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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... read more

Joint press release by Federica Mogherini and President of the African Union, Alpha Condé

The President of the African Union, Alpha Condé, and the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs/ Vice President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini, spoke on the phone on 18 November to discuss the terrible reports of inhumane treatment, notably of slavery, of migrants in Libya. Theyexpressed their total condemnation of these despicable acts and are firm in their resolve to ask for an immediate end to these criminal practices as well as to the trafficking of human beings. Both support demands made to the Libyan authorities to undertake swift action, to fight against the perpetrators of such crimes and to bring them to justice. The High Representative/ Vice-President Mogherini confirmed the EU’s commitment to continue its support tothe United Nations to ensure the respect of human rights, and to improve migrants’ living conditions on Libyan territory. Positive cooperation between African countries and the UN to allow for the safe return of their citizens stranded in Libya was also evoked. The EU’s support to the IOM has also allowed to assist more than 10,000migrants to voluntary return to their countries of origin. At the same time the EU’s financial support to theUNHCR’s resettlement programme for people in need of international protection from Libya has allowed for the initial resettlement of a number of people. The President of the AU and the High Representative also agreed on the need to pursue cooperation of the EU with African countries, including those of the G5 Sahel, as well as with the African Union to actively fight against the traffickers’ and smugglers’ networks. The African Union and the European Union... read more

Renegotiation of the Iran deal is not an option

Op-ed published on The Washington Post’s “World Post”. Original article here President Donald Trump’s decision not to certify the Iran nuclear deal has consequences only in the U.S. — for the moment. But American lawmakers are now in a crucial position: their next moves will have a significant impact on the security of the U.S. and its allies in Europe, the Middle East and the rest of the world. One thing is clear: renegotiation is not an option. I say this out of realism and experience. It took us 12 years to agree on extremely dense and complex technical details in a process that required all outstanding issues to be tackled in parallel. Unilaterally reopening discussions on this or that paragraph is simply impossible. This is a matter of principles and credibility. The Iran deal is endorsed by a resolution of the United Nations Security Council, and we — both in Europe and in America — have always believed in the universal respect of international norms as a fundamental pillar of the international system. With tensions running high around North Korea’s nuclear program, the world cannot afford another nuclear crisis. The nuclear agreement with Iran is working: it has ensured that Iran’s nuclear program is and will remain exclusively peaceful. Everyone who cares about our common security — Europe, the U.S., and friends and partners in the Middle East — should work to preserve the nuclear deal with Iran. The deal is not based on trust. It is based on the most intrusive monitoring regime ever set up in history. The United Nations nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy... read more