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Coronavirus - Africa: "Team Europe" global response to COVID-19 - Council welcomes the mobilisation of almost €36 billion and approves conclusions

The Council expresses its deep concern about the global spread of the COVID‑19 pandemic

The Council approved conclusions on the "Team Europe" package that is part of the EU's global response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In its conclusions the Council expresses its deep concern about the global spread of the COVID‑19 pandemic, which continues to claim lives worldwide and have far-reaching social and economic effects. The Council stresses the urgency of protecting the lives and livelihoods of…

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Coronavirus - Tunisia: Council adopts €3 billion assistance package to support neighbouring partners

EU assistance will help these jurisdictions cover their immediate financing needs which have increased as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak

The Council today adopted a decision to provide up to 3 billion euros of macro-financial assistance to ten enlargement and neighbourhood partners to help them cope with the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. Financial assistance will be provided in the form of loans on highly favourable terms and allocated…

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Coronavirus - Tunisia: Council greenlights €3 billion assistance package to support neighbouring countries

The funds will be available for twelve months and will be disbursed in two instalments

EU ambassadors today endorsed a Commission proposal to provide up to 3 billion euros of macro-financial assistance to ten enlargement and neighbourhood partners to help them cope with the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. "Enlargement and neighbourhood countries are our closest partners. Now more than ever, it is absolutely…

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Declaration by the High Representative Joseph Borrell, on behalf of the European Union, on the situation in Libya

All the Libyan parties need to engage constructively in the UN-facilitated intra-Libyan talks in order to agree on the implementation of urgent economic and financial measures

The European Union and its Member States regret that the fighting has increased in Libya despite the international calls for a humanitarian truce to help contain the Coronavirus pandemic in the country. The challenging circumstances created by the Coronavirus pandemic make the need to halt the fighting in Tripoli and across the country even more urgent. We strongly condemn any…

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Declaration by the High Representative Josep Borrell on behalf of the EU on South Sudan

The ongoing humanitarian crisis in the country, closely linked to the conflict and recently aggravated by severe floods, further underlines the urgency of a sustainable peace

1. As per the 100 day extension agreed in November 2019, the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity (R-TGoNU) of South Sudan is due to be formed in late February 2020. It is vital that R-TGoNU is a truly inclusive body, in line with the provisions of the peace agreement.…

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Press release following the meeting between President Charles Michel and President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi of Egypt

President Michel reiterated that a political process is the only way forward and the Libyans should be at the heart of defining their future

On 12 January, Charles Michel, President of the European Council met with Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, President of Egypt, in Cairo. The crisis in Libya was at the core of their discussion. President Michel reiterated that a political process is the only way forward and the Libyans should be at the…

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Benin: head of mission to the EU declared persona non grata

The EU considers this declaration as wholly unwarranted and contrary to the EU's objective of developing relations and building partnerships in third countries

The Council today decided that the head of the mission of the Republic of Benin to the European Union will be declared persona non grata. This is a response to the decision by the Beninese government to declare the head of the EU delegation to Benin as persona non grata. The…

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Sudan: Council adopts conclusions

The conclusions highlight that Sudan's success remains crucial for stability in the Horn of Africa and the wider region

The Council today adopted conclusions on Sudan, recognising the historic opportunity that Sudan's political transition offers to work towards a peaceful, democratic and prosperous country. The conclusions highlight that Sudan's success remains crucial for stability in the Horn of Africa and the wider region and reaffirm EU's commitment, as a…

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Central African Republic: Council agrees on a future Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) mission to support security sector reform

The mission will support the reform of the internal security forces to enable the Central African Republic (CAR) authorities to mitigate the current security challenges in the country

The Council adopted a crisis management concept for a new civilian CSDP Advisory Mission in the Central African Republic (EUAM RCA). The mission will support the reform of the internal security forces to enable the CAR authorities to mitigate the current security challenges in the country. EU experts will support…

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Declaration by the High Representative Federica Mogherini on behalf of the EU on the support to the UN facilitated political process in Libya

The European Union and its Member States recall that there is no military solution to the crisis in Libya

The European Union and its Member States are united in demanding that all Libyan parties commit to a permanent ceasefire and return to a UN facilitated political process. The European Union and its Member States welcome the proposal by Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations Ghassan Salame…