Joint press release of Federica Mogherini and the President of the Republic of Peru Ollanta Humala

Today, the HR/VP Federica Mogherini met the President of the Republic of Peru, Ollanta Humala Tasso, in Paris and discussed the follow-up to the process of the Schengen Visa Waiver negotiations. President Humala confirmed the commitment of the Peruvian authorities to proceed rapidly with the introduction of biometric passports of the highest quality and security standards, in order to guarantee an orderly and safe mobility of travellers. President Humala also provided concrete elements in relation to the advancement of the distribution of biometric passports. All future efforts that will be exercised by the Peruvian government to issue biometric passports to its nationals would allow the swift completion of the negotiations on the Schengen Visa Waiver process.  In this regard, HRVP Mogherini stressed that the visa free mobility of people represents an important step in consolidating the close relations between Peru and the European...
Turkey and COP21, working on our shared challenges

Turkey and COP21, working on our shared challenges

Two important summits in two days: yesterday the EU leaders met with Turkey in Brussels, and today I am in Paris for the opening of the COP21 global conference on climate change. These are challenging and tough times for both Europe and Turkey. From Syria to the Turkish domestic situation, and of course to the refugee crisis – there is much need for cooperation between us. It is vital that our dialogue with Ankara does not forget any of these issues, including media freedom, human rights and, crucially, the re-opening of the peace process with the Kurds. The revitalisation of Turkey’s accession talks with the EU must go together with all these key elements. Our meeting in Brussels came on a sad day for Turkey: the day of Tahir Elci’s funeral. Years ago, when president Erdogan decided to restart the peace process with the Kurds, Europe supported his decision. We are ready to do the same now: peace between Ankara and the Kurds would be important for Turkey, first of all, but also for the whole region and for our European Union. I am now writing from Paris. After the attacks of Friday 13th, it is important that the whole international community is gathering in this city to address a crucial issue such as climate change. For the coming days we will be discussing on the future – and the present – of our planet: climate change is happening now, and is already affecting our lives and our security. We need immediate action, and the European Union will do its best to reach a good and binding agreement here in Paris. This first day of...

Remarks by Federica Mogherini ahead of the Meeting of Heads of State or Government of the European Union with Turkey

Check against delivery! We have difficult times. All of us know very well that apart from the meeting of today, both us, Turkey, but also the region, Turkish people, the European people are all living in very difficult times. And I believe it is important to frame the day – that many describe as an important day – to frame the day of today in the broader picture. And it is a broader picture that sees us working closely with Turkey on many difficult issues, and very important for all of us. From Syria, which is the most urgent one, also because we always say we have to tackle the root causes of the refugee crisis – that is number one, to the internal situation in Turkey. Turkey comes out of a long electoral transition, now we have a government that is there to stay for some years and it is important for us to have a full-fledged dialogue with them on all the relevant issues. Obviously migration and the refugee crisis is one, but also others, including the revitalisation of the accession talks – you know we have been working on opening Chapters. This comes together with the new investment from the Turkish side on basic fundamental elements like human rights, media freedom, and I would like to stress in particular the need to re-start the Kurdish peace process. This was something that was on the table for two years after an initiative that President Erdoğan took at the time. It is important to revitalise it and the European Union will do this, will give all the support...