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Agenda highlights – Eurogroup, 15 July 2024

The Eurogroup (in regular format) will discuss the economic and budgetary situation in the euro area as well as the fiscal policy stance for 2025 and is expected to adopt a statement in that regard. President Donohoe will present the Eurogroup work programme up to March 2025. The Eurogroup (in inclusive format) will exchange views on addressing the funding gap for investments to enhance EU competi...
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Statement by Belgium on the occasion of the publication of the final report of the United Nations Group of Experts on the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Belgium is extremely concerned by the conclusion of the final report of the United Nations Group of Experts on the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), which highlights the seriousness of the violations and abuses of human rights and the violations of international humanitarian law committed in Eastern DRC, as well as the continuing deterioration of the security situation. There are more than 7 mil...
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South China Sea: Statement by the Spokesperson on the anniversary of the Award rendered in the arbitration between the Philippines and China

12 July marks the eighth anniversary of the award issued by the tribunal constituted under Annex VII to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) in the arbitration instituted by the Republic of the Philippines against the People’s Republic of China concerning the South China Sea. This award represents a significant milestone in the peaceful resolution of disputes in the South C...
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BiH: Joint statement by High Representative Borrell and Commissioner Várhelyi on the 29th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide

The genocide in Srebrenica, 29 years ago, is one of the darkest moments in modern European history. It is our duty to honour the memory of the over 8300 boys and men who were systematically murdered in the hills around Srebrenica. We call upon the leaders to reject divisive rhetoric and act with truth, justice, trust, and dialogue. Healing the wounds of the past requires acknowledging and...
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Defence: Speech by High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell at the EU Defence night, in the margins of the NATO Summit

Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen, I have to confess it is the first time that I am speaking on a terrace, in front of this beautiful landscape and with the planes landing at the airport [in the background]. Mark Twain once said: “History doesn't repeat itself, but it often rhymes”. And it is true. When I look back 75 years ago, when NATO was founded, I see that history rhymes a lot. ...
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Russia: Statement by the Spokesperson on persecution of cultural figures

Russian court sentenced yesterday the director Zhenya Berkovich and playwright Svetlana Petriychuk, to six years in prison for "justifying terrorism" through their award-winning theatre play “Finist, the Brave Falcon”, which actually speaks against terrorism. This sentence is absurd – as if Dostoyevsky were responsible of a murder by Raskolnikov. The decision further illustrates the increasing ...
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NATO: High Representative Borrell travels to Washington to boost Euro-Atlantic cooperation

High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell will travel to Washington, DC, to participate in the NATO Summit from today to 11 July, together with the President of the European Council, Charles Michel. High Representative/Vice-President Borrell will also attend the Summit on behalf of the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen. The Summit is an ...
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Press briefing – Eurogroup meeting of 15 July 2024

The press briefing ahead of the Eurogroup meeting will take place on Thursday, 11 July at 15.00. The briefing will be "off the record" and will be given by Tuomas Saarenheimo, President of the Eurogroup Working Group. The press briefing will take place in a hybrid format: EU accredited journalists will be able to participate and ask questions either remotely or in person at the Europa buildi...
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Russia/Ukraine: Statement by the Spokesperson on the large-scale missile and drone attacks by Russia targeting civilians in Ukraine including a children’s hospital

This morning, Russia conducted several waves of large-scale attacks on several Ukrainian cities, namely targeting Kyiv, Dnipro, Kryvyi Rih and Pokrovsk, among others. These attacks have caused a large number of civilian casualties, with dozens killed and many more injured. Okhmatdyt, the largest children’s hospital in Ukraine, was directly hit by a missile. A maternity hospital was later damaged t...
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OTS: Statement by the High Representative on the participation of Prime Minister Orbán at the informal summit of the Organisation of Turkic States

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s participation at the informal summit of the Organisation of Turkic States in Shusha on 5-6 July took place, exclusively, in the framework of the bilateral relations between Hungary and this organisation. Hungary is now the EU Member State serving the rotating presidency of the Council until 31 December 2024. That does not entail any external representation of the U...
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