Foreign Affairs

13 Dec: Mali: EU sets up autonomous framework for sanctions against those obstructing the political transition

(Source: Council of the EU and European Council)

The Council today amended its sanctions regime in view of the situation in Mali, establishing new criteria that will allow the EU to autonomously impose restrictive measures on individuals and entities responsible for threatening the peace, security or stability of Mali, or for obstructing the implementation of its political transition. To date the EU has only been able to transpose into EU legislation the sanctions decided by the United Nations.

Today’s decision follows up on the agreement reached by the Foreign Affairs Council on 15 November 2021 to establish a dedicated framework …

21 May: A stronger Europe in the world will require clear messaging.

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

When it comes to foreign policy, Europe is awash with mixed messaging. There appears to be no clear strategy, and worst of all, no clear principles. It is very difficult to comprehend how the European Union will achieve its fourth priority “a stronger Europe in the world”. 

Ursula von der Leyen has stated that the EU endorses a multilateral rules-based order by ‘strengthening our unique brand of responsible global leadership’. In February 2021, the European Commission, jointly with the High Representative/Vice President of the Commission (HR/VP), Josep Borrell, adopted a …

18 May: Cyber-attacks: Council prolongs framework for sanctions for another year

(Source: Council of the EU and European Council)

The Council today decided to prolong the framework for restrictive measures against cyber-attacks threatening the EU or its member states for another year, until 18 May 2022.

This framework allows the EU to impose targeted restrictive measures on persons or entities involved in cyber-attacks which cause a significant impact, and constitute an external threat to the EU or its member states. Restrictive measures can also be imposed in response to cyber-attacks against third states or international organisations where such measures are considered necessary to achieve the objectives of the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP).

Sanctions currently apply to eight …

15 May: Russia: Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the EU on the publication of a list of so-called “unfriendly States”

(Source: Council of the EU)

The European Union deplores the publication of Measures in “Response to Unfriendly Actions of Foreign States”, following the unprecedented Decree signed by President Putin on 23 April. The EU considers the allegations of unfriendly actions as unfounded.

This Decree is incompatible with the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of 1961 with regard to the duties of the host state to secure the functioning of diplomatic missions. 

We call on Russia to review its decision, to avoid a further deterioration of our relationship that is already under strain. The EU will continue to coordinate its position …

13 May: EU stands in full solidarity with Nepal in its fight against the pandemic, mobilizes EURO 2 million (NPR 282 million) to tackle infection surge

(Source : EEAS)

Press releases

Nepal has requested EU assistance to help contain the explosion in COVID-19 cases. In response, the EU has mobilised an initial EURO 2 million (NPR 282 million) in humanitarian funding, which will support monitoring of all home isolated cases through tele-health / tele-medicine services and rapid referral to hospitals; national emergency medical teams deployment and international emergency medical teams mobilisation facilitation; procure COVID-19 equipment and supplies in Nepal. 

Key equipment and supplies will include oxygen equipment including oxygen gas cylinders, oxygen concentrators, home care kits, diagnostics including antigen test kits; personal protection equipment. Nepal has …

12 May: AT A GLANCE : Turkey: 2019 and 2020 country reports

(Source: EU Parliament)

Turkey’s relations with the European Communities/Union date back to 1959, with milestones including the Ankara Association Agreement (1963) and Customs Union (1995). Turkey is a key strategic partner of the EU on issues such as migration, security, counter-terrorism and trade. However, following democratic backsliding, in June 2018 the Council of the EU decided to freeze accession negotiations. During its May 2021 plenary session, the European Parliament is due to debate a resolution on the Commission’s latest country reports on Turkey.

Full Report…

12 May: AT A GLANCE : Turkey: 2019 and 2020 country reports

(Source: EU Parliament)

Turkey’s relations with the European Communities/Union date back to 1959, with milestones including the Ankara Association Agreement (1963) and Customs Union (1995). Turkey is a key strategic partner of the EU on issues such as migration, security, counter-terrorism and trade. However, following democratic backsliding, in June 2018 the Council of the EU decided to freeze accession negotiations. During its May 2021 plenary session, the European Parliament is due to debate a resolution on the Commission’s latest country reports on Turkey.

Full Report…

12 May: AT A GLANCE : Montenegro: 2019 and 2020 country reports

(Source: EU Parliament)

In 2008, Montenegro applied for EU membership, and accession negotiations began in 2012. Montenegro has opened all 33 negotiation chapters, three of which have been provisionally closed. Public opinion surveys show that 75 % of the population support the country’s accession to the European Union. A new government led by Zdravko Krivokapić took office in Montenegro on 4 December 2020. During its May 2021 plenary session, the European Parliament is due to debate a resolution on the Commission’s latest country reports on Montenegro.

Full Report …

12 May: AT A GLANCE : Montenegro: 2019 and 2020 country reports

(Source: EU Parliament)

In 2008, Montenegro applied for EU membership, and accession negotiations began in 2012. Montenegro has opened all 33 negotiation chapters, three of which have been provisionally closed. Public opinion surveys show that 75 % of the population support the country’s accession to the European Union. A new government led by Zdravko Krivokapić took office in Montenegro on 4 December 2020. During its May 2021 plenary session, the European Parliament is due to debate a resolution on the Commission’s latest country reports on Montenegro.

Full Report …

12 May: Civil society to benefit from launch of new online learning platform

(Source: EEAS)

Press releases

Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in the Pacific will now be able to access valuable learning resources and toolkits to boost their capacity following the virtual launch of an online Moodle platform in Suva today.

Launched by the European Union (EU) and OXFAM in the Pacific “Raising Pacific Voices” project, the Moodle platform will enable users to access learning resources developed by the project from anywhere – be it from their homes, offices, institutions or organisations. 

Speaking at the launch, the Team Leader for Natural Resources and Governance at the EU Delegation Ms Ingrid Swinnen said, “The …