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17 Oct 2017 description
report European Union

On Monday 16 October 2017 the Council adopted the EU Annual Report on Human Rights And Democracy in the World in 2016.

2016 was a challenging year for human rights and democracy, with a shrinking space for civil society and complex humanitarian and political crises emerging. In this context, the European Union showed leadership and remained strongly committed to promote and protect human rights and democracy across the world.

05 Jul 2017 description
report European Union

In 2016, almost 1.3 million applications for international protection were made in the EU+. This was a 7 % decrease compared to 2015 when close to 1.4 million applications were lodged. However, the significant increase in asylum applications over the past two years led to a growth in decisions issued at first instance: in 2016, EU+ countries issued close to 1.15 million first-instance decisions, an increase of 84 % compared to 2015. Also decisions issued in second instance rose in 2016 compared to 2015, by 21%.

11 Jul 2016 description
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Executive Summary

The 2015 Annual Report on the Situation of Asylum in the European Union aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the number and nature of applications for international protection made in the EU+ (1). It examines how those applications were processed and indicates important developments at EU+ and national level in order to describe the functioning of the Common European Asylum System (CEAS) in each of its key aspects.

Introduction

15 Feb 2016 description
report European Union

In this 10th anniversary year of the UN Human Rights Council and ahead of its 31st session, the EU reaffirms its strong commitment to the United Nations bodies tasked with the promotion and protection of human rights. The EU will again actively engage with the Human Rights Council and General Assembly Third Committee to defend and promote the universality, indivisibility, and interdependence of human rights, and will continue to draw the attention of these fora to human rights violations and abuses worldwide.

31 Dec 2015 description
report European Union

I. Situational overview

Situation at the border

Border surveillance

Illegal border-crossing

08 Oct 2015 description
report European Union

FRONTEX PUBLISHES ANALYSIS OF EASTERN BORDERS FOR Q2

2015-10-08

Ukrainians accounted for the biggest share of the 1 400 illegal border crossings on the Europe’s eastern borders in the second quarter of this year, but only 10 cases were related to irregular migration, according to Frontex’s Eastern European Borders Quarterly report.

The rest of the illegal crossings by the citizens of Ukraine were in large part linked to smuggling.

07 Oct 2015 description
report European Union

CONTENTS
Latest asylum trends and main countries of origin........................2
Five Years of EASO: Results and Perspectives................................4
EASO call for experts to assist in Italy and Greece.........................4
Kick-off meeting of the COI Specialist Network on the Ukraine....5
EASO publishes COI report on Pakistan.........................................5
Conference on Home Affairs Funds...............................................6
EASO reports to the European Parliament on the hotspots..........6

30 Sep 2015 description
report European Union

FRONTEX PUBLISHES ANALYSIS OF EU’S EASTERN BORDERS FOR Q3

In the third quarter of 2015, 1 866 cases of illegal border-crossings were recorded at the EU’s eastern borders, a third more than in the previous three-month period. Nationals from outside of the CIS and EaP region – mainly citizens of Afghanistan, Vietnam and Syria – accounted for 51% of the detections. Ukrainians accounted for the largest number of illegal border-crossings, but they were mainly linked to smuggling and other reasons not related to irregular migration.

09 Sep 2015 description
report European Union

Summary: 7 September 2015, Brussels - Federica Mogherini, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, met with Foreign Minister of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin this morning to discuss the latest developments in the country.

11 Aug 2015 description
report European Union

"The renewed escalation of the conflict raising the number of casualties, as a result of attacks on several government controlled areas today and in the night of 10 August on Starohnativka, violates the spirit and the letter of the Minsk Agreements.

08 Jul 2015 description
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Volume I: Synthesis report
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Volume II: Full component reports

This Recovery and Peacebuilding Assessment (RPA) report for Eastern Ukraine is a collabora­tive product authored jointly by staff of the European Union (EU), the United Nations (UN), and the World Bank Group (WBG).

30 Jun 2015 description
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I. Situational overview

Border surveillance

Illegal border-crossing

During the first quarter 2015, 774 persons were detected for illegal crossing of the regional and common borders between BCPs. Of this figure, 56% represented regional (CIS and EaP countries) nationals with the highest number of Ukrainian citizens, followed by Georgians and Russians.

20 Jun 2015 description
report European Union

Summary: 19 June 2015, Brussels - As part of its support for the implementation of the Minsk agreements, the European Union is stepping up its support for the work of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) with a further EUR 18 million assistance package for the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM). This will bring the total amount of European Commission support to the SMM to EUR 25 million.

08 Jun 2015 description

We, the leaders of the G7, met in Elmau for our annual Summit on 7 and 8 June 2015. Guided by our shared values and principles, we are determined to work closely together to meet the complex international economic and political challenges of our times. We are committed to the values of freedom and democracy, and their universality, to the rule of law and respect for human rights, and to fostering peace and security. Especially in view of the numerous crises in the world, we as G7 nations stand united in our commitment to uphold freedom, sovereignty and territorial integrity.

19 May 2015 description
report European Union

EASTERN EUROPEAN BORDERS ANNUAL RISK ANALYSIS 2015 PUBLISHED

In 2014, only 0.5% of all illegal border-crossings reported by EU Member States at the external borders took place at the 6 000-kilometre-long eastern borders of the EU, totalling 1 275.

Meanwhile, the economic downturn in Russia led to a decline in regular traffic flows at EU Member States’ borders with the country, with the weakening rouble reducing the number of Russian travellers and shoppers crossing the EU borders. This trend was the most pronounced near the end of last year.

31 Mar 2015 description
report European Union

The Council adopted on 31 March 2015 a decision providing a maximum of €1,8 billion in further macro-financial assistance to Ukraine.

The aim is to support economic stabilisation of the country and a substantive reform agenda, contributing to its balance-of-payments needs as identified by the IMF.

Loans

The assistance will be available for a period of two and a half years. It will be provided in the form of loans, to be disbursed in three instalments. The loans will have a maximum maturity of 15 years.

09 Mar 2015 description
report European Union

Mr President,

It is an honour for me to address the Security Council in my first months as High Representative of the European Union.

I would like to thank the French presidency of the Council for this opportunity to discuss our partnership. And I would like to thank you, Mr Secretary General, for your briefing but most of all for your friendship and for the excellent cooperation we have established already during these months.