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Strumenti comuni per gestire i flussi migratori. La mia intervista al “Corriere”

Intervista di Lorenzo Cremonesi. Leggi sul sito del Corriere E’ il momento delle grandi sfide per l’Europa e la sua politica nel mondo. Vedi le svolte di Donald Trump che mettono in dubbio i tanti decenni di alleanza Eu-Usa, l’espansionismo muscolare di Vladimir Putin, la Brexit, i migranti, Isis, l’incertezza economica, l’antieuropeismo montante tra gli europei: cosa la preoccupa di più? «La mancanza di fiducia in noi stessi. I nostri partner internazionali, dall’Argentina al Giappone, continuano a dirmi che noi europei non ci rendiamo conto della nostra potenza. Mi preoccupa: siamo noi a non capire la nostra forza. In un periodo di totale stravolgimento degli equilibri geopolitici, il mondo guarda all’Europa come al partner affidabile su questioni centrali come quelle del commercio libero ed equo, diritti umani, multilateralismo, sostegno all’Onu, diplomazia che previene i conflitti, cambiamenti climatici, siamo il primo mercato mondiale, abbiamo 16 missioni militari all’estero e l’elenco è ancora lunghissimo. Insomma, siamo come una meravigliosa sedicenne che si guarda allo specchio e si vede brutta. La nostra salute fisica è perfetta, ma siamo labili di nervi, una vera crisi d’identità, di mancanza di consapevolezza. Se non conosci la tua forza, rischi di non usarla e ciò potrebbe alla lunga minare le basi della nostra potenza». Trump glorifica la Brexit, è una minaccia? «No, l’America non è una minaccia per l’Europa. I nostri legami sono antichi e più profondi di qualsiasi amministrazione Usa. Ma la politica americana deve ancora definirsi, dovremo vedere cosa farà il Congresso, che criticava Obama per essere troppo dolce con Mosca. Questa è una crisi interna americana, non nostra». Anche noi sposteremo la nostra... read more

Statement ahead of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day

We remember the genocide committed here, on European soil, just two generations ago. We remember the millions of Jews murdered in the Shoah, and the many other victims. As Shimon Peres, now sadly no longer with us, once said: ‘We are their eyes that remember. We are their voice that cries out.’ To those who would deny, this is our message. A message of collective responsibility. We have a responsibility to remember: a responsibility towards the victims, towards the survivors. A responsibility towards the future generations. And a responsibility towards Europe, and all European citizens. As a reaction to the World War and to Shoah, the founders of a united Europe decided to turn the page. A united Europe was the only way to ensure that “never again” such tragedies would happen inside our continent. Our founders rejected the vicious idea that one nation, one people, one ideology should enslave all others. They chose to build a Union of diversities. And it is a choice we are called to confirm each and every day. As we celebrate the sixtieth anniversary of the Rome Treaties, and over seventy years of peace inside our Union, we must pass the message to younger generations: a peaceful and diverse Europe cannot be taken for granted. Anti-Semitism has not disappeared, and European Jews have too often come under attack. Discriminations based on religion and on ethnicity are worryingly on the rise. Each new generation needs to commit again to the foundations of our peaceful coexistence. A peaceful and diverse Europe needs constant care, and it is everyone’s interest, and... read more

Statement following the high level meeting in the framework of the EU-facilitated Dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina

Today, Presidents Tomislav Nikolić and Hashim Thaçi and Prime Ministers Isa Mustafa and Aleksandar Vučić joined me for a high level meeting of the Dialogue for normalisation of relations between Belgrade and Pristina. I would like to thank them for the open and very constructive meeting we had. They discussed the developments over the past days, agreed to leave the tensions behind and to focus on the work ahead. I underlined that progress in the normalisation of relations between Kosovo and Serbia is essential: for Kosovo and Serbia, for the European Union itself, and the Western Balkans region as a whole. Advancing in the Dialogue is key for both sides in moving forward on their respective paths towards the European Union. I am encouraged by the leadership, vision, commitment and engagement shown by the political leaders today to address and solve issues of mutual concern through the Dialogue. Both sides agreed to take the Dialogue forward in a spirit of respect, cooperation and mutual understanding. Discussions between the sides will intensify over the next days. We decided to have a series of rounds of the high level Dialogue, starting from the coming days. I want to thank once more the Presidents and Prime Ministers for their openness and their strong commitment to the Dialogue. We will now take the agreed work forward constructively and concretely for the benefit of all people in Serbia and in Kosovo, advancing concretely on their European paths. I as a facilitator of the Dialogue will continue to be constantly personally involved in supporting the full implementation of today’s outcome, of agreements already reached and... read more

Federica Mogherini meets UN Special Representative for Libya Martin Kobler

On 24 January 2017, the High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini met in Brussels with the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Representative and Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya, Martin Kobler. Federica Mogherini and Martin Kobler exchanged views on the political and security situation in Libya, and on the regional initiatives to support a political, inclusive solution in the country. They discussed the perspectives of intensifying cooperation to support such a solution which should be to the benefit of all Libyans. In this respect, they discussed EU-UN cooperation also together with that of other regional actors with a view to overcoming the obstacles to finding a negotiated outcome to the many challenges that Libya faces. The HR/VP also updated the Special Representative on the EU’s comprehensive efforts to tackle the challenges of irregular migration along the Central Mediterranean Route, which focus on saving lives at sea and tackling traffickers and smugglers. She underlined the importance of assisting migrants, including with their protection, including by engaging with Libyan authorities and international organisations to improve the conditions of migrants inside Libya – and promoting migration governance in Libya, whilst tackling the root causes of migration. In this regard, the HR/VP Mogherini also updated the UN Special Representative Kobler on the training of the Libyan Coast Guard by EUNAVFOR MED Operation... read more

Federica Mogherini speaks with the Libyan Prime Minister Fayez Al Sarraj

Today, the High Representative/Vice President Federica Mogherini spoke at length with the Libyan Prime Minister Fayez Al Sarraj. They discussed the political and security situation in Libya and the support that the European Union provides to the Government of National Accord and to the Libyan people. The regional context and initiatives were also passed in review, with the aim of supporting an effective outcome. The HRVP reaffirmed the EU’s full commitment to supporting the political process and the priorities defined by Libya in a number of areas, including migration and border control. Federica Mogherini invited the Prime Minister to Brussels in the coming weeks to continue working... read more

The Iran nuclear deal is a success – and the whole world is safer for it

My op-ed on today’s Guardian. Read it here on their website One year ago this week, the European Union, China, France, Germany, Russia, the UK, the US and Iran began to implement the joint comprehensive plan of action on Iran’s nuclear programme. This agreement was the result of brave choices, political leadership, collective determination and hard work. A year on, we can clearly say that the Iran deal is working and we need to maintain it. To those critics who have raised concerns, both about the terms of the agreement or about the very idea of having an agreement at all with Iran, I say: take a close look at the facts. The agreement has already paid off by addressing a highly contentious and longstanding dispute in a peaceful manner. In its absence, today we might be facing one more military conflict, in a region that is already far too destabilised. The deal, one year after its implementation, is delivering on its main purpose: ensuring the purely peaceful, civilian nature of Iran’s nuclear programme. The International Atomic Energy Agency – the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog – has issued four reports on the matter and has regularly verified that Iran is complying with its nuclear-related obligations. This means that the Iranian nuclear programme has been significantly reformatted and downsized and is now subject to intense monitoring by the IAEA. The joint commission – which I coordinate – oversees constantly the implementation of the agreement, meeting regularly, which allows us to detect even minor possible deviations and to take necessary corrective measures if the need arises. The deal is also working for... read more

L’accordo con l’Iran funziona. Oggi il mondo è più sicuro

ESATTAMENTE un anno fa, il 16 gennaio del 2016, l’Unione europea, la Cina, la Francia, la Germania, la Russia, il Regno Unito, gli Stati Uniti e l’Iran hanno avviato l’implementazione del Piano d’azione congiunto globale sul programma nucleare iraniano. È stato il frutto di scelte coraggiose, capacità di leadership politica, determinazione collettiva e lavoro intenso. A un anno di distanza, possiamo dire con chiarezza che l’accordo sta funzionando e dev’essere mantenuto

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Federica Mogherini in Geneva for the International conference on Cyprus

High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini is in Geneva for the International Conference on Cyprus. The European Union, a strong supporter of the UN-facilitated settlement talks, attends the sessions of the Conference as an interested party. In this context, Mogherini met also bilaterally with Espen Barth Eide, Special Advisor of United Nations Secretary General on Cyprus, with Nicos Anastasiades and Mustafa Akıncı, and with the Foreign Ministers of Greece, Nikos Kotzias, and of Turkey, Mevlut Cavusoglu. “The EU supports this historic opportunity to settle the Cypriot issue after 40 years, in the heart of Europe and Mediterranean,” Mogherini said in Geneva, and “is looking forward to welcoming a united Cyprus.” At the margins of the Conference on Cyprus, Federica Mogherini also discussed the situation in Syria, the EU regional initiative on the future of the country and the international efforts to put an end to the conflict with the Turkish Foreign Minister and UN Special Envoy Staffan De... read more

Remarks following the signature of the Financing Agreement with Ms Sahar Nasr, Minister of International Cooperation of Egypt

Check against delivery! Let me say a few words. Thank you very much: first of all because my voice today is very low, but also because I will have to run to the Arab League for an important EU-League of Arab States’ Ministerial we have today. It is a particularly sad time for our region: attacks in Berlin yesterday; the very sad episode of the killing of the Russian ambassador [Andrei Karlov] yesterday in Ankara and just a few days ago another attack, this time in Jordan and one week ago here in Cairo. This tells us that we are jointly facing a very difficult and challenging time for our common region and this is the kind of cooperation that we like to bring in the region and for the people. I would like to thank my friend, the Minister [of International Cooperation of Egypt, Sahar Nasr] for an excellent cooperation in particular on these two projects we signed today. One in support – and I know, even though I do not understand Arabic, that you described the projects at length – but especially the fact that we managed to work together to promote job creation for young people in a country that is made of young people and where young people must find their place in life and in jobs, with good quality jobs and a future and also a present. And also a project to finance meals for children in school, especially the most vulnerable children, especially the young girls who are sometimes the first ones to pay when a family is facing a difficulty back home.... read more

Federica Mogherini discusses Syria in the margins of OSCE Ministerial Council

Federica Mogherini, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, held today a series of bilateral meetings in the margins of the OSCE Ministerial Council meeting in Hamburg. In separate meetings, the High Representative discussed with the US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov the situation in Syria and the need to protect civilians, particularly in Aleppo, and allow humanitarian assistance in these dramatic hours. They also exchanged views on the outreach the High Representative has started with the regional actors, in close coordination with the United Nations, on the reconstruction and the future political and institutional set up of Syria, linked to the beginning of the political transition. The conflict in eastern Ukraine was also on the agenda of the bilateral meetings Federica Mogherini had with Minister Lavrov and separately with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin. The High Representative stressed the need for a full implementation of the Minsk agreements, by all parties, and the readiness of the European Union to increase its support for their... read more

Europe needs vision and realism. The Willy Brandt Lecture 2016

Check against delivery! President, Professor, Friends, It is really, really an honour for me to be here with you. You cannot imagine how much I feel this emotion of being here with you today hosted by Humboldt, one of the world’s most prestigious universities, the Willy Brandt Foundation and to hold this year’s Willy Brandt Lecture. I can only be humbled to follow in the steps of my friend Jan Eliasson [Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations], my mentor, a great Italian President, a great European, a great friend of Germany, Giorgio Napolitano, and all the other great men who spoke during the previous Willy Brandt Lectures. And I said “men” because I understand I am the first woman to receive this honour – I thank you for that, I hope this will open the way for many other women to follow my steps. One of the previous lecturers – the Nobel Peace Prize winner [Mohamed] ElBaradei – described Willy Brandt as, I quote, “a man of vision and realism.” Vision and realism. These two words often go together when we talk about a previous generation of European leaders. Tonight, I would like to talk about both of these qualities – vision and realism – and why they are incredibly needed in today’s Europe. And let me mention that I believe just today Pope Francis recalled to all of us the need for strong visionary leadership in our continent. But before I get to that, I would like to spend just a few words on the place where we are. It might be normal for you, but it is... read more

Federica Mogherini met with the Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova, Pavel Filip

High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini met the Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova, Pavel Filip, today in Brussels to review the state of play of bilateral relations and of the ongoing reform process in the country, which is at the core of our Association Agreement. In their discussions, Prime Minister Filip outlined the reform agenda of his government for the coming months and highlighted its focus on the implementation of the Association Agreement. The High Representative confirmed the European Union’s support, stressing the crucial importance of the solid reform agenda in the interest of the country’s citizens. She congratulated the Prime Minister on the IMF Board’s approval of a new programme. Touching upon the regional situation, the High Representative and the Prime Minister agreed on the importance of good neighbourly relations. The HRVP and Prime Minister Filip also discussed prospects for a Transnistrian... read more

Statement on the passing away of Fidel Castro

Having learnt the news of the passing away of Comandante Fidel Castro, I would like first of all to express my most heartfelt condolences to his brother Raul, their family and friends. Fidel Castro was a man of determination and an historical figure. He passes away in times of great challenges and uncertainties. And of great changes in his country. With agreeing on the Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement last spring, the European Union opened a new chapter in relations that have always been strong through decades with the Cuban people. The European Union will keep bringing forward its strong engagement with... read more

On the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Each time we mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, we acknowledge a failure of our societies. Women and girls are targeted – at home, in their communities or at their working place – all over the world. Our European Union makes no exception: on the contrary, we are witnessing a worrying trend that defies achievements we used to take for granted. Women endure enormous pain, and very often they have to carry this weight alone. But violence against women is violence against the entire society: the entire society has to react, starting with men. As policy-makers, we bear the greatest responsibility to protect women and raise awareness: the European Union has put forward targeted projects all around the world, including through the new EU Gender Action Plan 2016-2020, and within our borders. For instance, we are supporting young women who say “no” to forced marriage, and we are working with families and local leaders who renounce female genital mutilation. We are helping to spread the message that violence against women is a sign of weakness for men, not of strength. Because this is first and foremost a cultural fight that involves all, with the media playing a very sensitive role. There can be no room for complacency. Each and every word should be chosen carefully when gender-based violence is concerned, and there should be no other word to describe the perpetrators than “criminals.” Criminals who deprive girls and women of their right to study, to work, to choose their partner or to leave him, criminals who deprive them from their... read more

Statement on Cyprus talks

I have spoken in the last hours to both Cypriot leaders Nicos Anastasiades and Mustafa Akıncı, who updated me on the state of play of the talks following their discussions in Mont Pèlerin. During the calls, I expressed the EU’s continuous support to the process under the auspices of the UN and Special Envoy Espen Barth Eide, and to the remarkable efforts of the two leaders. They both confirmed their determination to continue the process. This is a historic opportunity for the people of the island, for the region, for Europe; it cannot be... read more

Federica Mogherini meets with the Syrian opposition leaders

The HR/VP Federica Mogherini met today the deputy High Negotiating Committee (HNC) general coordinator Yahia Kadmani, with the leaders of the HNC’s two main political coalitions – President of the National Coalition for Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces (SOC) Anas al-Abdah and the General Coordinator of the National Coordination Body (NCB) Hassan Abdulazim – and their delegations. The HR/VP and the Syrian opposition leaders had a long exchange on the possible political and institutional future of Syria, on post-conflict, reconciliation and on reconstruction, as part of the outreach Mogherini is conducting in the region in full coordination with the United Nation’s Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura. The HR/VP and the leaders of the Syrian opposition also discussed the most recent developments in the Syrian crisis. They agreed it is urgent to end the fighting and engage in political talks focussed on a genuine political transition based on relevant UNSC Resolutions. They discussed the dire humanitarian situation and ongoing efforts to ensure the delivery of humanitarian aid to, and medical evacuations out of, Eastern Aleppo as well as to other besieged areas, as outlined in the EU humanitarian initiative. They agreed on the need for all parties to ensure full access to all those in need and to end all obstruction to the delivery of humanitarian aid. The HR/VP will continue her outreach on the post conflict set up in Syria tomorrow with her visit to the United Arab Emirates, on the occasion of the 7th annual Sir Bani Yas Forum hosted by the UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs. The HR/VP will have bilateral meetings, including with UAE Foreign Minister... read more

Statement by Federica Mogherini and Johannes Hahn on the detention of several HDP Members, including the party’s co-chairs

The European Union is gravely concerned about the detention last night of several HDP Members of the Turkish Grand National Assembly on charges alleging support of terrorist activities. Among those detained are the party’s co-chairs Ms. Figen Yüksekdağ and Mr. Selahattin Demirtaş, both democratically elected leaders and our trusted and valued interlocutors. These developments add to the concerns we expressed after the immunity of more than 130 democratically elected Members of Parliament was lifted in May this year. They compromise parliamentary democracy in Turkey and exacerbate the already very tense situation in the South East of the country, for which there can only be a political solution. The EU considers actions against PKK, listed as a terrorist organisation also by the EU, as legitimate. At the same time the EU believes that such actions must never undermine the basic principles of democracy. We expect Turkey to safeguard its parliamentary democracy, including respect for human rights and the rule of law, and we are conveying these expectations directly to the Turkish authorities. Together with the Council of Europe, the EU will continue to follow and assess the situation very closely, in constant coordination with all Member... read more

Speech at the opening of the EU-CELAC Ministerial Meeting

Check against delivery! Excelentísimo Presidente [Danilo Medina Sánchez, President of the Dominican Republic], Excelentísimo Canciller, Dear Ministers, colleagues and friends, Es un placer para mí encontrarme de nuevo con los colegas y amigos de América Latina y el Caribe, en la ocasión de esta importante reunión. Son tiempos de cambio para el continente. Tiempos en los que las antiguas líneas divisorias – heredadas de la Guerra Fría – finalmente se han borrado. Pero sabemos que las transiciones históricas no siempre son lineares. Entonces tenemos la responsabilidad de gobernar el cambio en América Latina, en el Caribe y en Europa. Este año el Premio Nobel de la Paz lo ha recibido Colombia, y con Colombia, toda América Latina. Permítanme que felicite a mi amigo el Presidente Santos y a Maria Ángela, la cancillera Holguín, porque la Unión Europea apoya plenamente su esfuerzo adicional, y el esfuerzo de los colombianos, para conseguir una paz estable y duradera. Hemos apoyado el proceso de paz hasta ahora, vamos a seguir apoyando y acompañando todos los esfuerzos para abrir un nuevo histórico capítulo en Colombia. Mais les défis auxquels nous sommes confrontés sont énormes. Nous le savons très bien ici dans les Caraïbes, en Amérique Latine et en Europe. Mais nous pouvons les affronter avec succès si nous le faisons ensemble: penser au changement climatique et à l’Accord de Paris. Nous sommes arrivés à le signer ensemble. Nous ne saurions toutefois oublier le nouvel ouragan particulièrement violent qui a frappé à nouveau les Caraïbes il y a à peine trois semaines. Haïti a spécialement souffert des destructions qui ont accompagné cet ouragan et je... read more

Statement by Federica Mogherini, Neven Mimica, Christos Stylianides on the release of girls kidnapped by Boko Haram in Nigeria

After two and a half years away from their homes and families, 21 Chibok girls kidnapped by Boko Haram, are finally released. Amongst all the troubles in the world today we celebrate. It is time to give these girls hope, life, a future. Yet we cannot forget all the others who remain abducted with their families and those who have suffered from the violence of Boko Haram. All efforts must continue to bring the perpetrators of this terrible act to account. We congratulate the government of Nigeria, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and Switzerland, on the successful negotiations. We wish for the safe return of the girls to their families and their full reintegration into society. The EU remains ready to assist the Government of Nigeria in its fight against Boko Haram, and in its humanitarian, development and reconstruction efforts. Violence has displaced 2,2 million people in North Eastern Nigeria. The EU provides humanitarian assistance to this vulnerable group, especially children, in the form of child protection, nutrition, psychosocial support, support to unaccompanied children and... read more

Statement by Federica Mogherini on her call with President Filipe Nyusi of Mozambique

“I had today a very open and constructive phone call with Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi. I expressed my condolences following the murder of peace negotiator Jeremias Pondeca and we both agreed that the peace process should by no means be affected by this crime. The immediate public reactions both by President Nyusi and Renamo leader Dhlakama give hope that there is now an opportunity to continue with the peace talks with sustained determination and firm commitment by all sides. Regular and fluid communication between both leaders would certainly help in moving the process forward. I expressed my hope that in the forthcoming round of peace talks starting as of next week, agreement can quickly be reached on the most pressing pending issues. I underlined that the EU remains fully committed to continue supporting the peace process in... read more