Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the EU on Recent Developments in the South China Sea

The EU is committed to maintaining a legal order for the seas and oceans based upon the principles of international law, as reflected notably in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). This includes the maintenance of maritime safety, security, and cooperation, freedom of navigation and overflight. While not taking a position on claims to land territory and maritime space in the South China Sea, the EU urges all claimants to resolve disputes through peaceful means, to clarify the basis of their claims, and to pursue them in accordance with international law including UNCLOS and its arbitration procedures. The EU is concerned about the deployment of missiles on islands in the South China Sea. The temporary or permanent deployment of military forces or equipment on disputed maritime features which affects regional security and may threaten freedom of navigation and overflight is a major concern. The EU therefore calls on all claimants to refrain from militarisation in the region, from the use or threat of force, and to abstain from unilateral actions. The EU encourages further engagement in confidence building measures which seek to build trust and security in the region. The EU fully supports regional ASEAN-led processes and is looking forward to a swift conclusion of the talks on a ‘Code of Conduct’ which will further support a rules-based regional and international order. In this connection, the EU reiterates its offer to share best practices on maritime...

Joint Statement on the European Day of Remembrance of Victims of Terrorism by Frans Timmermans, Federica Mogherini, Vera Jourova and Dimitris Avramopoulos

In unity and defiance we denounce all forms of terrorism worldwide, and with respect and honour we remember the victims. We have lost too many friends, neighbours and loved ones in the past year. We have witnessed too many atrocities. On this European Day of Remembrance, we express our sympathy and support to those who grieve and bear the physical and psychological scars of terrorist acts. We also recall our commitment to support the victims and their families, to strengthen their rights, to defend their interests and to ensure their voices are heard. Terrorists want us to be afraid. They try to spread hatred and fear, to create intolerance and to turn us against each other. This mentality has no place in our societies, our lives, and our European Union. Every one of us must defeat these ideas, defend our fundamental values and rights, and protect our friendships built through diversity and multiculturalism. Communities must feel safe and nobody should feel isolated or excluded from society: this is our common responsibility. The European Union continues to work on helping States both within our borders and beyond to prevent further attacks. Last year, the Commission presented the European Agenda on Security for 2015-2020, which identifies the fight against terrorism as one of its key priorities. Justice and Home Affairs Ministers advanced yesterday with the revision of EU legislation on firearms and they are expected to agree today on a new Directive on combating terrorism, proposed by the Commission to step up our common response to terrorism. We are also working against the financing of terrorism and will make legislative proposals...

Remarks by Federica Mogherini at the joint press conference with Susana Malcorra, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Argentina

Check against delivery! Molte grazie Susana, Lasciatemi dire una parola in italiano perché è veramente un piacere essere in un paese in cui so che parlando la mia lingua, la maggior parte dei cittadini argentini può capirla. La Unión Europea tiene un interés muy serio por las relaciones con Argentina. Queremos reanudar los lazos de nuestra relación. Es por este motivo que estoy de visita aquí hoy – and it is really a great pleasure to be welcomed by you, Susana. I was joking entering  the room that maybe it is the first time that I listen to you speaking in Spanish. We know each other well and it is really a pleasure to be able to continue working  together in this very important work that you have started for your country together with the President and the rest of the Government. En la Unión Europea miramos con buenos ojos las reformas del gobierno y pensamos que estas medidas son esenciales para aumentar la inversión en  la economía, para la creación de empleo y la reintroducción y el acceso al sistema financiero mundial. Ahora, podemos profundizar las relaciones entre la Unión Europea y la Argentina. Compartimos valores democráticos  y lazos sociales, culturales y económicos que son profundos. Puedo asegurarles que vamos a renovar nuestra relación con velocidad y resolución. Tenemos que ver nuestras prioridades comunes que son el comercio, el crecimiento y la creación de empleo, inversiones con el Banco Europeo de Inversiones, ciencia y tecnología, agricultura, cambio de clima, la competitividad global, el desarrollo, la educación y coordinarse bien para desafíos globales dentro del G20. I will switch...

Statement by Federica Mogherini calling for the release of Nadiya Savchenko

I have been following with the utmost personal attention the case of Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko since the very beginning. This is no longer just a judicial or political case: now it’s a matter of human compassion. Her health condition is deteriorating rapidly and we all fear terrible consequences. Her release would be in line with Russia’s international human rights commitments as well as with the ‘Package of measures for the implementation of the Minsk agreements’ and the commitment therein to release all hostages and detained persons related to the conflict in eastern Ukraine. For these reasons, I call on the Russian authorities to immediately and unconditionally release Ms Savchenko on humanitarian...