Same challenges, same energy. A Union for the Mediterranean

Same challenges, same energy. A Union for the Mediterranean

Terrorism, development, migration, the crises in Syria and Libya, peace in the Middle East; but most of all shared responsibilities and cooperation. These were the issues we discussed at the ministerial meeting of the Union for the Mediterranean, today in Barcelona. From Bosnia to Morocco, fromFrance to Israel, the 43 countries at the table are not simply united by geography, as we all share the same portion of the world, but also by a long history running up to the tough times we live. For better or worse, our stories have always been intertwined. The same is true today. When we talk about the threat posed by Daesh, or radicalisation, or the many people who leave their homes to seek a better life abroad, we talk about common challenges. We can only face them together. This is true for the countries of the European Union, and it is true for our neighbours. It is not by chance if today’s meeting was chaired by the EU, represented by myself, and by Jordan, with Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh. Beyond the challenges, there is something else that unites us: opportunities. Economic development, trade, energy, the protection of our environment, culture. And our strongest asset: our own societies, united by the energy of our youth, by common cultural roots, by the same desire to work together for the future of our region. Our strongest message – in the face of terrorists trying to convince us we are enemies – is indeed our...

Remarks by Federica Mogherini at the press conference of the Union for the Mediterranean Conference “Towards a common development agenda for the Mediterranean”, Barcelona

Check against delivery Thank you and welcome to this press conference, that comes at the end of our first Ministerial session.  A second one will now take place. It is an honour for me to be here, co-chairing with my good friend Nasser Judah, Foreign Minister of Jordan, but co-chair of the Union for the Mediterranean together with the European Union, this Ministerial that comes for the first time since 2008. A long time, which coincides with the 20th anniversary of the Barcelona process. There is not much to celebrate in these times. It is hard times both for Europe and for the Southern and Eastern part of the Mediterranean. Still, we are here today, 43 countries united. We share geography, we share history, we share most of all the same problems and first and foremost the issue of terrorism, radicalisation but also a refugee crisis and the migratory flows that concern us all, Europeans and our friends from the Southern and Eastern shore of the Mediterranean. We also share the common priority we put on solving the crises, the many crises that our region is facing, starting from the Syrian one, but also the Libyan and the Israeli-Palestinian one. We have common interests and that is why it so important, especially in these difficult times, to come together, united, because our unity is our strength. And it is also our realistic possibility to solve the many different and difficult challenges we have in front of us, jointly. You would maybe be surprised of knowing that not only the Mediterranean is at the centre of the most turbulent events...

Statement of Federica Mogherini in support of a political agreement in Libya

Courage and leadership are always required when it comes to tough choices, but tough choices are what is needed when it comes to the future of a country and of its people. The UN SRSG Martin Kobler is actively seeking a speedy conclusion of the Libyan political dialogue and we expect that all sides in Libya will show courage and will agree on a Government of National Accord. Should the talks continue to stall, Libya will face the further spread of insecurity and instability, an increased threat from terrorist groups, a worsening economic and financial situation and a growing humanitarian crisis. The EU stands ready to help the new Government of National Accord with a substantial 100 million euro aid package to support the delivering of the services the Libyan population urgently needs. We support the UN SRSG in his efforts to garner the necessary support around the Government of National Accord so it can begin the difficult work of restoring stability and preserving the unity of the...

Speech at the EU Global Strategy Conference organised by EUISS and Real Instituto Elcano, Barcelona

Check against delivery The times we live in call for unity, and for rationality. The events in Paris have shocked not just a country, the people living in Paris, but the whole continent. The hatred we are facing – in Paris as well as in Bamako, in the skies of Egypt as well as in Beirut, let alone in Iraq and in Syria on a daily basis – such hatred has shocked not just our continent, but the whole world. Military experts will tell you: try to understand what your adversary wants you to do, and do the opposite. We know the objectives of Dae’sh. They are trying to divide us. Division is what makes them strong. So they try to divide us inside our own societies, first of all. The diversity of our societies has made Europe’s strength. It is integral part of our identity as Europeans. They want to turn it into a liability. They want our citizens to look at each other with fear and distrust. The terrorists also want to divide us from our Arab and Muslim friends, here and in our region. Dae’sh is using the narrative of religion to expand their own influence, and to spread an ideology that feeds on fear. Their un-holy war has nothing to do with faith. It is a struggle for power, dressed up in the narrative of an apocalyptic clash between a self-branded Caliphate and the rest of the world. Let us move beyond this narrative, and think with our own minds. Muslim countries are on the frontline of the fight against Dae’sh. Muslims are the first...