans and Turkey to deepen economic and social reforms with the EU

In the annual Economic and Financial Dialogue with the EU held today, the Western Balkans and Turkey agreed to speed up economic and social reforms in order to strengthen macroeconomic stability and boost competitiveness and inclusive growth. ...

23.05.2017 - Statement by Juncker following the attack in Manchester

Following the attack in Manchester, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker issued a statement saying: “It breaks my heart to think that, once again, terrorism has sought to instil fear where there should be joy, to sow division where young people and families should be coming together in celebration. (…) Today we mourn with you. Tomorrow we will work side by side with you to fight back against those who seek to destroy our way of life.” ...

17.05.2017 - State aid: Commission simplifies rules for public investment in ports and airports, culture and the outermost regions

The European Commission has approved today new state aid rules that exempt certain public support measures for ports, airports, culture and the outermost regions from prior Commission scrutiny. The objective is to facilitate public investment for job creation and growth whilst preserving competition. ...

17.05.2017 - Declaration by the High Representative, Federica Mogherini, on behalf of the European Union on the occasion of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia And Biphobia, 17 May 2017

On this day, together with millions of people around the world, the EU celebrates the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. It is a timely opportunity to remind Governments of their obligation to promote the universality of human rights and ensure that everyone, regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation enjoys these rights without discrimination. ...

03.05.2017 - Declaration by the High Representative, Federica Mogherini, on behalf of the EU on the occasion of the World Press Freedom Day, 3 May 2017

Free press is vital for having a democracy that works. Today we celebrate the World Press Freedom Day in a difficult context for journalism. Freedom of expression and Freedom of the press are under increasing attacks around the world. ...

27.04.2017 - Mogherini and Hahn on developments in Skopje

Statement by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini and Commissioner Johannes Hahn on today’s developments in Skopje ...

07.04.2017 - Statement by President Juncker following the attacks in Stockholm

Our thoughts are with the people of Sweden following the tragic events in Stockholm today. On behalf of the European Commission, I would like to send my sincere condolences to the families of the victims and to salute the courageous work of the first responders who arrived so quickly on the scene. ...

07.04.2017 - Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the EU on the US strike in Syria

In response to the air strike that hit the town of Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib province on 4 April 2017, with many victims displaying symptoms of gas poisoning, the EU (in its Declaration 193/17 of 6 April 2017) has been unequivocal in its condemnation of the use of chemical weapon: the use of chemical weapons or chemical substances as weapons amounts to a war crime and identified perpetrators must be held accountable for this violation of international law. ...

24.03.2017 - The winners of the Roma Award for the Western Balkans and Turkey will be announced on 28 March

Roma integration continues to be a key priority in the enlargement process. The European Commission encourages the work done by non-governmental organisations in the Western Balkans and Turkey to improve the social inclusion of Roma. One of the initiatives to support this important work is the EU Roma Integration Award launched in 2014. ...

07.03.2017 - Joint statement on the occasion of International Women’s Day 2017

The European Union stands by women in Europe and around the globe today, as it did at the time of its foundation. ...

20.02.2017 - EU-supported films won the Golden Bear and four Silver Bears at Berlinale

Five films supported by the Creative Europe MEDIA programme won the Golden and Silver Bears at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale). ...

06.02.2017 - Joint Statement on the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation

On the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the Commission Federica Mogherini, the EU's Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality Commissioner, Vĕra Jourová, and Development Commissioner, Neven Mimica, joined together to reaffirm the EU's strong commitment to eradicate Female Genital Mutilation and made the following statement ...

01.02.2017 - End of roaming charges: EU negotiators agreed on wholesale prices, the final piece to make it happen

As the last step towards the end of roaming charges by 15 June 2017, representatives of the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission agreed on how to regulate wholesale roaming markets (the prices operators charge each other when their customers use other networks when roaming in the EU). ...

26.01.2017 - New figures show record number of participants in Erasmus+

The European Commission published today new figures showing that the EU's education and training programme, celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, is more successful and open than ever. ...

23.01.2017 - Debt recovery made faster, cheaper and more efficient

Today, new rules enter into force supporting businesses, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), to recover debt from debtors in other EU countries. ...

16.12.2016 - The Western Balkans and their European path

Over the last two years, the unprecedented migration and security challenges have put into question the resilience of Europe and its immediate neighbourhood, at many levels. At the same time, these issues have proven to be opportunities for greater cooperation, closer ties and deepened relationships across Europe as a region and a continent, beyond nationality or EU membership. ...

16.12.2016 - Joint Statement on the occasion of International Migrant Day on 18 December

On the occasion of International Migrant Day on 18 December, Frans Timmermans, First Vice-President of the Commission, Federica Mogherini, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the Commission, Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Neven Mimica, Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Dimitris Avramopoulos, Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Christos Stylianides, Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, and Věra Jourová, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, made the following statement ...

09.12.2016 - Declaration by the High Representative Federica Mogherini on behalf of the European Union on Human Rights Day, 10 December 2016

On 10 December, the European Union and its Member States celebrate Human Rights Day. As inequality and violations of human rights pose increasing challenges across the world, and conflict continues in countries such as Syria, it is all the more important that we redouble our efforts to defend the rights of all people. This is why this year we join the United Nations in calling upon people to stand up for someone's rights. ...

24.11.2016 - Joint Statement on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 25 November 2016

Frans Timmermans, First Vice-President of the Commission, Federica Mogherini, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the Commission, Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Neven Mimica, Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Dimitris Avramopoulos, Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Christos Stylianides, Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Věra Jourová, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, and Julian King, Commissioner for Security Union, made the following statement: ...

24.11.2016 - Freeze EU accession talks with Turkey until it halts repression, urge MEPs

MEPs want a temporary freeze on EU accession talks with Turkey. In a resolution voted on Thursday, they say Turkey should nonetheless remain “anchored” to the EU. They also pledge to review their position when the “disproportionate repressive measures” under the state of emergency in Turkey are lifted. ...

20.11.2016 - Joint Statement on the occasion of Universal Children's Day

On the occasion of Universal Children Day on 20 November, Federica Mogherini, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the Commission, Neven Mimica, Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Dimitris Avramopoulos, Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Christos Stylianides, Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Vera Jourova, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, and Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, made the following statement: ...

16.11.2016 - Security Union: Commission proposes a European Travel Information and Authorisation System

"We need to know who is crossing our borders. By November, we will propose an automated system to determine who will be allowed to travel to Europe. This way we will know who is travelling to Europe before they even get here." – President Jean-Claude Juncker, 2016 State of the Union Address ...

09.11.2016 - Tusk and Juncker congratulate Trump on his election as the 45th President of the USA

Letter from Presidents Tusk and Juncker to congratulate Donald Trump on his election as the next President of the United States ...

09.11.2016 - Enlargement Package 2016 – Johannes Hahn at the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the European Parliament

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Chairman, Honourable members,

I am delighted to be presenting the 2016 Enlargement package in this committee today.

Last year, I set out a medium term strategy to cover the mandate of the Juncker Commission. Today, we look back at the first year of its implementation, take stock of where the countries stand, and make clear recommendations for each. ...

09.11.2016 - 2016 Enlargement Package: credible enlargement process key to driving transformation and anchoring stability in Southeast Europe

BRUSSELS, 09 November 2016 - The European Commission adopted today its annual Enlargement Package. It assesses where the countries of the Western Balkans and Turkey stand in implementing key political and economic reforms, and what needs to be done to address the remaining challenges. ...

31.10.2016 - Joint Statement ahead of the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists on 2 November 2016

Ahead of the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists on 2 November 2016, First Vice-President Frans Timmermans, High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini, Vice-President Andrus Ansip and Commissioners Günther H. Oettinger, Johannes Hahn and Věra Jourová said ...

31.10.2016 - EU and Canada sign CETA

Yesterday, 30 October, in Brussels, the European Union and Canada signed both the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and a new Strategic Partnership Agreement that deepens cooperation across numerous policies. ...

25.10.2016 - Climate change: EU and member states’ contributions up to €17.6 billion in 2015

Contributions from the EU and its member states to help developing countries reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and cope with the impacts of climate change showed a sharp increase in 2015, particularly for adaptation finance. ...

19.10.2016 - Commission urges Member States to support proposals to strengthen European defences against unfair trade

The European Commission today called on Member States to support its efforts to provide the EU with updated, strengthened and more robust trade defence instruments. Despite the fact that the Commission has been using the available toolbox of trade defence instruments to its full extent, these have proven insufficient to deal with the huge overcapacities that result in dumped exports on the EU market. The EU is and wants to remain the biggest trading bloc in the world; but trade must be based on fair conditions. ...

10.10.2016 - Joint Declaration by the European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, on behalf of the EU, and the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, on the European and World Day against the Death Penalty, 10 October 2016

Today, on the European and World Day against the Death Penalty, the Council of Europe and the European Union reaffirm their strong and unequivocal opposition to capital punishment in all circumstances and for all cases. The death penalty is incompatible with human dignity. It is inhuman and degrading treatment, does not have any proven significant deterrent effect, and allows judicial errors to become irreversible and fatal. ...

04.10.2016 - Paris Agreement to enter into force as EU agrees ratification

The European Parliament has approved the ratification of the Paris Agreement by the European Union today. ...

26.09.2016 - Seven EU-funded films awarded at the San Sebastián Film Festival

Seven films supported by the Creative Europe – MEDIA programme were awarded at the 64th edition of the San Sebastián Film Festival in Spain. ...

21.09.2016 - End of roaming charges in the EU in 2017: Commission agrees on new approach to make it work for all Europeans

As announced by President Juncker in his State of the Union Address, Members of the College today discussed a revised draft of the rules needed to avoid abuses of the end of roaming charges in time for June 2017. ...

21.09.2016 - 10 days left to Apply for EU Prize for Cultural Heritage – Europa Nostra Awards

The European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards is Europe’s highest honour in the heritage field. It recognises the best restoration projects; the most impressive research; the most dedicated heritage professionals and volunteers; and the finest awareness raising, training and educational programmes. ...

15.09.2016 - Statement by High Representative Federica Mogherini on the occasion of the International Day of Democracy - 15 September 2016

Democracy lies at the heart of the European Union, and this is why the democratic values that constitute our foundations have to be cultivated each and every day, first of all in our continent. Democracy requires constant commitment to participatory citizenship, transparency, pluralism and inclusion. The links and trust between the citizens and the elected institutions representing them are often under strain, prompting social tensions and political division. ...

14.09.2016 - State of the Union 2016: Strengthening European Investments for jobs and growth

Europe must invest strongly in its youth, in its jobseekers, in its start-ups. The €315 billion Investment Plan for Europe has already raised €116 billion in investments in its first year of operation. And now we are going to take it global." – President Juncker, State of the Union 2016 ...

12.09.2016 - Climate Diplomacy Week: maintaining the political momentum in support of climate action

From 12 to 18 September embassies around the world are celebrating Climate Diplomacy Week, with events taking place to highlight climate action in the EU and beyond. ...

08.09.2016 - Fincluders Fintech Start-up Challenge: fostering technologies that increase access to responsible finance

FRANKFURT AM MAIN, 8 September 2016 – The Development Facility of the European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE DF) said today it is accepting applications for its Fincluders Fintech Start-up Challenge, which offers a top cash prize of EUR 15,000. ...

30.08.2016 - State aid: Ireland gave illegal tax benefits to Apple worth up to €13 billion

The European Commission has concluded that Ireland granted undue tax benefits of up to €13 billion to Apple. This is illegal under EU state aid rules, because it allowed Apple to pay substantially less tax than other businesses. Ireland must now recover the illegal aid. ...

30.08.2016 - European Commission proposes 2018 as the European Year of Cultural Heritage

Today the Commission has put forward a proposal to the European Parliament and Council to designate 2018 as the European Year of Cultural Heritage. In doing so, the Commission is seeking to highlight the role of Europe’s cultural heritage in fostering a shared sense of history and identity. ...

24.08.2016 - Mogherini on the earthquake that hit central Italy

Today the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, has spoken on the phone with the President of the Italian Republic, Sergio Mattarella. ...

24.08.2016 - Statement by Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides following the earthquake in central Italy

“In the early hours of this morning central Italy was tragically struck by an earthquake, with initial reports of several casualties and damage to infrastructure. ...

22.08.2016 - Joint statement by First Vice-President Timmermans, Commissioner Jourová and Commissioner Navracsics ahead of the Europe-Wide Day of Remembrance for the victims of all totalitarian and authoritarian regimes

“On 23 August 1939, Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union signed the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. It marked the beginning of one of the darkest periods in the recent history of our continent, bringing with it the deportation, torture and murder of tens of millions of people under totalitarian regimes. ...

19.08.2016 - Statement by the High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini and Commissioner Christos Stylianides on World Humanitarian Day 2016

World Humanitarian Day marks the anniversary of the 2003 bombing of the UN headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq, when 22 humanitarian workers lost their lives, including the UN Special Representative in Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello. ...

08.08.2016 - Declaration by the High Representative, Federica Mogherini, on behalf of the European Union on the occasion of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, 9 August 2016

BRUSSELS, 8 August 2016 - On the occasion of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, we join indigenous peoples around the world in celebrating the richness of their cultures and their unique contributions to the world’s cultural diversity. The European Union reaffirms its commitments to promote and protect the rights of indigenous peoples. ...