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Thursday, 10 August 2017

EU Council: Mali: European Union supports the stabilisation in the central regions of Mopti and Segou

Mali: European Union supports the stabilisation in the central regions of Mopti and Segou

The Council has adopted a decision authorising a stabilisation action in the central regions of Mali, in the Mopti and Segou governorates. In response to the invitation from the Malian authorities, the European Union (EU) will deploy a team of experts to support Malian national plans and policies, in order to counter the growing insecurity and to re-establish and expand the civilian administration in these regions. The action's primary objective is to help consolidate and support democracy, the rule of law, human rights and gender equality by strengthening general governance in this region for the benefit of the local communities.

The EU stabilisation team will be responsible for advising the Malian authorities in Mopti and Segou on governance-related issues, and supporting the planning and implementation by the Malian authorities of activities aimed at reinstating the civilian administration and basic services in the region. The team will be able also to support an enhanced dialogue between the Malian authorities and the local communities.

The stabilisation team will consist of 10 people and will have a budget of €3.25 million for an initial operating phase of one year. It will be based within the EU Delegation in Mali and will operate in Bamako, Mopti and Segou. This action will complement those of the EU Delegation in Mali and the CSDP missions deployed there (EUCAP Sahel Mali and EUTM Mali), and is part of the EU's integrated approach in Mali. The stabilisation team will also work in close cooperation with other international actors in the region, particularly the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali (MINUSMA).


This stabilisation action is decided by the Council on the basis of Article 28 of the Treaty on European Union, which states that 'where the international situation requires operational action by the Union, the Council shall adopt the necessary decisions. They shall lay down their objectives, scope, the means to be made available to the Union, if necessary their duration, and the conditions for their implementation.' This is the first time that a Council decision has been decided in that context. The decision was adopted by the Council by written procedure.

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Declaration by the High Representative, Federica Mogherini, on behalf of the European Union on the occasion of the International Day for the World's Indigenous Peoples, 9 August 2017

10 years ago, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), which established a framework for the rights, dignity and well-being of indigenous peoples. 

Since then, there has been a rising recognition and understanding of the challenges faced by indigenous peoples. These positive trends have been enforced by the enhanced cooperation and partnerships between states, civil society at large and indigenous peoples. Such partnerships have benefitted from the fact that indigenous peoples are standing up for their rights, to end all forms of discrimination and to speak up against human rights violations and abuses. 

While they only make up less than five percent of the world's population, they account for 15 percent of the poorest people around the world. Indigenous peoples are also often among the first victims when human rights situations worsen. 

The EU has a range of polices in place to support the rights of indigenous peoples as set out in the UNDRIP, from human rights, to development and financing instruments. The EU's bilateral cooperation with many countries places a strong emphasis on indigenous peoples' participation at local and national levels in the countries they live. The EU is also taking action to fight violence against indigenous peoples and human rights defenders, especially when they are protecting lands and natural resources. Through the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights, the EU supports indigenous human rights defenders at risk in getting out of harm's way. 

This commitment to prevent and protect against threats and violence was reiterated by the EU Council conclusions on Indigenous Peoples adopted on 15 May this year. 

The EU will continue to stand by indigenous peoples in combatting discrimination and inequality. This is why the EU also is deeply committed to indigenous peoples' inclusion in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development where we will apply a rights based approach to development - encompassing all human rights so that no one is left behind. The EU's contribution to it will be guided by the new European Consensus for Development. 

The EU looks forward to continue our dialogues with indigenous peoples at all levels of EU cooperation to maximise the impacts of our actions. We will work with all partners, starting from indigenous peoples themselves, to ensure that the international community's commitments to UNDRIP continue in the coming years.

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Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the European Union on the alignment of certain third countries with Council implementing Decisions concerning restrictive measures against Syria

On 10 July 2017, the Council adopted Decision (CFSP) 2017/1245[1] implementing Council Decision 2013/255/CFSP. 

The Decision amends the list of persons and entities subject to restrictive measures as set out in the Annex I to Decision 2013/255/CFSP. 

The Candidate Countries the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*, Montenegro*, Serbia* and Albania*, the EFTA countries Liechtenstein and Norway, members of the European Economic Area, as well as Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova align themselves with this Declaration. 

They will ensure that their national policies conform to this Council Decision. 

The European Union takes note of this commitment and welcomes it.

 

[1] Published on 11.7.2017 in the Official Journal of the European Union n°. L 178, p. 13. 

*The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Albania continue to be part of the Stabilisation and Association Process. 

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Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the EU on the alignment of certain third countries with Council Implementing Decisions concerning restrictive measures against Syria

On 17 July 2017, the Council adopted Decision (CFSP) 2017/1341[1] implementing Council Decision 2013/255/CFSP.

The Decision amends the list of persons and entities subject to restrictive measures as set out in Annex I to Decision 2013/255/CFSP, adding 16 persons to the list.

The Candidate Countries the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*, Montenegro*, Serbia* and Albania*, the EFTA countries Liechtenstein and Norway, members of the European Economic Area, as well as Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova align themselves with this Declaration.

They will ensure that their national policies conform to this Council Decision.

The European Union takes note of this commitment and welcomes it.


[1] Published on 18.7.2017 in the Official Journal of the European Union n°L 185, p. 56.

*The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Albania continue to be part of the Stabilisation and Association Process.

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North Korea: Council aligns its sanction lists with the latest UN Security Council resolution

The Council has added 9 persons and 4 entities - including the state-owned Foreign Trade Bank (FTB) - to the lists of those subject to an asset freeze and  travel restrictions, transposing part of the new sanctions imposed by UN Security Council resolution 2371 (2017).

This resolution was adopted on 5 August 2017 in response to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)'s ongoing nuclear-weapon and ballistic missile-development activities, in violation and flagrant disregard of previous UN Security Council resolutions.

The decision brings the total number of persons under restrictive measures against the DPRK to 62 persons and 50 entities as listed by the UN. In addition, 41 persons and 7 entities are designated by the EU autonomously.

The Council will work on the swift transposition of the other sanctions included in UN security Council resolution 2371.

The EU has implemented all UN Security Council resolutions adopted in response to the DPRK's nuclear programmes and nuclear weapons, other weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programmes. In addition, the EU has also imposed autonomous restrictive measures against the DPRK, complementing and reinforcing the UN sanctions regime.

The legal acts were adopted by written procedure. They will be published in the Official Journal of 11 August.

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