Statement by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini and Commissioner Johannes Hahn on the New Year's attack in Istanbul

Bruxelles, 01/01/2017 Joint Statements Another deadly attack hit Istanbul overnight, killing at least 39 men and women and injuring dozens more, while they were celebrating the beginning of the New Year. We extend our deepest condolences to the families and friends of the victims and wish a speedy recovery to those who have been... 
(01.01.2017)

Statement to the President of the Republic of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

European Commission - Statement Brussels, 1 January 2017 It is with great sorrow that I have learnt about the terror attack in Istanbul in the early hours of this morning. In my personal name and that of the whole European Commission, I would like to express my heartfelt condolences to you and my solidarity with the victims... 
(01.01.2017)

Facility for Refugees in Turkey: the EU invests in the education of 70,000 Syrian refugee children

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 22 December 2016 The EU contracted €270 million to boost education infrastructure for Refugees in Turkey The European Commission signed contracts worth a total of €270 million for construction and equipping of school buildings for Syrian refugee children and their host communities in... 
(22.12.2016)

Commission proposes to modernise the Customs Union with Turkey

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 21 December 2016 The European Commission asked the Council for a mandate to launch talks with Turkey to modernise the existing 20-year-old EU-Turkey Customs Union. The upgrade of the EU-Turkey trade relation forms an essential part of the efforts made by the EU and Turkey to deepen... 
(21.12.2016)

Statement of the Heads of Mission on the assassination of Andrei Karlov, Russian Ambassador to Turkey

EU Heads of Mission condemn in the strongest terms the assassination yesterday of their esteemed colleague Andrei Karlov, Russian Ambassador to Turkey, and convey their most heartfelt condolences to his family, his colleagues at the mission, and the Russian authorities and people that Ambassador Karlov so professionally represented.... 
(20.12.2016)

Message of HRVP Mogherini to Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov following the assassination of the Russian Ambassador in Turkey, Andrei Karlov

Bruxelles, 19/12/2016 Message of High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini to Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov following the assassination of the Russian Ambassador in Turkey, Andrei Karlov After the assassination of Andrei Karlov, the Ambassador of the Russian Federation in Turkey, High Representative/Vice-President... 
(19.12.2016)

European Union approves projects worth €37 million to tackle migration challenges in North Africa

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 16 December 2016 Today, the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa adopted a €37 million package to increase protection of migrants and to strengthen effective migration management in North Africa The package will address migration challenges in Libya, Tunisia and Morocco. In Libya,... 
(19.12.2016)

EU steps up humanitarian aid to Iraq by €25 million as more planes arrive to help Mosul

European Commission - Press releaseBrussels, 16 December 2016 Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management announces additional funding to help civilians in Iraq Today the European Commission is stepping up its response to the humanitarian crisis in Iraq by a further €25 million, bringing total EU humanitarian aid to... 
(19.12.2016)

European Council Conclusions on Migration and Cyprus

Brussels, 15 December 2016   I. MIGRATION External dimension 1. The European Council recalls its October conclusions concerning the Eastern Mediterranean route. It reiterates its commitment to the EU-Turkey statement and underlines the importance of a full and non-discriminatory implementation of all aspects. It also renews... 
(19.12.2016)

Joint Statement on the occasion of International Migrant Day on 18 December

European Commission - Statement Brussels, 16 December 2016 On the occasion of International Migrant Day on 18 December, Frans Timmermans, First Vice-President of the Commission, Federica Mogherini, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the Commission,... 
(18.12.2016)

High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini speaks to Foreign Minister of Turkey, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu

Federica Mogherini, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, had a call with Foreign Minister of Turkey, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu. She expressed condolences after the terrorist attack in Kayseri today. The EU strongly condemns all acts of terrorism. The PKK, including its... 
(17.12.2016)

Syria, Mogherini calls for urgent protection of civilians in Aleppo

The High Representative Federica Mogherini called today for an immediate protection of civilians in Aleppo. “Syria is constantly on our minds and in these hours in particular, as we are receiving terrible reports from the ground,” she said while addressing the European Parliament’s plenary session in Strasbourg. “I join my voice... 
(15.12.2016)

The 6th EU Human Rights Short Film Competition announces the three winners

14/12/2016 AnkaraPress Release The grand prize was awarded to Emin Akpınar’s film "Güney Kutbu" (South Pole), while the second prize was awarded to Vedat Oyan’s film "Mavera".  Yeşim Tonbaz won the third place with her film "Askıda" (On Hold).  ... 
(14.12.2016)

Remarks by Federica Mogherini upon arrival at the Foreign Affairs Council

Bruxelles, 12/12/2016 - 09:26 Good morning. Very quickly because we are just about to start. First of all, our thoughts are with the victims of the terrible terrorist attack that took place on Saturday in Istanbul. All our solidarity goes to the Turkish people, the Turkish authorities as well. As well as the terrible strike on the... 
(12.12.2016)

Statement by the EU Heads of Mission to Turkey

We held an urgent meeting today to discuss the terrorist attacks yesterday in Istanbul.  In these tragic moments we would like to reiterate the statements by High Representative/Vice-President of the Commission Mogherini and Commissioner Hahn and other EU leaders condemning in the strongest possible terms that despicable act of... 
(11.12.2016)

Statement by HR/VP Federica Mogherini and Commissioner Johannes Hahn on the bomb attack in Istanbul

Bruxelles, 11/12/2016 Twin acts of terror hit Turkey last night, in Istanbul, outside Beşiktaş sports stadium. We extend our sincere condolences to the families and friends of all those who lost their lives and wish the injured a speedy recovery. The European Union reiterates its continuing solidarity with Turkey and its people. We... 
(11.12.2016)

EUROPEAN UNION LOCAL STRATEGY TO SUPPORT AND DEFEND HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS IN TURKEY is published

The EU Delegation on the occasion of the International Human Rights Day is publishing an updated European Union Local Strategy to support and defend Human Rights Defenders in Turkey. The Strategy, first published in 2010, is implemented on the basis of the EU Guidelines on Human Rights Defenders. See EU and Human Rights... 
(09.12.2016)

Declaration by the High Representative Federica Mogherini on behalf of the European Union on Human Rights Day, 10 December 2016

On 10 December, the European Union and its Member States celebrate Human Rights Day. As inequality and violations of human rights pose increasing challenges across the world, and conflict continues in countries such as Syria, it is all the more important that we redouble our efforts to defend the rights of all people. This is why... 
(09.12.2016)

EU and Turkey to Celebrate the Success of IPARD Programme

Ankara 9 December 2016 IPARD programme (Pre-Accession Instrument in Agriculture and Rural Development) has a budget of EUR 1.59 EUR for years 2007-2020. It provides grants to investments in agriculture, food processing and rural businesses in 42 provinces of Turkey. Each project is also co-financed from the Turkish public budget... 
(08.12.2016)

UNICEF and EU Exhibition on Syrian Refugee Crisis Opens in Brussels

UNICEF and EU Exhibition on Syrian Refugee Crisis Opens in Brussels “Standing Strong: Human Faces of the Syrian Crisis” BRUSSELS/AMMAN, 6 December 2016 – An exhibition by UNICEF and the European Commission opened in Brussels today as a visual display of the human cost of the Syrian conflict and the powerful will to persevere... 
(06.12.2016)

Federica Mogherini's remarks at the panel on the future of Syria with the UN Special Envoy Staffan De Mistura

Rome, 03/12/2016 Remarks by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini at the panel on the future of Syria with the UN Special Envoy Staffan De Mistura, Rome 2016 MED "Beyond Turmoil, A Positive Agenda"   Moderator: Looking beyond the conflict is the space where you were putting a lot of effort,... 
(05.12.2016)

European Defence Action Plan: Towards a European Defence Fund

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 30 November 2016 The European Commission proposes a European Defence Fund and other actions to support Member States' more efficient spending in joint defence capabilities, strengthen European citizens' security and foster a competitive and innovative industrial base. The European... 
(01.12.2016)

Commemoration message – one year into the killing of lawyer and human rights defender Tahir Elçi, former President of the Diyarbakır Bar Association

Press Release The EU Delegation on behalf of EU Member States diplomatic missions in Turkey wishes to pay tribute to the outstanding lawyer and human rights defender TAHİR ELÇİ on the first anniversary of his killing last year. Elçi's legacy and his invaluable works on topics such as impunity, peace and reconciliation will never be... 
(28.11.2016)

Statement by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini on Cyprus talks

Bruxelles, 25/11/2016 Statements by the HR/VP  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... 
(28.11.2016)

Federica Mogherini on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Bruxelles, 25/11/2016 Message by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini 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... 
(25.11.2016)