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Recalling the Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the European Union of 11 September, the EU once again reiterates that the 9 August Belarus Presidential elections were neither free nor fair.
On Tuesday 22 September, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, Josep Borrell, will pay an official visit to Kyiv.
Sixty young people have been selected as Young European Ambassadors (YEA) from the Western Balkans. They will now take up their exciting roles as the first members of the new network, developing skills and sharing ideas to promote EU values and opportunities.
Today, the European Commission confirmed its participation in the COVAX Facility for equitable access to affordable COVID-19 vaccines, following its expression of interest on 31 August and its announcement of a contribution of €400 million.
One of the most courageous minds of our times, Andrei Sakharov – a man so admired by this House - always spoke of his unshakeable belief in the hidden strength of the human spirit.
In these last six months, Europeans have shown how strong that human spirit really is.
Ahead of the International Day of Democracy, High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell and Vice-President Dubravka Šuica issued the following joint statement: “Across the world, people continue to demonstrate, often at great personal risk, their desire for democracy. From Hong Kong to Lebanon, Belarus to Sudan, behind the headlines and numbers are brave and courageous people https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/statement_20_1643from all backgrounds. We pay tribute to them and share their commitment to democracy.”
Arriving on board of an EU Humanitarian Air Bridge flight to Beirut today, Janez Lenarčič, EU Commissioner for Crisis Management, has started an official visit to Lebanon where he will meet Prime Minister-designate Mustapha Adib and oversee EU aid efforts following the devastating explosions in the city. The flight that landed today (the third such flight to Lebanon under the EU's Humanitarian Air Bridge) delivers around 30 tonnes of essential aid, including ambulances, firefighting equipment, personal protective equipment, medicines and telecommunication equipment.
The European Union deplores the increasingly open disregard for the rule of law in Belarus, in particular the escalation of violence and forced exile of members of the Coordination Council, in violation of Belarus’ domestic laws and its international obligations.
The EU welcomes the announced establishment of diplomatic relations between the Kingdom of Bahrain and Israel. This follows a similar decision taken by Israel and the United Arab Emirates last month.
Today, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, and the Director General of the WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, launched and co-hosted the first meeting of the High Level Facilitation Council, leading the work of the global collaborative framework Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator (the ACT-A) to speed up the development and deployment of vaccines, tests and treatments against COVID-19, as well as to improve health systems.