Visit to Washington

Visit to Washington

On her first trip Overseas, High Representative/Vice President Federica Mogherini visited Washington to discuss key areas of cooperation on global issues and current hot spots as well as the future of the transatlantic partnership. Speaking at a joint press conference with US Secretary of State, John Kerry, Mogherini said: “The strong partnership between the European Union and the US is in our DNA. It’s in our history and it’s our job to make it our future as well.” Mogherini highlighted the good transatlantic cooperation on Ukraine and Russia as well as on the global fight to counter terrorism. “This is not a fight between the West and Islam; this is a fight against terrorism that unites us all, Europeans, Americans, Arabs, Africans, Asians- everywhere.” The HR/VP also highlighted the joint work in the Balkans, on the Middle East Peace Process and on the post-2015 development agenda. While in Washington Mogherini also gave a keynote speech at the Brookings Institutions on the future of the transatlantic relationship. “We live in an age of unprecedented complexity. The world is becoming at once more interconnected, more conflictual and more concentric” she said at Brookings. She stressed that transatlantic cooperation would be central to tackle global challenges: “In the new world we see emerging … forging consensus and building partnership is essential. The new world order … is not, cannot be, a zero sum game where increased influence for some necessarily means decline for others. It is a world where influence is, can be, should be shared.” The HR/VP also highlighted the strategic importance of the negotiation on an EU-US Transatlantic Trade and...

Statement on the latest developments in former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

We have been informed by the Foreign Ministry in Skopje about details regarding the accusations against four people, including Zoran Zaev, Zoran Verusevski and his wife. Charges reportedly concern espionage and violent threats aimed at Government officials with the goal of undermining the constitutional order. These are very serious charges and we recall the inalienable right for an independent and transparent investigation in case of any alleged wrongdoing, with full respect of the rights of the defendants in accordance with the law and international standards, including the principle of presumption of innocence. The EU also reiterates its concern about the deterioration in political dialogue in the country. Political parties must refrain from actions which would further undermine the...

Statement on the launch of military operations against the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (DFLR)

The announcement by the Congolese armed forces of the launch of military operations against the DFLR, as well as the commitment by MONUSCO to provide active support, are steps in the right direction towards attaining stability in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This decision is consistent with the Conclusions of the Foreign Affairs Council of 19 January 2015, stating that the moment had come to start military operations in line with UNSC Resolution 2147 and that those FDLR combatants not prepared to surrender voluntarily should now be disarmed by any means. The EU calls on MONUSCO and the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo to ensure full protection of civilians, respect of international humanitarian law and to take all necessary mitigating measures during military...

Statement on the execution of Robert Ladd in the US State of Texas

The execution by the US State of Texas, on 29 January 2015, of Robert Charles Ladd, in spite of the evidence that he was affected by an intellectual disability, is contrary to international human rights law. The death penalty is cruel, inhuman and irreversible, and does not serve any deterrent purpose. The European Union is opposed to the use of capital punishment under all circumstances and aims at its universal abolition, seeking a global moratorium on the death penalty as a first...

Statement on Israel’s new announcement of settlement tenders

Today’s announcements of settlement tenders, if implemented, will further undermine the viability of the two-State solution; they are illegal in international law and constitute an obstacle to peace. Israel should reverse these decisions, thereby putting an end to settlement expansion. The decisions risk inflaming the very tense situation on the ground. All sides need to exercise maximum restraint and avoid taking any decision that could exacerbate...