The Coronavirus pandemic and the new world it is creating

The Coronavirus pandemic and the new world it is creating

27 March 2020
" COVID-19 will reshape our world. We don’t yet know when the crisis will end. But we can be sure that by the time it does, our world will look very different. How different will depend on the choices we make today ", writes the High Representative for Security and Foreign Policy Josep Borrell in a…
The European Union provides €82 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)

The European Union provides €82 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)

26 March 2020
The European Union is a strategic and predictable partner of UNRWA and a major provider of assistance to Palestine refugees, whose needs are met by the Agency.  With the provision of funding worth €82 million for 2020, the European Union will allow UNRWA to continue providing access to education…
Human rights and democracy: a new Action Plan for new challenges

Human rights and democracy: a new Action Plan for new challenges

25 March 2020
Today, the European Commission and the High Representative set out the priorities and way ahead on Human rights and Democracy, adopting a Joint Communication and the EU Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy for 2020-2024. Further, they put forward a joint proposal to the Council to act by…
European Endowment for Democracy launches 2019 Annual Report

European Endowment for Democracy launches 2019 Annual Report

25 March 2020
This year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the European Endowment for Democracy (EED) is launching its 2019 Annual Report online. This year’s report provides an overview of EED’s work during the past year, supporting activists, independent media and human rights defenders in the European…
Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange: online collaborative learning without borders

Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange: online collaborative learning without borders

25 March 2020
Twenty thousand young people, educators and youth workers have benefited from Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange since its launch in 2018. Participants have built relationships with their peers from countries like Libya, Germany, Syria, Italy, Morocco, Turkey, or Finland without having to cross borders or…
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Union for the Mediterranean statement: Solidarity, resilience and hope the key to seeing us through this pandemic

24 March 2020
The Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean has issued the following statement: Through this statement, the Union for the Mediterranean wishes to express that, first and foremost, our thoughts are with of the citizens of the Euro-Mediterranean region, as the rise and escalation of this…
Lebanon: High Representative Josep Borrell spoke to Minister of Foreign Affairs Nassif Hitti

Lebanon: High Representative Josep Borrell spoke to Minister of Foreign Affairs Nassif Hitti

24 March 2020
High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell held a phone call with Lebanese Foreign Minister Nassif Hitti on Monday, 23 March. They focused on the regional impact of the coronavirus outbreak and the current economic and financial situation in Lebanon. The phone call took place shortly after…
COVID-19: Council takes steps to ensure institutional continuity

COVID-19: Council takes steps to ensure institutional continuity

23 March 2020
The Council is taking measures to ensure the continuity of its work in the current exceptional circumstances caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. On 23 March, it agreed on a temporary derogation to its Rules of Procedure to make it easier to take decisions by written procedure. This derogation allows…
COVID-19: Temporary restriction on non-essential travel to the EU

COVID-19: Temporary restriction on non-essential travel to the EU

19 March 2020
EU Leaders agreed to temporary restriction of non-essential travel from third countries into the EU area for 30 days. Any possible prolongation of this period should be assessed depending on further developments. The temporary travel restriction foresees exemptions for nationals of all EU Member…
COVID-19: Commission launches European team of scientific experts to strengthen EU coordination and medical response

COVID-19: Commission launches European team of scientific experts to strengthen EU coordination and medical response

18 March 2020
On 17 March, the European Commission launched an advisory panel on COVID-19 composed of epidemiologists and virologists from different Member States to formulate EU guidelines on science-based and coordinated risk management measures. This panel, which was created following a mandate by EU Member…