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High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini is travelling to Tirana, Albania, today to participate at the Brdo-Brijuni Summit which will on 9 May bring together Heads of State or Government of the Western Balkans.
The Western Balkans Enterprise Development and Innovation Facility (WB EDIF) held its second SME Forum on 7 May 2019 in Sarajevo. The event was hosted by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), in the margins of its Annual meeting.
The European Union and Council of Europe are extending the Partnership for Good Governance programme to help strengthen human rights, democracy and the rule of law in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine.
As Chairman of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Board of Governors, European Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen, responsible for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness, will chair its 28th Annual General Meeting.
The Turkish Supreme Election Council decided to re-run elections in Istanbul following extraordinary appeals which contested the initially certified outcome of these elections. The justification for this far-reaching decision, taken in a highly politicised context, should be made available for public scrutiny without delay.
Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, is on official visit to Egypt. Between February 2019 until January 2020, Egypt is chairing the African Union.
Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, will travel to Bratislava, Slovakia on 6 May to participate in the informal Eastern Partnership V4 ministerial meeting.
The European Union has adopted a new €18 million programme to support stabilisation work in areas liberated from Da'esh by the Global Coalition in north-eastern Syria. The new programme will contribute to the provision of basic services, such as water supplies and demining, within the governorates of Raqqa and Deir Ez-Zor. It is funded under the Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace and will complement on-going humanitarian and stabilisation efforts by the European Union, EU member states and other partners from the Global Coalition.
Tomorrow will be the 15th anniversary of the 2004 enlargement, when 10 countries acceded to the European Union: Cyprus, Czechia, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia. President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker said: “The decision in 2004 to embrace 10 European countries was a great moment for our continent and a great moment in history. The accession of the Central and Eastern European countries, and the courage of their people in preparing for that accession, is what allowed us to reconcile our continent's geography with its history. I remain an ardent fan of enlargement today.” For these Member States to catch up with the EU average in terms of growth and income, the EU invested massively via its Cohesion Policy and, since 2014, via the Investment Plan for Europe, the Juncker Plan.
The European Commission adopted on 29 April 2019 a second special measure on supporting Bosnia and Herzegovina in managing migration flows for an amount of EUR 13 million. This new EU action will build on the results of the previous support measures through which the EU has provided EUR 9.7 million to help the country cope with the influx of migrants it has experienced since 2018. This action will be implemented by IOM in cooperation with the UNHCR and UNICEF.