Remarks by the High-Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini at the press conference following the Foreign Affairs

MIL OSI – Source: European Union – Press Release/Statement

Headline: Remarks by the High-Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini at the press conference following the Foreign Affairs

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Le conseil a commencé ce matin à midi avec une minute de silence pour honorer la mémoire des victimes de l’attaque de Nice. Ce n’était pas seulement un moment de commémoration, nous savons très bien que notre responsabilité n’est pas uniquement celle de faire des minutes de silence – qui sont tout de même importantes pour montrer l’unité et la solidarité avec le peuple et les autorités françaises en ces moments difficiles pour toute l’Europe – mais notre rôle est surtout de donner des réponses efficaces.
Alors aujourd’hui, nous avons eu un long échange avec tous les ministres où tous les Etats membres ont exprimé leur solidarité et disponibilité pour continuer à soutenir la France, notamment sur la base de l’article 42.7 que la France avait évoqué, il y a quelques mois, en Novembre. Tous les Etats membres ont confirmé leur disponibilité à travailler encore plus pour soutenir le travail de la France pour la sécurité de son pays mais aussi de l’Europe. Et tout le monde a convenu que l’unité européenne et avec nos partenaires, dans la Méditerranée, dans la communauté internationale, mais aussi en Afrique est la plus grande force que nous avons contre le terrorisme.
 I’ll switch to English to say that we also discussed work that we have done in the European Union, on the external action of the European Union, in the last months to reinforce our counter-terrorism cooperation and work – and by the way, in a few minutes we will have the chance to continuing this partnership and conversation with the Ministers of the Gulf, of the GCC countries, so that will also be one point that we will discuss with them.
In the last months we have deployed counter-terrorist and security experts in 11 EU Delegations in many countries in the Arab world, but also in Africa and Asia, and we are further working to expand our counter-terrorism cooperation, for example in the Western Balkans and in the Sahel and the Horn of Africa, but also in Nigeria, where we know very well that we have to work together with the French and other Member States to defeat the threat of Boko Haram.
It seems something not connected directly with the attack in Nice, but all Ministers agreed on the fact that it is an overall work that we need to do to eradicate the roots of the hatred that we have seen so many times, hitting not only in Nice most recently, but also in other parts of the world – from Dhaka to Baghdad, to other places, in Europe, in Africa, in the Arab world, and in Asia. So it is a common threat to all of us and it is a common approach that we have taken. We will have the occasion to continue to work on that, specifically on the anti-Da’esh Coalition in our ministerial meeting in Washington later this week on Thursday. Those of you that were present this morning with US Secretary John Kerry might have heard already our words on that.
The Council continued with our decisions on Turkey. You might have seen already the Council conclusions we adopted. I will not spend too much time on this, as you heard already my remarks this morning and you might have read already the Council conclusions that indicate the unity of the 28 Member States in condemning the attempted coup in Turkey and also reiterating that we expect and call for the full observance of Turkey’s constitutional order, but stressing the importance of the rule of law prevailing in the country. I am particularly sad about the news that are coming from Turkey in these hours that are showing a sense of gravity and danger for the all stability of the country.
The Council went on to discuss three other issues that I can briefly share with you. We had a discussion with the Foreign Ministers on the Global Strategy that I presented to the European Council at the end of June. We had a first round of impressions on the follow up of the Strategy, where we agreed to work on specific follow up on different sectors, such as security and defence, where I will obviously also involve the defence ministers in September, but also in other fields like our policy coherence or our civilian policies, and in that respect I will also involve the development ministers. So we agreed today that I will present in the coming months a clear framework with timetables and proposals for starting implementation of the Global Strategy already in September, that is at the end of the day related to plenty of issues we discuss currently in the Council: from counter-terrorism to migration and crisis management.
We also had a discussion on China, just a few days after the EU-China Summit; I was in Beijing with the Presidents last week. We adopted Council Conclusions, which means that we adopted the first EU-China strategy in ten years – ten years in which China, the EU and the world have changed dramatically. You might already have had the chance to look at the Council Conclusions and I would be ready to answer any of your questions.
We had a point on Latin America. I know very well that in the situation we are facing these days, within and around the European Union, it seems strange to focus our work on Latin America and namely on Venezuela but also on Colombia and on Cuba. Still, let me say that it is very important that the Foreign Affairs Council keeps on its agenda also the positive news that we have from some of these countries, and Latin America is indeed one of the continents where we have had one of the largest engagements recently and good results.
In particular, obviously, the focus was on the way forward with Cuba but also with Venezuela, where we fully support the work of the three facilitators and we will continue to do so with even more unity. We reaffirmed our support to the Colombian peace process.
Last but not least, we concluded with good news that is coming from the Balkans this morning in Sarajevo: the adaptation protocol for the SAA has been initialled. So, clear progress has been made – something we welcomed in the Council. We are looking forward to continue working with Bosnia and Herzegovina on its way towards European Union membership, as it has presented its application some months ago.

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 Q. On Venezuela – whether the former Prime Minister of Spain Zapatero would be nominated the EU Envoy for Venezuela as reported in the media.

You know it is a bit surreal to comment on this as this is based on news that the Spanish media reported, but were never discussed officially. So these are expectations that were raised not on the institutional level, not on the political level, but on the media level. It is difficult to comment in this respect. I don’t know what the media in Spain expect to be the outcome of today’s discussion, but that was not what we had prepared politically.
It is true that in the discussion we had on our support to the mediation process in Venezuela, a number of ministers suggested to have not a EU Special Representative, but a Special Envoy. So institutionally it is something different. It is the model I have with Colombia, where I have a Special Envoy in the person of Eamon Gilmore who is doing a wonderful job and some ministers suggested again to have a Special Envoy, my Special Envoy to Venezuela, and that to be the former Prime Minister of Spain [José Luis Rodríguez] Zapatero.
I said that I would consider this. I would explore first of all with the parties and with UNASUR as he is already one of three mediators. We do not want obviously to interfere in the ongoing mediation so it is something that I would be again glad to consider, provided that this is something agreed with the ongoing mediation process that we want to support in all possible ways. So if that is something that it is considered useful to have for sure this is something that I am more than ready to consider. Also because I met with Zapatero and I was in contact with him in the last weeks constantly to work on the EU support to the mediation that is taking place, so in practical terms this is a contact that has been already working for some time. 

Q. On Turkey – is still Turkey a safe country after thousands of arrests?

The discussion whether Turkey is or not a safe country anymore is not a discussion we had today. In this moment, all our efforts are to accompany Turkey in a difficult moment. I have to say we had a very open, long and in-depth discussion with the Ministers and I would like to make it clear: we still consider Turkey as a partner, as it is clearly stated in our conclusions and it is with a friendly attitude that we follow what is happening in the country in this moment.
A friendly attitude towards, first of all, the people of Turkey. So our first concern at this moment is to try and facilitate – or “push”, as you said –  for a situation that is at this moment particularly worrying to go back to normal and to order and to peace and to respect of rule of law, human rights and fundamental freedoms as soon as possible. This is our immediate concern, because the numbers we are seeing in terms of arrests, but also in terms of victims – including the last news we have received just a few moments ago from Istanbul – is something that worries us in the immediate term. There might be a need for more strategic and comprehensive reflections on the future of our relationship, but that will come later. In these moments what worries us the most and that we shared with US Secretary of State John Kerry this morning is that the situation stabilises as soon as possible.

Q. On Turkey – what the EU can do in terms of diplomatic pressure to push Turkey in the right direction?

At this moment what we are doing is coordinating positions with our other friends and allies, starting from the United States. We are in contact with the Turkish authorities, I was personally in contact with the Foreign Minister, and keeping the European unity as we have done since the most dramatic hours of the attempted coup to send coordinated and unequivocal messages to the country, to its leadership, and to its institutions.
And, as I would like to repeat once again, the democratic or legitimate institutions of the country is not only the President, it is not only the Government, it is also the Parliament and local authorities. There is a system of institutions in Turkey that has responsibilities now to exercise and we are observing the political dynamics and debate that is starting in the country that we fully respect and accompany somehow. And this is what we are considering for the moment, but it is obviously a situation that is developing by the hour and we agreed with the 28 Ministers that we will continue to  – as in journalistic terms you would say – “closely follow” the events by the hour and continuing to stay connected among us and with the Turkish institutions constantly.

Q. On Turkey – the EU could have frozen the current negotiations on the Turkey’s EU membership process. Why this has not been decided in the context of the gravity of the current developments?

This was never raised by the Member States or by the Commissioner [Johannes Hahn]. We have obviously, as you might have noticed this morning, expressed the need for Turkey to abide to the basic principles at the core of acquis of the Union. If you are candidate country, your aspiration is the highest standards in the terms of human rights, rule of law and fundamental freedoms, including the system of checks and balances and division of powers. This is something that I have constantly and consistently repeated since last year and a little bit before and this has always been our position – it is up to Turkey to consider if being a candidate country is still what falls into their own desires and aspirations, and take consistent decisions in that respect. This is something that will be discussed further in the Council – as you know probably, the Council that deals with enlargement negotiations is not the Foreign Affairs Council, so your question surprises me a bit. The enlargement process is dealt by another formation of the Council which is the General Affairs Council. It might come to the Council in the future, it might come to a discussion we can have with Commissioner Hahn in the future, but it was not on the agenda for today and it would not have been appropriate to have it for today. 

Q. En lien avec les déclarations M. Hahn de ce matin. Il a déclaré et a  fait aussi sous-entendre que des listes de purges étaient prêtes et que dans le fond le gouvernement Turque n’attendait que le moment pour appuyer sur le bouton pour faire ces purges très concrètement. Que dites-vous de ses déclarations?

I do not have specific information about that and I do not have anything to comment on this. But I think I have been clear enough not only today but also in the previous months and year about the fact that certain kind of behaviour, especially from a candidate country, is not acceptable.

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2016 DFI Portfolio Management Conference

MIL OSI – Source: European Investment Bank – Press Release/Statement

Headline: 2016 DFI Portfolio Management Conference

It is our pleasure to invite you to the 2016 DFI Portfolio Management Conference which will be hosted by the European Investment Bank (EIB) in Luxembourg. We have blocked hotel rooms at preferential rates near the EIB Headquarters. In case you would like to register a colleague instead of yourself, please kindly inform us via email (with all contact details) to . Kindly be reminded that we agreed last year on the following working groups .  We will liaise with the leaders…

В Крыму транспортная прокуратура проводит проверку в связи с многочасовой задержкой вылета пассажиров в Санкт-Петербург

MIL OSI – Source: Russia – Prosecutor Generals Office –

Headline: В Крыму транспортная прокуратура проводит проверку в связи с многочасовой задержкой вылета пассажиров в Санкт-Петербург

В связи с задержкой вылета рейса авиакомпании «Вим Авиа» сообщением «Симферополь-Пулково» Южная транспортная прокуратура организовала проверку исполнения законодательства о безопасности полетов и подготовки к ним, а также соблюдения прав пассажиров.

По предварительной информации, вылет указанного рейса из аэропорта «Симферополь» должен был состояться 17 июля 2016 года в 22 часа 30 минут. Однако из-за вовремя выявленных технических проблем самолета «Симферополь» этого не произошло.

На борту находилось 220 пассажиров, в том числе 26 детей.

На протяжении 18 июля 2016 года около 50 пассажиров авиакомпанией «Вим Авиа» были отправлены в аэропорт «Пулково» иными рейсами.

Запасной борт должен был забрать оставшихся 146 пассажиров сегодня в 16 часов 30 минут, однако в указанное время вылет из Симферопольского аэропорта не произошел в силу технической неполадки.

По факту задержки рейса № 8718 сообщением «Симферополь – Пулково» авиакомпании «Вим Авиа» Крымской транспортной прокуратурой организован выезд в аэропорт «Симферополь» и проведены необходимые проверочные мероприятия, направленные на соблюдение прав пассажиров. Сотрудники прокуратуры приняли более 50 заявлений от пассажиров указанного рейса.

В настоящее время установлено, что авиакомпания «Вим Авиа» обеспечила пассажиров указанного рейса едой, питьем и медицинским обеспечением, а также проживанием в гостиницах с нарушением норм, предусмотренных законодательством.

По результатам проверки исполнения требований законодательства в сфере обеспечения прав пассажиров к виновным будут приняты предусмотренные законом меры прокурорского реагирования.

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Remarks by Vice-President Dombrovskis at the Atlantic Council

MIL OSI – Source: European Union – Press Release/Statement

Headline: Remarks by Vice-President Dombrovskis at the Atlantic Council

Ladies and gentlemen,
It’s good to be back at the Atlantic Council. As was already mentioned, I was here three months ago speaking about how Europe is adapting to global developments. I set out the work we are taking forward to be able to deal with the unexpected. Since then, the unexpected has happened. For the first time, a Member State has voted to leave the European Union. That’s a challenge that goes to the heart of the European project. Getting the response right will be crucial for Europe’s future.
Following the resignation of my British colleague Lord Hill, I have been asked to take over his responsibilities, once again as it has been mentioned, for financial stability, financial services and for building a single market for capital in Europe. I’m pleased to be in Washington DC for the first working day of this job.
What will my approach be? Above all, continuity. Lord Hill has done excellent work over the past two years to deepen the capital markets, to strengthen Europe’s Banking Union and to review existing regulation to check and make sure that it is as growth friendly as possible. He has built momentum and support across the piece. This is work we will build on. And where we can, we will quicken the pace of work.
Following the UK’s decision to leave the EU, ensuring financial stability is our first priority. We need to work towards an outcome that gives European industry and our international partners as much clarity as possible. It’s in our collective interest to maintain an environment that is friendly to investment and growth.
We want the UK to remain a close partner. But any future agreement concluded with the UK as a third country will have to balance rights and obligations. Access to the Single Market would require the UK to accept four freedoms: free movement of goods, services, capital and labour. The first step now needs to come from the UK. The new government has to set out what it wants from a future relationship with Europe. That would give us more predictability and a basis on which to negotiate. It is worth emphasising that until the UK leaves, and there is at least two years negotiating period, it remains a full member of the European Union, with all the rights and obligations this entails.
Our immediate focus is to deal with the uncertainty arising from the UK vote. The EU economy has what it takes to cope with the downward pressure on growth the referendum has created. Our preliminary assessment shows that uncertainty stemming from the vote to leave the EU could reduce the UK’s GDP by 1 to 2.5 percentage points by 2017. In the other 27 Member States, the impact could be between 0.2 and 0.5 percentage points. So the pressure is real. But if we respond with the right policies we will be able to limit the impact of this adjustment. That should be the main goal for both sides in the upcoming negotiations.
Politically, the remaining 27 member states have shown a strong commitment to stay united. This is a feeling that extends well beyond political leaders. In Germany, opinion polls last week showed a 13% increase in support for European integration. There’s similar sentiment in other countries. And none of Europe’s core strengths have disappeared. Europe’s talent for innovation is still there. Our industry is still competitive. Our workforce is still highly productive.
Moving on to the questions on the EU banking sector. The EU’s banking sector is much more resilient than during the crisis. Our regulatory architecture has been strengthened, and the supervision and resolution of banks are now coordinated at the European level. Our banks are better capitalised and asset quality has also improved. The ratio of non-performing loans has been decreasing in recent years and the coverage ratio is increasing. Despite historically low interest rates, bank deposits have been rising. This makes banks’ refinancing more stable. Favourable financing conditions – partly due to the ECB’s accommodative monetary policy and stronger demand for loans – is supporting the recovery in bank credit. Meanwhile, the costs of borrowing for companies and households have further converged across the euro area.
Completing Europe’s Economic and Monetary Union is an essential part of maintaining stability. So work on the Banking Union continues.
This means properly implementing and enforcing the EU’s new regulatory framework to protect depositors and taxpayers. Nearly all countries across the EU have now implemented rules governing bank recovery and resolution and deposit guarantee schemes. European finance ministers have committed themselves to setting up a common backstop to the Single Resolution Fund. Technical work to make it happen will start soon.
We have also come forward with a proposal for a European Deposit Insurance Scheme – EDIS. This is the missing third pillar of the Banking Union. It is part of a much broader plan to deepen our Economic and Monetary Union. The objective of EDIS is to gradually mutualise all national deposit guarantee schemes across the EU. This sharing of risk will be accompanied by further risk reduction measures. This is the balanced approach we need to make progress.  
We are also driving forward work to build a Capital Markets Union – a CMU. Some have asked whether we should continue with this project now that the Europe’s largest financial market is about to leave the EU. We believe the UK’s referendum vote means that we need the CMU more than ever.   
The goal of the CMU is to help capital flow throughout the EU.   At its heart, is an effort to improve funding opportunities for businesses. For companies in their start-up phase, we’ve just amended existing legislation governing venture capital funds to build up scale, diversity and choice. To free up bank lending to the wider economy, we’ve made a proposal to restart Europe’s securitisation markets. For companies that are growing, we’re overhauling legislation to make it simpler, faster and cheaper for companies to raise money on public markets, the Prospectus regime. We also want to look at existing private placement markets that work well and see how we can build on them to help medium sized companies raise capital.
To create deeper capital markets for companies of all sizes, we want to knock down some longstanding barriers to cross border investment. This year we’ll bring forward proposals to try to reduce differences between national insolvency regimes to give cross border investors more certainty. We’ll see whether we can simplify the system to reclaim withholding tax when these are subject to double taxation. And to inject more savings into capital markets we’re considering proposals for a European market for simple personal pensions.  
As part of the CMU Action Plan, we will look at the financial services legislation that we have passed to make sure it is working as intended. We’ve just completed our analysis and we are now taking forward recommendations to increase funding to the wider economy; make our legislation more proportionate; and reduce the compliance burden for businesses.
Moving on to EU-US relations. The United States and the EU already have a strong trade and investment relationship. Together, our markets make up 50% of global GDP. We’re each other’s first source of, and destination for, foreign direct investment. Flows of capital across the Atlantic continue to grow. I believe this relationship can be driven further in both directions.
My meetings in Washington this will week concern regulatory cooperation. This morning, I discussed with my counterparts our joint approach to implementing international standards.
The EU is working to implement Total Loss Absorbing Capacity on time. We want to find an intelligent way to making it fit with our own system – the minimum requirement for own funds and eligible liabilities, or MREL. I was also interested to hear more about the implementation of TLAC in the US. It’s important we maintain a level playing field for companies in both jurisdictions.
We have made good progress in preparing an EU system for CCP recovery and resolution. We will publish a legislative proposal in this area later this year.
And we are also preparing a legislative proposal that will help finalise EU implementation of the Basel III package.
I’m delighted that we have been able to set up a new platform for regulatory exchange between EU and US financial regulators and supervisors – the Joint EU-US Financial Regulatory Forum. The US and EU financial services industries attach great importance to regulatory cooperation. We need to build on successes we’ve had in recent months with our agreement on cross border derivatives regulation, allowing US CCPs to provide services into Europe and EU CCPs into the US.
We’re clear we need to talk to each other more often. To clarify the scope of future rules. To ensure we understand the impact of legislation on the ground – even beyond our own jurisdictions and to promote the recognition of each other’s standards. This should reduce compliance costs and improve implementation. We should continue working towards further regulatory cooperation as part of TTIP.
The forum we launched today will meet more often than its predecessor – the Financial Markets Regulatory Dialogue. Its purpose is to identify potential problems at an earlier stage of the regulatory process. The US Secretary for the Treasury and I will meet once a year to review the functioning of the forum and agree priorities for future work. This provides a solid basis for improved cooperation.
To conclude. As you see we have an ambitious agenda. In Europe, we’re working to complete the Banking Union. We’ll continue to press ahead with our efforts to deepen our capital markets. We will act on our review of existing legislation to make our regulatory framework as growth friendly as possible. And I’m pleased we have been able to deepen EU-US cooperation. This gives us a firm basis on which to move forward, to maintain stability and to support growth on both sides of the Atlantic.
Thank you!

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MIL OSI – Source: European Union – Press Release/Statement

Headline: 78/2016 : 18 July 2016 – Information

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Statement in response to the report by the World Anti-Doping Agency

MIL OSI – Source: President of Russia – The Kremlin – English – Press Release/Statement

Headline: Statement in response to the report by the World Anti-Doping Agency

President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Recent events and the tense atmosphere that has formed around
international sport and the Olympic movement involuntarily recall the situation
in the early 1980s. Back then, many Western countries, citing the deployment of Soviet troops in Afghanistan,
boycotted the Moscow Olympics. Four years later, the Soviet Union retaliated by boycotting the Los Angeles Olympics, using the pretext of an allegedly insufficient level of security for the Soviet team. The result was that many Soviet and American athletes and athletes from other
countries were caught up in this campaign of reciprocal boycotts and lost the chance to add their names to world sporting history. Their years of long and hard effort and training were in vain. In short, people had their dreams broken
and became hostages of political confrontation. The Olympic movement found
itself in a serious crisis and faced divisions within. Later, some of the political
figures of that era on both sides admitted that this had been a mistake. Today, we see a dangerous return to this policy of letting politics
interfere with sport. Yes, this intervention takes different forms today, but
the essence remains the same; to make sport an instrument for geopolitical
pressure and use it to form a negative image of countries and peoples. The Olympic movement, which is a tremendous force for uniting humanity, once again
could find itself on the brink of division. To be

EESC calls for a reawakening of the EU

MIL OSI – Source: European Economic and Social Committee – Press Release/Statement

Headline: EESC calls for a reawakening of the EU

A year for a new impetus and greater solidarity in Europe
President of the European Economic and Social Committee, George Dassis, met today with European Commission First Vice-President, Frans Timmermans, to deliver the EESC contribution to the Commission’s 2017 work programme. The EESC recommends the strengthening of economic and social cohesion, a boost to the EU’s global role and increased citizens’ ownership of the EU.
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Le président Dassis a souligné à cette occasion que 2017 devait être l’année d’un nouvel élan pour l’Union européenne déclarant que “la Commission européenne devait s’attacher à restaurer un esprit de solidarité et de responsabilité en Europe et regagner le soutien des citoyens Elle doit également contribuer pleinement à ce que soient levées rapidement les incertitudes présentes concernant l’avenir de l’UE. L’issue du référendum britannique constitue à cet égard un rappel douloureux que le projet européen ne pourra être poursuivi sans que des réponses rapides et effectives soient apportées aux préoccupations des citoyens, préoccupations dominées par un sentiment d’insécurité socio-économique croissant. C’est dans cet esprit que la Commission doit concevoir son programme de travail 2017.”
Dans cette perspective, le président Dassis a précisé que le CESE souhaitait que ce programme de travail soit orienté autour de trois priorités stratégiques: le renforcement de la cohésion sociale et économique, la redynamisation du rôle de l’UE sur la scène mondiale et le raffermissement du sentiment d’appartenance des citoyens à l’UE.
Concernant le renforcement de la cohésion économique et sociale de l’UE, le CESE préconise un plan d’investissement représentant au moins 2 % du PIB de l’UE, sous la forme notamment d’un incitant fiscal axé sur des investissements qui stimulent l’innovation, la croissance et l’emploi.
En ce qui concerne la redynamisation du rôle de l’UE dans le monde, le CESE appelle à un renforcement de l’influence de l’Union européenne par une cohésion interne accrue et un engagement politique plus affirmé de la part de toutes les institutions de l’UE.
Le raffermissement, parmi les citoyens, du sentiment d’appartenance à l’UE implique que la Commission engage un débat sur la manière dont fonctionne l’UE. Il y a également nécessité de réaffirmer les valeurs européennes, dans le cadre d’une vision partagée, et l’importance de la dimension européenne fondée sur la solidarité, la cohésion sociale et la construction d’une démocratie participative et inclusive. Les objectifs de l’UE ne pourront être atteints qu’en instaurant un dialogue systématique avec les organisations de la société civile et en renforçant le dialogue social à tous les niveaux.
“Regagner le cœur des citoyens européens, les jeunes en priorité, est également une bataille culturelle”, a déclaré le président Dassis qui demande à la Commission d’offrir à tous les jeunes des possibilités de bénéficier d’échanges européens, quel que soit leur niveau d’instruction et leur statut professionnel.
Le premier vice-président Timmermans a par ailleurs accueilli très favorablement la proposition du Comité que soit créé un Forum de la société civile en faveur du développement durable et il a invité le CESE à lui transmettre ses propositions à cette fin.

Verkhovna Rada Chairperson Andrii Parubii: No grounds to discuss constitutional amendments touching decentralization

MIL OSI – Source: Parliament of Ukraine –

Headline: Verkhovna Rada Chairperson Andrii Parubii: No grounds to discuss constitutional amendments touching decentralization

Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Andrii
Parubii does not see any grounds to discuss the issue of amendments to the
Constitution of Ukraine touching decentralization.

He said this at the concluding press
conference on Monday.

“Unfortunately I see no grounds to
speak about the amendments to the Constitution touching the
decentralization,” Andrii Parubii said.

“Some lawyers consider that we cannot,
other lawyers say we can postpone an opportunity to consider this draft law for
one more session,” he said.

The Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada noted
that one of the best elaborated reforms has been suspended “due to one
single item having nothing to do with the decentralization.”

Andrii Parubii also admitted that
“when the Parliament is united, there is no chance to fail finding
consensus, there are no barriers for consideration of the legislative act, even
without an Item, and for submitting it for consideration of the Constitutional

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Verkhovna Rada Chairperson Andrii Parubii: "There will be no snap parliamentary election, instead incumbent Verkhovna Rada will show effective work"

MIL OSI – Source: Parliament of Ukraine –

Headline: Verkhovna Rada Chairperson Andrii Parubii: "There will be no snap parliamentary election, instead incumbent Verkhovna Rada will show effective work"

Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Andrii Parubii
does not see any grounds for calling snap parliamentary election.

“I see no grounds for snap
parliamentary election. I believe that snap parliamentary election could not be
a Ukrainian scenario, rather an external one,” Parubii said.

“This Parliament is mainly formed of
new deputies, who have passed through the events on Maidan, anti-terrorist
operation, who have been public activists, and I believe this Parliament has
considerable potential,” the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada said.

Parubii said: “There will be no snap parliamentary election, instead
incumbent Verkhovna Rada will show its effective work.”

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Council conclusions on Venezuela

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Headline: Council conclusions on Venezuela

Council conclusions on Venezuela – Consilium

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The EU and Venezuela have strong historic and cultural links and share the same fundamental values and democratic principles. Venezuela is also a country where more than 600 000 European citizens currently reside. Those ties and close relations with the Venezuelan people underline the interest of the European Union in the political, social and economic stability of Venezuela.In this context the European Union fully supports the efforts by Former Presidents Mr. José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, Mr. Leonel Fernández and Mr. Martín Torrijos to facilitate an urgent, constructive and effective dialogue between the government and the parliamentary majority in Venezuela. These efforts provide a crucial opportunity to create enabling conditions and a framework for peaceful and shared solutions to the country’s multidimensional challenges. Therefore, the European Union urges all institutions and political players to engage in this process in full respect of the democratic and constitutional framework, rule of law and human rights and fundamental freedoms, including those of jailed opponents who cannot exercise their rights.The European Union stands ready to support the efforts of dialogue in every way possible. In this context, the Council encourages the High Representative to maintain regular contacts with Mr. Rodriguez Zapatero and to support the work of the three former Presidents. The Council invites the High Representative, the EEAS and the Commission services to explore further ways for possible EU support to foster dialogue and overcome the economic and social challenges that the country is facing, including through assistance appropriate to most urgent needs.The reconciliation in Venezuela is of the utmost importance both for the European Union and for countries in the region. The European Union believes that regional countries and organisations, as well as other main international partners, have a key role to play to encourage the government and the opposition to engage in a genuine dialogue and in addressing the pressing needs of the people of Venezuela 

Last reviewed on 18/07/2016