Making a difference: at an EU-funded project in Mozambique

Making a difference: at an EU-funded project in Mozambique

I am writing from Mozambique today. I spent the whole day in Maputo, visiting an EU-funded project on youth, citizenship and employment – the “Maria Grazia Rizzo” centre run by AVSI – and the “Dream” children care and AIDS treatment centre run by Sant’Egidio. Here are a few photos taken today. Tomorrow I will write more about my institutional meetings – with the President, the Foreign Affairs Minister and the oppositions....

Statement by Federica Mogherini on cessation of hostilities in Syria

The agreement announced by the US and Russia, as co-chairs of the ceasefire task force established by the International Syria Support Group (ISSG), of which the EU is part, on the terms of a nationwide cessation of hostilities in Syria is good news and a step in the right direction.  It is fully in line with the decision taken by the ISSG in Munich last week. It is now crucial to work on the concrete implementation of modalities.  It must apply to all parties currently engaged in military or paramilitary hostilities, other than groups designated as terrorist organisations by the United Nations Security Council, as also emphasized by the European Council on 19th February Our duty is now to work with all relevant actors to accept the modalities for cessation of hostilities and to honour the commitments they made in Munich last 11-12th February. Syrians have already seen the first signs that the diplomatic talks can deliver for them with the relief of besieged areas with convoys of humanitarian aid. The delivery of humanitarian aid and the respect of the cessation of hostilities would enable UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura to reconvene the intra-Syrian talks in Geneva. The EU as a member of the ISSG is working hard to support the UN Special Envoy and the Syrian parties in implementation of UNSCR 2254. All members of the ISSG have the responsibility to live up to their commitments to implement the UNSCR 2254. After 5 years of conflict, we appeal to all not to waste this opportunity to put an end to the war in Syria and unite forces...

Press release on the meeting between Federica Mogherini and UN Special Representative for Libya, Martin Kobler

On 23 February 2016, the HR/VP Federica Mogherini met in Brussels with the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative and Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya, Martin Kobler. They exchanged views on the implementation of the Libyan Political Agreement and, in particular, on the importance for the House of Representatives to be able to quickly vote on the proposal to establish a Government of National Accord. The HR/VP and the Special Representative agreed to continue to work together to ensure maximum support to the Government of National Accord, in their shared belief that only a stable government enjoying widespread backing throughout the country will ultimately be able to address the serious challenges, including security, Libya is confronted with. The discussion also touched upon the deteriorating economic and financial crisis in Libya and on the humanitarian crisis that is affecting several areas in the country. HR/VP Mogherini reiterated the EU’s commitment to provide substantial aid to the new Libyan authorities as soon as a Government of National Accord is in...
Syria, the UK referendum, and our European Union

Syria, the UK referendum, and our European Union

I am writing as I travel to Africa: Mozambique and South Africa. This visit goes well beyond the development aid that the European Union is providing to the continent: it designs a strategic partnership on the big global issues – from climate change to migration to the fight against poverty. Before I left I met in Brussels with the United Nation’s special envoy for Libya, Martin Kobler, and I was in the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament for a meeting with members of both the EP and national Parliaments (a good chance for seeing many friends and former colleagues). We discussed Syria, the refugee crisis, and how to save the great European integration project. It is a project which we need everyday more, and which could vanish if strong political leaders do not support it with courage and resolve – both at European and national level. It is about time we understand this: when we discuss a transfer of sovereignty towards the European Union, we are in fact talking about the only way to regain our sovereignty in today’s globalised...