After the G20 in Japan

After the G20 in Japan

I write after coming back from Japan, where I took part in the meeting of G20 Foreign Ministers in Nagoya. We discussed how to guarantee that global trade remains free but also that it can have fairer rules, how to support a more sustainable development model, and the great global economies’ partnership with Africa. My visit to Japan was also the opportunity for a meeting on how to promote women’s and young people’s participation in peace processes: only with their engagement, can peace have deep roots in their societies. Here is my speech. A few days before, in Brussels, I had met a group of Kenyan women who took part in the first edition of “Ms President” – a tv show that had huge success in Kenya and East Africa, financed by the European Union: the show has given to some very talented women the possibility to enter politics and become a role-model for girls and women like them. Here is the meeting’s video. Still in Brussels, I also took part in the meeting of Chiefs of Defence from all EU Member States, to discuss the progress we have made in these years towards a Europe of defence, and in the meeting of intelligence services’ chiefs. During the week the Council has also approved a new European civilian mission to the Central African Republic – a mission that we have decided to organise on request by local authorities and the United Nations. Press release here. In these days we have also kept following closely the situation in Syria, Yemen, Libya, in Israel, in Iran and in Nicaragua. And today I chaired...
Another step forward for European defence

Another step forward for European defence

I write after a week spent between Brussels and the Gulf. Last Monday I chaired the monthly meeting of European Foreign Ministers, which was the opportunity to host the Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok: his country has chosen democracy and we – as the European Union – are trying to give our full support to this transition, from a political and economic point of view (press release here). We then dealt with the situation in Afghanistan after the presidential election, with the situation in the Gulf and the nuclear deal with Iran, and we discussed the latest developments in Bolivia. Press conference here. And this is our statement from last Monday on the International Atomic Energy Agency’s latest report on Iran, together with the Foreign Ministers of France, Germany and the UK. We also discussed the situation in Bolivia on Wednesday at the European Parliament’s plenary session, here is the debate. And here are the debates on Turkey’s drilling activities off the Cypriot coast and on the situation in Chile. Last Tuesday I chaired the meeting of the Union’s Defence Ministers. Together we hosted NATO’s deputy Secretary-General Mircea Geoană to discuss EU-NATO cooperation, before we moved to two other issues. We approved thirteen new projects in the framework of our Permanent Structured Cooperation on defence, spanning from common trainings to missile defence. And we worked on our European military and civilian missions, to guarantee that they always have the necessary resources – we focused in particular on key areas such as the Sahel and the Horn of Africa. There were also some positive steps forward regarding Operation Sophia’s future. Here is the press...