Statement on the terrorist attacks in Northern Sinai, Egypt

Yesterday’s terrorist attacks in the Northern Sinai region of Egypt have resulted in the death of over 29 people, the wounding of many and the destruction of state infrastructure. These continued attacks undermine Egypt’s stability and economic development. The fight against terrorism will remain EU’s priority and, together with our partners, we need to jointly tackle this common threat. We wish to express our deepest condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government of Egypt. The EU stands by Egypt in its efforts to address the multiple challenges the country is...

Dichiarazione, sugli attacchi terroristici nel Nord del Sinai, Egitto

Gli attentati terroristici di ieri nella regione egiziana del Sinai Settentrionale hanno provocato la morte di 29 persone, il ferimento di molte altre e la distruzione di infrastrutture pubbliche. Questi attacchi ripetuti minano la stabilità e lo sviluppo economico dell’Egitto. La lotta contro il terrorismo resta la priorità dell’Unione europea e, insieme con i nostri partner, dobbiamo affrontare insieme questa minaccia comune. Desideriamo esprimere le nostre condoglianze alle famiglie delle vittime e al governo egiziano. L’UE è al fianco dell’Egitto nei suoi sforzi per affrontare le diverse sfide che il Paese sta...

Statement on the announcement of an agreement by the BiH Presidency on the Written Commitment

The European Union welcomes the announcement of an agreement by the BiH Presidency on the Written Commitment to undertake reforms in the framework of the EU Accession Process. The text of the Written Commitment presented today, which consolidates input provided also by party leaders, is consistent with the requirements set out in the Conclusions of the Foreign Affairs Council of 15 December 2014. The European Union calls on all party leaders to confirm their explicit support to this Written Commitment. This Written Commitment establishes a clear path for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Following completion of the domestic procedure, including adoption by the BiH Parliament, the EU will respond as outlined in the Council Conclusions from December 2014. The EU reiterates its strong commitment to the EU perspective for...

Remarks following the extraordinary Foreign Affairs Council on Ukraine

CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY! We had a very fruitful meeting of the Council, that, as you know, I decided to convene after the attacks on Mariupol, on the request of some Member States, in agreement with President Tusk, with President Juncker – to not only assess the situation on the ground that is extremely worrying and negative, but also to decide on our reaction to that. And on the further steps to be taken at the European Union level. Let me first of all say that I would like to thank very much all the Ministers for their extremely responsible and constructive approach, that allowed us to have not only a very good discussion, but also to take unanimous decisions. We have, first of all – I think you will receive the conclusions adopted in a while, if you didn’t already get them – agreed to support all the diplomatic efforts that are undertaken, even in these hours, and I would refer explicitly to the efforts that Ambassador Tagliavini is taking in Kyiv, with the perspective of a possible meeting in Minsk tomorrow. And we took decisions on the further steps that the European Union is going to take. You will see it in detail in the text, but we have decided to extend the restrictive measures, targeting persons and entities that were decided in March last year. We decided today to extend them until September of this year. In addition to that, we have decided to have a proposal within one week of further names of individuals and entities, to be added to this list. That decision will be...

Remarks upon arrival at the Extraordinary Foreign Affairs Council

As you know, after the unacceptable attack in Mariupol, I decided to convene this extraordinary Council, also on the request of Members States and in agreement with President Tusk. We have discussed the situation in these days – last time a few hours ago with President Poroshenko. On Sunday I had a conversation with Foreign Minister Lavrov and in these hours I’m in constant contact with Ambassador Tagliavini who, as you know, is working in the trilateral contact group, in these hours in Kyiv, also in view of a possible meeting in Minsk in the coming hours. We will take, with the ministers, our decisions today also in view of the European Council and I will, as always, work to keep our unity and to exercise the maximum pressure to stop the fighting and to reach a...