Federica Mogherini met with the Foreign Minister of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Igor Crnadak

Today, Federica Mogherini, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, met with Igor Crnadak, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina. They discussed the remarkable progress the country has made on its EU integration path over the last year, when it applied for the EU membership and is now responding to the Questionnaire. They also discussed the ongoing reform agenda efforts: The European Union will support the country in this process, crucial for addressing the economic and social challenges, as well as in the areas of rule of law and public administration. Success in these reforms can bring important benefits for citizens and help advance the EU perspective of BiH as a single, united and sovereign country. Finally, the High Representative and the Minister discussed on the importance of promoting regional cooperation. They also reiterated their commitment to continue the cooperation on security, counterterrorism and fight against...

Statement on the resolution of issues related to reopening of the Mitrovica Bridge

The constructive commitment we have seen in the last two meetings of the Dialogue in Brussels today brings results, to prove once again that only dialogue and political leadership can deliver and for the better. The most important issues related to the pedestrianisation of King Petar Street and the reopening of Mitrovica Bridge have been successfully resolved in Pristina: the implementation of what was agreed began immediately and works have effectively started today. This will contribute to the freedom of movement, people to people contacts and ultimately reconciliation, and will benefit all citizens of North and South Mitrovica. Leaders in the region are demonstrating courage and vision by taking down walls and focusing on building bridges. This is very much the spirit of the EU-facilitated Dialogue for normalisation of relations between Belgrade and Pristina. The opening of the revitalised Mitrovica Bridge and the completion of the pedestrianised King Petar Street in the nearest future will be an important achievement in the implementation of the agreements reached in the Dialogue. Progress on normalisation of relations between Kosovo and Serbia is more than ever of utmost importance to preserve peace and stability between the two sides and in the region; it is also crucial for advancing of both sides towards European Union. The EU will continue its facilitation with strong engagement and I am looking forward to continuing the Dialogue with the leaders of both...
The European way to manage migration

The European way to manage migration

I write on my way back from Malta and from the informal summit of the 28 European leader, where I presented the proposals for a common European action to manage migration flows in the Mediterranean – starting with the support to the agreement with Libya, signed in Rome yesterday. There is a European way to managing migration flows: through cooperation with countries of origin and transit, the respect of human rights, the support to the United Nations’ Refugee agency (Unhcr) and the International Organisation for Migration, the fight against criminal organisations trading on the lives of these new slaves. Here is what I told journalists this morning, here my interview to Corriere della Sera (in Italian), here my speech at the European Parliament ahead of the Summit. In Malta, the whole Union put its weight behind the agreement signed yesterday by the Prime Ministers of Italy, Paolo Gentiloni, and of Libya, Fayez al Sarraj. Hours before the signing ceremony, I had met Sarraj in Brussels: our dialogue focused not only on migration, but first and foremost on the political situation in his country, and how we can help Libya find the unity it needs so urgently. Here is the press conference after yesterday’s meeting with Sarraj. I also discussed the situation in Libya this afternoon, with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. But we also talked about Ukraine, where it is urgent to halt the latest escalation of violence, and the diplomatic work to end the war in Syria, with the Conference we will organise next Spring in Brussels, on the country’s and the region’s future. At the Malta summit we talked precisely about this: the European Union has to play its global...