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December 12, 2013 European Parliament calls for more support to eastern partners, rejects Russia’s role in association process The outcome of the Vilnius Eastern Partnership summit of 29 November shows that the EU must do more to support the European aspirations of its eastern partners, MEPs have said in a resolution adopted today. They urged the December EU Council to send a strong political signal that the door to the EU is...
December 11, 2013 Ukraine: Ashton calls for dialogue with political forces and society EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton has deplored police action against peaceful protesters in Kyiv in the early hours of Wednesday. “I was among you on Maidan in the evening and was impressed by the determination of Ukrainians demonstrating for the European perspective of their country,”...
December 11, 2013 Commissioner and MEPs take stock of Eastern Partnership and reiterate EU support to Ukraine’s European choice The Vilnius Summit is continuing in the streets and squares of Kyiv, where Ukrainian citizens show massive support for European integration, for reform and modernisation, Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Commissioner Štefan Füle has said, addressing the European Parliament’s plenary...
December 11, 2013 Parliament approves new European Neighbourhood Instrument with more than €15 billion in funding for 2014-2020 A deal with EU member states on six foreign policy funds – including more than €15 billion for the new European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI) – was endorsed by the European Parliament today. The total funding for the six instruments is worth over €51 billion for the period 2014...
December 11, 2013 The final publication: the CIUDAD experience   The EU funded CIUDAD programme has just released its final publication, titled “The CIUDAD Experience”. This pamphlet captures and highlights the programme’s results. Its aim is to share positive models and to inspire other local and regional authorities.   The CIUDAD programme...
December 11, 2013 Ashton to explore all possible ways towards genuine peaceful solution in Ukraine EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton has voiced concern over last night's action by riot police in Kyiv. In a statement issued today, she condemned the use of force and violence, “which cannot be the answer to peaceful demonstrations,” and called for utmost restraint.   “I...
December 11, 2013 Human rights must be upheld in EU ties with partners – European Parliament Members of the European Parliament have appealed to the EU to ensure that human rights and democracy are observed in all aspects of its relations with its partners in a resolution on human rights in the world in 2012, adopted today. They also call on the Foreign Affairs Council to hold a public annual...
December 10, 2013 Ukraine: Ashton warns action against opposition could derail efforts for solution EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton travels to Ukraine today, expressing concern at police action to forcibly enter the offices of the country’s main opposition party, warning the events risked derailing efforts to find a way out of the current stalemate.  "On the eve of my visit to Kyiv...
December 10, 2013 Human Rights Day: EU determined to promote respect of human rights around the world The struggle for human rights continues throughout the world, including in the Neighbourhood, and the EU must remain firm in promoting the respect for human rights, senior EU leaders have said today, in statements to mark Human Rights Day.   “The EU remains determined to promote the respect...
December 10, 2013 European Parliament votes to free wine trade with Moldova to offset Russian trade sanctions The EU will soon be importing wine from Moldova duty free, thanks to a proposal, backed by Members of the European Parliament today, to help offset losses to Moldova due to Russia’s recent ban on imports of Moldovan wines. The EU-Moldova Association Agreement, initialled at the 29 November Eastern...
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