Joint press release with President of Serbia Aleksandar Vučić

The President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vučić, and the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini, met tonight in Belgrade to discuss, in an open, frank and substantial way, the latest developments and the future of the EU-facilitated Dialogue for normalisation of relations between Belgrade and Pristina. In the conversation the High Representative deplored yesterday’s events in Kosovo: What happened yesterday must not happen again. The European Union expects calm, wisdom, restraint and leadership to prevail. The President and the High Representative agreed to find new ways to continue working and resolving peacefully issues between Belgrade and Pristina. They agreed it is in the national and state interest of Serbia to preserve stability, peace and to progress on the EU...

Federica Mogherini holds meeting with the President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani

Today, in the margins of the Tashkent Conference on Afghanistan: “Peace process, security cooperation and regional connectivity”, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini, met with the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani. The High Representative stressed the European Union’s full support for the comprehensive and unprecedented offer of peace to the Taliban made by President Ghani at February’s Kabul Process meeting. The European Union is ready to accompany this Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process. It is time for all – Afghanistan, the international community, including regional partners, and the Taliban – to make use of this window of opportunity and take concrete steps towards a brighter, peaceful, and prosperous future for all Afghans and the wider region. High Representative/Vice-President Mogherini and President Ghani discussed ways in which the EU may be able to further support Afghanistan’s peace efforts, following the EU-organised dedicated meeting among international and regional stakeholders in the margins of the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan in October 2016, the EU’s support to the implementation of the peace deal agreed with Hezb-e-Islami, and the EU’s substantial financial and political support for Afghanistan’s social and economic development and regional connectivity. The High Representative/Vice-President and the President looked ahead to the UN-hosted ministerial conference on Afghanistan, to be held in November in Geneva as an important opportunity to review progress made by the Afghan government and the international community as regards the political and economic reforms committed to at the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan. The discussions also touched upon the upcoming parliamentary elections and presidential elections and...

EU-facilitated Dialogue: Federica Mogherini held a meeting with Presidents Vučić and Thaçi

Federica Mogherini, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, met on Friday 23 March with Presidents Aleksandar Vučić of Serbia and Hashim Thaçi of Kosovo. They discussed further, within the framework of the new phase of the EU-facilitated Dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina, the preparations of a comprehensive agreement on normalisation of relations. They reviewed progress made in the implementation of the past agreements, in light of recent working sessions held in Brussels. The High Representative underlined the importance the EU attaches to the full implementation of all existing agreements and stressed in particular the urgent need to start with the establishment of the Association/Community of Serb majority municipalities, the Energy Agreement and proceed with the completion of the Mitrovica Bridge. The High Representative welcomed the continued commitment by both Presidents to the normalisation of relations between Kosovo and Serbia and recalled that progress by both on their EU integration agendas is firmly linked to progress in the...

Federica Mogherini hosted a working dinner with the Prime Ministers of the Western Balkans

Federica Mogherini, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, hosted tonight an informal gathering with the Prime Ministers of the Western Balkans to discuss the situation in the region and in particular the opportunities to advance the region’s European Union integration in 2018. Prime Minister of Albania Edi Rama, Chairman of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Council of Ministers Denis Zvizdić, Prime Minister of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia Zoran Zaev, Prime Minister of Kosovo Ramush Haradinaj, Prime Minister of Montenegro Duško Marković and Prime Minister of Serbia Ana Brnabić reiterated their full commitment to continuing to work for the European Union integration process. As clearly confirmed this year, including by the European Council in March and by President Juncker in his September State of the Union address, 2018 will provide a unique opportunity for the region to make irreversible steps forward in its EU integration, provided that the utmost priority is given to the necessary reforms, in particular on rule of law, justice and fundamental rights. With a renewed dynamic in the EU’s enlargement policy and a chance to make important progress throughout the region, the High Representative underlined the need for all Western Balkans partners to accelerate essential reforms to deliver on their citizens’ expectations and take concrete steps towards EU integration. The participants underlined their deep determination and interest in strengthening cooperation and good neighbourly relations and in promoting regional understanding. In this context, the importance of the ongoing discussions between Presidents Hashim Thaçi and Aleksandar Vučić to advance in the EU-facilitated dialogue for normalisation of relations between Serbia and Kosovo was...

EU kick-starts its new External Investment Plan

Following the adoption by the European Parliament and the Council, the European Commission immediately starts the implementation of its ambitious External Investment Plan to boost investments in Africa and the EU Neighbourhood. The European Parliament and the Council have adopted the European Fund for Sustainable Development, the heart piece of the EU’s new External Investment Plan (EIP). The EIP will support more inclusive and sustainable development in Africa and the European Neighbourhood. It will boost public and private investment and thus address some of the obstacles to growth in our partner countries and of the root causes of irregular migration. High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini said: “Less than 10 per cent of Foreign Direct Investment in Africa goes to fragile regions – those that need it the most. We want our External Investment Plan to become a powerful engine of more inclusive and sustainable growth, to create green energy, to bring new opportunities to entrepreneurs, also in the European Union, to young people, to empower women. This is the plan Africa needs, this is what our African partners are asking for, this is European partnership at its best.” Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica added: “Our External Investment Plan marks a new approach for eradicating poverty and achieving inclusive sustainable development. By leveraging in particular private finance, our contribution of €4.1 billion will leverage up to €44 billion of investments which otherwise would not happen. Now it is up to all key players of the private sector in Europe and in our partner countries to join us in creating sustainable growth and decent jobs for the benefit of...

Federica Mogherini visits Teheran

Today, 5 August, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini, visited Tehran, Iran, to attend the formal inauguration ceremony of President Hassan Rouhani. On this occasion she also held bilateral meetings with President Hassan Rouhani, Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, the Foreign Policy Advisor of the Supreme Leader, Ali-Akbar Velayati and attended a roundtable discussion at the Council for Foreign Policy headed by former Foreign Minister Kamal Kahrazi. In the bilateral meetings the High Representative, acting also in her capacity as coordinator of the Joint Commission of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), discussed the state of implementation of the nuclear deal. She stated that the JCPOA is delivering on its objectives as confirmed by the six International Agency for Atomic Energy reports and by the economic results following the lifting of nuclear related economic and financial sanctions. The High Representative reiterated the EU’s unwavering commitment to the deal, recalled its historic significance, multilateral dimension and its importance for regional and global stability. She underlined the need for a full and effective implementation of the deal by all parties throughout its duration. The High Representative reviewed the bilateral cooperation between EU and Iran on different areas. Both sides confirmed their interest in expanding this cooperation and discussions will continue at the next High Level Dialogue meeting. The High Representative conferred with her interlocutors on the situation in the region. She stated her support for a regional mechanism of dialogue. She also discussed the need to urgently find a political solution to the conflict in...