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November 2016 

Letter from Presidents Tusk and Juncker to congratulate Donald Trump on his election as the next President of the United States.

We extend our sincere  congratulations on your election as the 45th President of the United States of America.

The strategic partnership between the European Union and the United States is rooted in our shared values of freedom, human rights, democracy and a belief in the market economy. Over the years, the European Union and the United States have worked together to ensure peace and prosperity for our citizens and for people around the world.

Today, it is more important than ever  to strengthen transatlantic relations. Only by cooperating closely can the EU and the US continue to make a difference when dealing with unprecedented challenges such as Da’esh, the threats to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, climate change and migration”  November 9 2016  © European Council 

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July 2016

EU and European Governments on the issue of Human Rights in Turkey after the failed Coup

Statement by EU High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini:

EU calls authorities to respect Rule of Law, Human Rights and fundamental Freedoms under any circumstances” July 21, 2016 © EU/Dutch MFA

The President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz:          “ Turkey is on the way to become One-Person State.”  Interview on the July 19, 2016

Minister for Foreign Affairs of Norway Børge Brende:       “Norway strongly underlines that Turkish authorities must respect Rule of Law, Human Rights and fundamental Freedoms under state of emergency.” July 21, 2016 ©MFA of Norway

Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström of Sweden:    “Serious and unacceptable development in Turkey. Death penalty makes EU membership impossible.” July 21, 2016 © MFA of Sweden

Minister for Foreign Affairs Sebastian Kurz of Austria:           “The development in Turkey is alarming. I have summoned the Turkish Ambassador to the MFA today.” July 21, 2016 © MFA of Austria





July 2016

Statement by EU High Representative Federica Mogherini on the subject the Human Rights in Turkey after the failed Coup 

“Let me be very clear on one thing – actually, on two. One, no country can become a EU member-state if it introduces death penalty. That is very clear in our acquis, as we call it. So this is for sure. The other point I would like to stress, even if this is not the institution I am entitled to speak for, but Turkey is part – an important part – of the Council of Europe. It’s an important member of the Council of Europe, and as such is bound by the European Convention of Human Rights that is very clear on death penalty. I hope I’ve been clear.”

“And let me add something that maybe it’s useful to stress here: We have been the first to stress the need during that difficult hours – the need for having the legitimate institutions protected against the attempt of coup. This is no excuse to take the country away from fundamental rights and rule of law, and we will be extremely vigilant on that for the sake not of the European Union or negotiations, but for the sake of Turkey itself.”  Brussels  July 18, 2016 © Department of State

Joint Press conference of  Secretary Kerry with the EU High Representative Federica Mogherini

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December 2015

European Union and its long standing vision on defending Human Rights, Worldwide

EU Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy (2015-2019) Keeping Human Rights at the heart of the EU agenda

EU Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy 2015-2019

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