2021 August

30 Aug: A mistake to underestimate the Taliban

Editor’s Blog: Produced in collaboration with the EU Buzz team 

It is impossible to underestimate the impact of the miscalculations made by the US and NATO allies when it comes to the disastrous exit of troops from Afghanistan. To state that “the Taliban advanced quicker than expected” demonstrates the lack of understanding of the capabilities of this very powerful terrorist organisation. Most worrying, is that the previously ill equipped Islamic extremists now have access to an arsenal of weaponry and military hardware. For the men, women and children, soldiers and Afghan civilians, who have been brutally murdered through this horrific …

30 Aug: Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the EU on the alignment of certain countries concerning restrictive measures regarding Nicaragua

(Source: Council of the EU)

On 30 July 2021, the Council adopted Decision (CFSP) 2020/12781.

The Council decided that eight persons should be included in the list of natural and legal persons, entities and bodies subject to restrictive measures set out in the Annex to Decision (CFSP) 2019/1720.

The Candidate Countries the Republic of North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Albania2, and the EFTA countries Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, members of the European Economic Area, as well as Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova and Georgia align themselves with this Council Decision.

They will ensure that their national policies conform to this …

30 Aug: CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Enhancing land consolidation in North Macedonia

Deadline: 28-11-2021

(Source: European Commission)

Programme:    PreAccession Countries / New Member States

Geographical Zone:     North Macedonia

Type:   Action Grants  

Published:        30/08/2021

Status: Open » 28/11/2021       


Budget:            1,000,000 (EUR)          

Reference:       EuropeAid/172785/DD/ACT/MK

More information…

30 Aug: CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Strengthening the role of civil society in promoting food security and economic empowerment of women in Vanuatu

Deadline: 11-10-2021

(Source: European Commission)

Programme:    Africa, Caribbean and Pacific   

Geographical Zone:     Vanuatu

Type:   Action Grants  

Published:        27/08/2021

Status: Open » 11/10/2021       


Budget:            2,400,000 (EUR)          

Reference:       EuropeAid/172022/DD/ACT/VU

More information…

30 Aug: EU TENDER: Invitation to tender No06D20/2021/M038 – Supply and installation of six reproductions of statues in the Citizens’ Garden in Brussels

Deadline: 14-10-2021

(Source: European Parliament, DG Infrastructure and Logistics (INLO))

Scope of the procurement

Title: Invitation to tender No06D20/2021/M038 – Supply and installation of six reproductions of statues in the Citizens’ Garden in Brussels

Reference number: 06D20/2021/M038

Main CPV code

39298900 Miscellaneous decoration items

Type of contract


Short description:

Supply and installation of six reproductions of statues in the Citizens’ Garden in Brussels

Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: 710 000.00 EUR

Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: no

More information: https://etendering.ted.europa.eu/cft/cft-display.html?cftId=8899…

30 Aug: An assertive trade policy: EU’s defence measures against unfair trade practices remained effective in 2020

(Source: European Commission)

The system for protecting EU businesses from dumped and subsidised imports continued to function well in 2020 thanks to the EU’s robust and innovative ways of using trade defence instruments (TDI), despite the practical challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. This is part of the European Commission’s new trade strategy, whereby the EU takes a more assertive stance in defending its interests against unfair trade practices.

Executive Vice-President and Commissioner for Trade Valdis Dombrovskis said: “The EU needs effective tools to defend ourselves when we face unfair trade practices. This is a key pillar of our new strategy for an …

30 Aug: Afghanistan: Joint statement of international partners on evacuation travel assurances

(Source: EEAS)

The following statement was released initially by the Governments of the United States of America, Albania, Australia, Belgium, Belize, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Canada, Central African Republic, Colombia, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Estonia, Eswatini, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Finland, France, Gabon, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guinea, Guyana, The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Haiti, Honduras, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Maldives, Malta, Marshall Islands, Moldova, Montenegro, Morocco, …

30 Aug: Iraq: Statement by the Spokesperson on the outcomes of the Baghdad Conference

(Source: EEAS)

The Conference for Cooperation and Partnership held on Saturday in Baghdad is an important step in efforts to support Iraq’s sovereignty and stability and promote de-escalation, dialogue and regional solutions to problems in the Gulf.

The European Union commends the Government of Iraq, with the support of France, for rendering this event possible, showing the crucial bridge-building role the country can play in the region. The EU wholeheartedly welcomes these efforts, which it stands ready to continue supporting.

This Conference shows the way forward for the region, based on partnership and cooperation. It is an opportunity that should …

28 Aug: Intervention du président Charles Michel à la conférence G20 Compact avec l’Afrique

(Source: European Council)

Merci Madame la Chancelière, je voudrais d’emblée me joindre aux propos qui ont été exprimés à votre adresse et saluer à la fois votre ténacité et votre sagesse, dont on a bien besoin dans le monde d’aujourd’hui. Et, pour me référer directement aux propos de Moussa Faki, saluer votre engagement en permanence non seulement à briser des murs, mais surtout à bâtir des ponts.

Et cette réunion montre effectivement une ambition de bâtir des ponts, de se rejoindre, dans le cas de ce Compact avec l’Afrique, comme ça a été bien souligné par plusieurs intervenants.

Dans les quelques minutes …

28 Aug: Afghanistan: Lead MEPs condemn barbaric attack at Kabul airport

(Source: European Parliament)

Statement of the Chairs of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, the Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Delegation for relations with Afghanistan on the terrorist attack at the Kabul airport

Chairs David McAllister (EPP, DE, Committee on Foreign Affairs), Maria Arena (S&D, BE, Subcommittee on Human Rights), and Petras Auštrevičius (Renew, LT, Delegation for relations with Afghanistan) issued the following statement on Friday:

“We condemn in the strongest terms the barbaric attack at Kabul airport in the middle of a dense crowd waiting desperately for evacuation. We mourn with the families of the 72 civilians and at least 13 US soldiers who lost …