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Monday, 17 July 2017

EU Commission: Declaration by the High Representative, Federica Mogherini, on behalf of the European Union on the occ...

Declaration by the High Representative, Federica Mogherini, on behalf of the European Union on the occasion of the Day of International Criminal Justice, 17 July 2017

The
17th of July marks the date of the adoption of the Rome Statute of the
International Criminal Court in 1998. This day is dedicated to celebrating the
developments and achievements of international criminal justice institutions and
to remind us that we need to continue working, at both national and
international levels, to ensure that the perpetrators of the most serious crimes
are brought to justice and held to account.

On this occasion, the
European Union and its Member States reaffirm their full support to the
International Criminal Court and to the strengthening of an international
criminal justice system committed to deter the commission of crimes, to fight
impunity and to ensure the protection of the victims' rights.

Justice is
one of the core elements towards reconciliation and sustainable peace. Without
justice, the most heinous crimes go unpunished, victims are unable to obtain
redress and peace remains an elusive goal, since impunity generates more hatred,
leading to acts of revenge and more suffering.

The European Union is one
of the main donors in support of justice sector reform worldwide, strengthening
law enforcement and justice institutions, promoting independent and impartial
justice, and supporting access to justice for all. Since 2000, we have committed
€37 million in direct support of the International Criminal Court.

The
European Union has been also supporting transitional justice initiatives and
international justice mechanisms related to specific countries. In the case of
Syria, the EU has recently allocated funding amounting to €1,5 million to the
International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism to Assist in the
Investigation and Prosecution of Persons Responsible for the Most Serious Crimes
under International Law Committed in Syria. The EU calls on the international
community to support to the Mechanism, including through adequate financial
means, to ensure that it would be able to start work as soon as possible and
fulfil its mandate, in line with the principles of universality and at the
highest level of professionalism.

The European Union will continue to
fully support multilateral global governance, based on international law, human
rights and strong international institutions. In this regard, we remain
committed to advance our fight against impunity, and to promote the universal
ratification of the Rome Statute.

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Ombudsman asks nine questions on handling of Commissioners' post-mandate jobs

European Ombudsman, Emily O'Reilly, has asked the Commission to reply to nine questions about the role of its Ad Hoc Ethical Committee and how the Commission deals with the post-mandate activities of Commissioners, including its President.

The nine questions were put by the Ombudsman in a letter to Commission President Juncker. The Ethical Committee advises the Commission on post term-of-office activities and has three members.

The Ombudsman welcomed Commission President Juncker's proposal to strengthen the Commissioner's Code of Conduct by extending the 'cooling-off' period for post-mandate jobs. However, she asks whether the Code is sufficient to guarantee the EU Treaty obligations on current and former Commissioners. 

The inquiry incorporates issues raised in several complaints, received by the Ombudsman in February and March 2017.

Ms. O'Reilly said: "Former Europ

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2017 Review of Employment and Social Developments in Europe – Questions and Answers

European Commission - Fact Sheet Brussels, 17 July 2017 Today, the Commission published the 2017 edition of its yearly Employment and Social Developments in Europe (ESDE) review. How is the labour market and social situation in the EU developing? The labour market recovery is continuing and strengthening further.

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June 2017-Annual inflation down to 1.3% in the euro area-Down to 1.4% in the EU

European Commission - EUROSTAT Brussels, 17 July 2017 Euro area annual inflation was 1.3% in June 2017, down from 1.4% in May. In June 2016 the rate was 0.1%. European Union annual inflation was 1.4% in June 2017, down from 1.6% in May. A year earlier the rate was 0.1%.

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Employment and social developments in Europe: 2017 review shows positive trends but highlights high burden on the young

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 17 July 2017 Today, the Commission published the 2017 edition of its yearly Employment and Social Developments in Europe (ESDE) review. This year's edition confirms positive labour market and social trends and continued economic growth.

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