The EU stands up for human rights

Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the EU on Human Rights Day

10 December 2019
We celebrate this year the 10th anniversary of the Charter of the Fundamental Rights and the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Yet these rights continue to be challenged around the world. In particular, children and youth continue to be the main victims of human…
HR/VP Josep Borrell

HR/VP Josep Borrell: A stronger European Union within a better, greener and safer world

02 December 2019
On 1 December, Josep Borrell assumed the post of EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission. " I am privileged and honoured to take up the role of the European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and…
President-elect von der Leyen

Speech by President-elect von der Leyen in the European Parliament Plenary on the occasion of the presentation of her College of Commissioners and their programme

28 November 2019
Mr President, Honourable Members,  Exactly thirty years ago, today - the 27th of November, the clock strikes twelve.Church bells ring. Sirens blare. Workers down tools. Factories, mines and shops empty as the streets fill up with dance and hope. The historic two-hour general strike in the middle…
European Parliament elects the von der Leyen Commission

European Parliament elects the von der Leyen Commission

28 November 2019
In a roll call vote that took place at noon on Wednesday, MEPs approved the new College of Commissioners with 461 votes in favour, 157 against and 89 abstentions. During her opening statement, European Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen reiterated many of the commitments she made in…
Universal Children's Day celebration

Statement by HR/VP Mogherini on the occasion of Universal Children's Day

19 November 2019
On the occasion of Universal Children's Day on 20 November, the European Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy stated the following : "This year we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child - the most widely…
HR/VP Federica Mogherini

Statement by HR/VP Federica Mogherini on Israeli settlement policy

19 November 2019
The European Union's position on Israeli settlement policy in the occupied Palestinian territory is clear and remains unchanged: all settlement activity is illegal under international law and it erodes the viability of the two-state solution and the prospects for a lasting peace, as reaffirmed by…
“Water security and water diplomacy in the Middle East”

EU supports the organisation of a workshop about water security in the Middle East

28 October 2019
On October 24, a workshop about “Water security and water diplomacy in the Middle East” took place in East Jerusalem. The workshop was organised by IPCRI and Arava Institute in the framework of EuroMeSCo ENI Project, co-funded by the European Commission and the IEMed. The workshop examined how…
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Statement by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini on the occasion of the United Nations Day

24 October 2019
On 24 October we celebrate the laying of the first stone of the most universal multilateral project in history: the United Nations. On this day back in 1945, the UN Charter entered into force and since then, the organisation has worked to deliver on peace, sustainable development and human rights…
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European Commission campaign on consumer rights to roll out across Europe until 2020

17 October 2019
Travellers from the European Neighbourhood to Europe may be interested to learn about a new communication campaign launched by the European Commission on consumer rights -#YourEURight. Currently being rolled out across Europe, this digital-led campaign aims to raise awareness of key EU consumer…
South Programme III Regional Steering Committee meeting: violence against women remains top priority

South Programme III Regional Steering Committee meeting: violence against women remains top priority

30 September 2019
The EU/Council of Europe joint programme “Ensuring sustainable democratic governance and human rights in the Southern Mediterranean”, known as the South Programme III (2018-2020), held its Regional Steering Committee meeting in Brussels on 16-17 September 2019. The programme is funded by the…