Federica Mogherini met with the Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova, Pavel Filip

High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini met the Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova, Pavel Filip, today in Brussels to review the state of play of bilateral relations and of the ongoing reform process in the country, which is at the core of our Association Agreement. In their discussions, Prime Minister Filip outlined the reform agenda of his government for the coming months and highlighted its focus on the implementation of the Association Agreement. The High Representative confirmed the European Union’s support, stressing the crucial importance of the solid reform agenda in the interest of the country’s citizens. She congratulated the Prime Minister on the IMF Board’s approval of a new programme. Touching upon the regional situation, the High Representative and the Prime Minister agreed on the importance of good neighbourly relations. The HRVP and Prime Minister Filip also discussed prospects for a Transnistrian...
Fidel Castro’s death. At work on Kosovo, Cyprus and Syria

Fidel Castro’s death. At work on Kosovo, Cyprus and Syria

I never met Fidel Castro, but I had the opportunity to meet several times his brother, President Raúl Castro, during my official visits to Cuba and some international summits in Latin America. In these two years I have worked a lot with the Cuban authorities, to sign the agreement between the European Union and Cuba and to fully normalise our relations. There are issues where our differences are deep, others where we are very close. On all issues, with no exceptions, we have agreed to discuss openly and to work together. Our institutional work now mirrors a friendship that Europeans and Cubans have never stopped nurturing. This will go on, in a moment of great changes for the island. Here is my statement on the passing away of Fidel.   Back to Brussels. Yesterday we held a meeting that, in a way, is historic: the first Association and Stabilisation Council between the European Union and Kosovo. It is a milestone in the country’s path towards European integration. It was an important day for Kosovo and the European Union also because we signed a deal that will allow Kosovars to have access to a number of European programmes, including Erasmus. Here is the press conference after the Council. In the last  couple of days I also called Cyprus’ President Nicos Anastasiades and the leader of the Turkish-Cypriot community, Mustafa Akıncı, in a crucial moment for the talk on Cyprus. They both confirmed that they are determined to carry on the peace process and not to waste a historic opportunity – not only for the island but for Europe and the Middle East. Here is my statement....

Statement on the passing away of Fidel Castro

Having learnt the news of the passing away of Comandante Fidel Castro, I would like first of all to express my most heartfelt condolences to his brother Raul, their family and friends. Fidel Castro was a man of determination and an historical figure. He passes away in times of great challenges and uncertainties. And of great changes in his country. With agreeing on the Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement last spring, the European Union opened a new chapter in relations that have always been strong through decades with the Cuban people. The European Union will keep bringing forward its strong engagement with...

On the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Each time we mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, we acknowledge a failure of our societies. Women and girls are targeted – at home, in their communities or at their working place – all over the world. Our European Union makes no exception: on the contrary, we are witnessing a worrying trend that defies achievements we used to take for granted. Women endure enormous pain, and very often they have to carry this weight alone. But violence against women is violence against the entire society: the entire society has to react, starting with men. As policy-makers, we bear the greatest responsibility to protect women and raise awareness: the European Union has put forward targeted projects all around the world, including through the new EU Gender Action Plan 2016-2020, and within our borders. For instance, we are supporting young women who say “no” to forced marriage, and we are working with families and local leaders who renounce female genital mutilation. We are helping to spread the message that violence against women is a sign of weakness for men, not of strength. Because this is first and foremost a cultural fight that involves all, with the media playing a very sensitive role. There can be no room for complacency. Each and every word should be chosen carefully when gender-based violence is concerned, and there should be no other word to describe the perpetrators than “criminals.” Criminals who deprive girls and women of their right to study, to work, to choose their partner or to leave him, criminals who deprive them from their...

Statement on Cyprus talks

I have spoken in the last hours to both Cypriot leaders Nicos Anastasiades and Mustafa Akıncı, who updated me on the state of play of the talks following their discussions in Mont Pèlerin. During the calls, I expressed the EU’s continuous support to the process under the auspices of the UN and Special Envoy Espen Barth Eide, and to the remarkable efforts of the two leaders. They both confirmed their determination to continue the process. This is a historic opportunity for the people of the island, for the region, for Europe; it cannot be...