Grief, solidarity and reconstruction

Grief, solidarity and reconstruction

I was in Rome when the earth shook, at 3.36am, the night between Tuesday and Wednesday. My thoughts went back immediately to another night, in 2009, when the earthquake in L’Aquila woke us up at about the same hour. The same grief for the victims, for the children, the families, the communities. The struggle and the suffering of those who dig through the rubble, who organise the rescue, who save and who comfort, who help find and rebuild life. The sense of urgency of these hours, and the need to look forward to reconstruction. Back in 2009 I was in the Democratic Party’s secretariat, and I organised the aid work of the party’s volunteers. Today, the first thought was to make sure that all the European tools for solidarity are made immediately and fully available. This is what I discussed yesterday with the Italian President Sergio Mattarella, and we will continue in the coming days to guarantee Europe’s full support to Italy (here is the statement by my colleague Christos Stylianides). With this constant thought in mind, and with a heavy heart, I headed to the summit of Socialist leaders hosted by President Hollande in Paris. We will prepare our work to restart our Union’s engine, after the meeting in Ventotene last Monday and towards the summit in Bratislava in mid September. Today we also got some good news, though: after years of tough negotiations – constantly supported and encouraged by the European Union – tonight the final peace agreement between Colombia and the FARC was reached. In a painful moment, I received the call from President Santos, whom I’ve met so often during...

Statement by Federica Mogherini on the announcement of an agreement between the Government of Colombia and the FARC-EP on a definitive and final peace agreement

The announcement of a final peace agreement today in Havana between the FARC-EP and the Government of Colombia is reason for celebration. It is an historic and unique opportunity for peace in Colombia, which follows a long negotiation requiring great political will and perseverance. I had a telephone conversation today with President Santos, who informed me of the historic developments. I pay tribute to his political leadership and vision, to the negotiating teams, to Cuba and Norway as guarantors, as well as to Venezuela and Chile as facilitating countries. It is now for the Colombian people to decide on their own future through the plebiscite. Many challenges lie ahead in the implementation of the agreement, which should pave the way for lasting peace in the country and be based on genuine national reconciliation and justice. It should also bring truth and reparations to the victims, who have endured so much loss and pain throughout the years of conflict. The European Union has supported Colombia since the beginning of the peace process and will continue to stand by it during the post-conflict phase. I want to personally express all our support to the political courage which is needed to make peace and guarantee to Colombia that the European Union will continue to be at its side in this historic process. As I announced to President Santos in Bogota during my visit on 25-26 May, the European Union will provide support to the implementation of the peace process with an overall package of € 575 million. Together with the Government we are already preparing new projects, which include peace education in the context...

Comunicato stampa sul terremoto in Italia centrale

L’Alto rappresentante per la Politica estera e di Sicurezza dell’Unione Europea, Federica Mogherini, ha avuto oggi un colloquio telefonico con il Presidente della Repubblica italiana, Sergio Mattarella.  Mogherini ha espresso al Presidente il suo dolore personale e quello manifestatole dai suoi colleghi europei per il devastante bilancio del terremoto della notte scorsa nell’Italia centrale.  Tutta l’Europa è partecipe della sofferenza degli italiani e si è subito mobilitata con offerte di aiuto, ha sottolineato Mogherini.  La Commissione, ha spiegato al Presidente, ha già risposto alle prime richieste arrivate dall’Italia ed è pronta a mettere a disposizione tutte le risorse e gli strumenti previsti in queste...