In the United States – at work on artificial intelligence and the role of women in society

In the United States – at work on artificial intelligence and the role of women in society

I write from the United States – where on Saturday, in Seattle, we gathered once again our “Global tech Panel”, thanks to the hospitality of Brad Smith from Microsoft. During the meeting we discussed how to regulate the military use of artificial intelligence: on this issue and others, cooperation between politicians and tech experts is crucial. In the margins of the meeting I also had the pleasure to meet Melinda Gates. Today I am in New York for some meetings at the United Nations, then at Princeton University in New Jersey. All details here. Before leaving I met with the President of the UN General Assembly, María Fernanda Espinosa Garcé. I spent the rest of last week in Brussels, where on Tuesday I chaired the Association Council with Georgia, together with Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze: press conference here. I held several meetings with close partners and neighbours of the European Union: with Central-African President Faustin-Archange Touadéra, with Armenia Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, with the Chairman of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s tripartite Presidency Milorad Dodik, with Algeria’s Minister of State Ramtane Lamamra. It was also a week of work on the role of women in society. Here is the video on Thursday’s discussion at the European parliament, and here is my message on the International Women’s Day. In the coming days I will meet a group of extraordinary women: the Syrian and Yemeni women who are working to seek a solution for the conflicts in their countries. I will see them in New York, then we will host them at the third Brussels Conference on Syria. The future of the Middle East was also at...
A historic day for the Balkans and for Europe

A historic day for the Balkans and for Europe

I write on my way back from Lake Prespa, on the border between Greece and the “Republic of North Macedonia” – as it will now be called – where I took part in the signing of a historic deal between Athens and Skopje. This deal on the “name issue” is a message of hope and peace not just for the two countries involved, but for all the Balkans and for our entire continent. It shows that diplomacy and dialogue can solve even the most difficult issues, when supported by courage and determination. This is what I said today at Lake Prespa, here is my statement on the agreement, and this is what I said on Tuesday at the European Parliament in announcing the deal. The deal between Athens and Skopje is not the only piece of good news of the week. The summit in Singapore between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un demonstrates that the crises of our times can only be dealt with through diplomacy and dialogue. This is what I said on Tuesday at the European Parliament, in Strasbourg, at the beginning of a debate on our work to salvage the deal with Iran – here is the video, here my statement on North Korea. And yesterday, in Afghanistan, the first ceasefire between the government and the Taliban entered into force – a sign of hope in a country at war for decades. Here is my statement. In Strasbourg we also presented, as European Commission, our proposal for the next budget of the European Union. For the first time ever, we want the budget to deal with security and defence – investing in the...