Statement by the Spokespersons of Catherine Ashton, the EU High Representative/Vice President, and Štefan Füle, Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, on the amnesty announced by President Aliyev of Azerbaijan
Brussels (20 October) - We welcome the amnesty announced by the President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, on Friday 17 October, leading to the pardon and release of around 80 prisoners including at least four civil society activists. We greet this amnesty as a positive first step in reversing the trend of recent months. We urge the authorities in Azerbaijan to build upon this step by extending the amnesty to other individuals belonging to civil society organisations who currently face imprisonment.
EU-Turkey: Meeting with Minister V.Bozkir in Brussels
Brussels (16 October) - Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Štefan Füle met the Turkish Minister of European Affairs and Chief Negotiator Volkan Bozkır in Brussels today. Commissioner Füle welcomed Minister Bozkir's ongoing commitment to the accession process and assured him of the Commission's support. He expressed his conviction that under the Minister's determined guidance, future reforms will bring Turkey closer to the EU.
EU-Lebanon: Solidarity and resolve to enhance engagement
Beirut (14 October) - Commissioner for the Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy of the European Union Štefan Füle visited Beirut today where he reiterated EU's determination to stand by Lebanon and support it in dealing with all the challenges the country is currently facing. He discussed the situation with Prime Minister Tammam Salam, Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil and Minister of Economy Alain Hakim. İn their talks they focused on the domestic developments in Lebanon, impact of the Syrian crisis and influx of the refugees on the Lebanese society and economy.
Commissioner Füle signs EU-Lebanon cooperation priorities for the coming years
Beirut (14 October) - During the visit in Lebanon Commissioner Füle and the Lebanese Minister of Economy and Trade Alain Hakim signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the European Union Single Support Framework for Lebanon. The Single Support Framework outlines the focus of the development cooperation programmes with Lebanon for the years 2014-2016.