In Rome, working on European defence and cultural diplomacy

In Rome, working on European defence and cultural diplomacy

Today I am writing from Rome, after a day spent working on European defence and on our cultural diplomacy – two issues where Italy’s initiative has been particularly important. Yesterday morning I was at the lower Chamber of the Italian Parliament, with the Democratic Party and the group of Socialists and Democrats, to talk about culture as a central component of our foreign policy. Thanks to the work we have done together, the European Union’s civilian mission that we are about to launch in Iraq will count on a cultural expert – who will help Iraqi security forces preserve their cultural heritage, and tackle the trafficking of cultural goods. It is a promise turning into reality, which will then be extended also to our other missions. Then a conversation at the Institute for International Affairs (IAI) with Defence Minister Roberta Pinotti. We discussed the incredible work we have done in the last months towards a European Union of security and defence. Two thirds of European citizens understand that today’s threats are too complex for any individual country, and have to be tackled together, at the European level. Here is the video of our...

Why a European Union of security and defence

"No country can deal with modern security threats alone. 2/3 of Europeans want EU to do more in regard to defence" @FedericaMog #EUDefence pic.twitter.com/5ML6ql0Rh4 — EU External Action (@eu_eeas) 30 ottobre...
We can choose to change our times

We can choose to change our times

I write after a week in Brussels and in Germany, concluded by a European Council dealing with many important issues for the security of European citizens and the world. Starting with North Korea: the leaders of the Twenty-eight supported our decision to impose new sanctions on Pyongyang, to try and open a new channel for dialogue to end the current crisis (here are the Council conclusions). On Friday afternoon, here in Brussels, I talked about this with the Foreign Minister of the Republic of Korea, Kang Kyung-wha (press release here). The Council also endorsed the work we are doing to preserve the nuclear deal with Iran, to manage migration flows and for Africa’s development. I talked about this with journalists arriving at the Council, here. And we confirmed that by the end of the year we will launch – for the first time in our Union’s history – a Permanent structured cooperation among Member States on defence. It is the conclusion of a work we initiated almost two years ago, but also a new beginning, towards a Union that can be an even stronger force for peace and security – for Europeans and for the world. Three other important things from the last few days. Today, in Geneva, the European Union hosted with Kuwait a conference to support Rohingya refugees fleeing Myanmar. We announced an extra 30 million in aid to Rohingyas in Bangladesh – here is the press release. I discussed the situation in Myanmar with Aung San Suu Kyi last Thursday – also ahead of the Europe-Asia summit to be hold there in November (press release). Last Tuesday I was in Germany, where I received...