A difficult European Council

A difficult European Council

Today was the first day of a complicated European Council, days after a majority of British citizens voted to leave the European Union. We discussed at length with Prime Minister David Cameron the result of the vote, and the work ahead. We will continue tomorrow, and for the first time there will only be 27 Member States. Great Britain has a duty to provide some certainty to its citizens and to the 440 million other Europeans inside our Union (here is the video of my doorstep on arrival at the Council). But the Council has also decided to move on with the migration compacts – and I was asked to coordinate their implementation. And more: we discussed European economic perspectives together with ECB President Mario Draghi, and our relationship with NATO together with Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, after the work we have done to prepare next week’s summit in Warsaw. Our Union’s role in the world was also part of our discussion when I presented the Global Strategy for foreign and security policy to the Heads of State and Government. I also talked about the Strategy, and the future of our Union, in these interviews – by Corriere della Sera, Le Monde and Süddeutsche...

« Le référendum britannique oblige à réaffirmer le rôle de l’Union » . Interview avec Le Monde

Propos recueillis par Christophe Ayad et Jean-Pierre Stroobants La haute représentante de l’Union pour la politique extérieure, Federica Mogherini, a remis samedi 25 juin aux Etats membres un document détaillant sa « stratégie globale » pour la politique extérieure de sécurité et de défense commune (PSDC), qui devait être présenté mardi et mercredi lors du sommet européen. Le dossier de la défense commune ne sera-t-il pas totalement éclipsé par le « Brexit » ? Le référendum britannique oblige d’autant plus à réaffirmer le rôle de l’Union, à mettre en évidence l’intérêt commun des Européens et ce qui doit les unir dans ces domaines, mais aussi ceux de l’énergie, du commerce ou de la migration. Notre unité est le gage de notre rôle dans le monde. Il me semblait que c’était le bon moment pour le rappeler et pour nous adresser à nos partenaires en Afrique, en Asie, ou de l’autre côté de l’Atlantique : l’Europe est là, à l’intérieur et à l’extérieur. Cela fait apparemment partie de ces projets de « refondation » que l’on évoque depuis le vote britannique. Mais cette relance aura-t-elle vraiment lieu ? L’Europe a besoin d’une réflexion en profondeur sur son fonctionnement. Nous pouvons considérer le résultat du référendum comme un signal, un appel à la responsabilité, au leadership politique. La relance du projet doit être une œuvre collective, qui ne peut être menée uniquement au niveau des institutions européennes, mais concerne toutes les capitales. Continuez à lire sur le site de Le...

«Dopo lo choc del voto britannico occorre ridare fiducia». Intervista al Corriere della Sera

Intervista di Maurizio Caprara Per una riunione del Consiglio europeo che rischia di essere all’insegna del lutto, Federica Mogherini ha voluto mantenere un punto all’ordine del giorno rivolto al futuro. Nell’incontro tra capi di Stato e di governo previsto martedì e mercoledì a Bruxelles, l’italiana con la carica di alto rappresentante per gli Affari esteri e la Politica di sicurezza presenterà la sua proposta per una «strategia globale» dell’Unione Europea. In sostanza, in sedute del Consiglio imperniate sul referendum con il quale la Gran Bretagna ha deciso di uscire dall’Ue lei porterà un documento di una ventina di pagine su che cosa deve e può fare l’Unione — nei campi diplomatico, militare, economico — per contribuire alla pace mentre nel mondo alcuni degli assetti geo-politici tradizionali vengono insidiati da crisi, tensioni, guerre. «Dopo lo choc del voto britannico, penso sia utile mettere sul tavolo qualcosa che inietti fiducia in se stessi», dice Federica Mogherini in questa intervista al Corriere. «Abbiamo i mezzi, la forza e la responsabilità per farlo. Anche se molto deve cambiare», aggiunge. In una conversazione di un’ora sono emerse volontà di andare avanti nell’integrazione europea e allo stesso tempo le fatiche che si sono aggiunte da giovedì. L’alto rappresentante doveva essere oggi a Roma per incontrare il segretario di Stato americano John Kerry e il premier israeliano Benjamin Netanyahu. Il viaggio è annullato. Perché non parte più per Roma? «Purtroppo non riesco a muovermi da Bruxelles. Con Kerry ci siamo sentiti e ci vedremo a giorni. Ma devo restare a Bruxelles. Dobbiamo gestire questa fase delicata, preparare il Consiglio. Poi mio ruolo è anche spiegare al resto...
Tough times, common answers

Tough times, common answers

For us who grew up in a Europe without walls and frontiers, for us who dream of a Union that truly unites our continent, today is not an ordinary day. Yesterday’s vote in the United Kingdom leaves us with a great sadness, but also with the will to react. Today I met with all colleagues working at the European Extern Action Service. Among them are so many Brits who believe in the European project, who’ve done so much and continue to do so much for our Union. However difficult this can be, we can only respect the British people’s decision, and go on in our work with even more energy and determination than before. This morning I talked to Philip Hammond, the UK Foreign Minister, and with the Minister of Foreign Affairs who had gathered in Luxembourg. With President Juncker and the other Vicepresidents of the Commission we discussed the work ahead. In such moment, with so many challenges facing us every day, we cannot afford any confusion and uncertainty on our future. We hold the responsibility to keep working on the security and well-being of all European citizens. We must keep cooperating with our partners to put an end to the many crises in our region. The European Union is and will continue to be a strong actor, and a reliable partner to our friends all around the world. We will continue to act as a force for peace, the first trade partner and humanitarian actor all around the world, a provider of security, and a staunch supporter of international cooperation and multilateralism. After today’s vote many things will change, but we...