10 May 2017
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President Juncker speaks about Europe’s future in Bonn and in Brussels
On the occasion of Europe Day (9 May), President Juncker spoke at length earlier this week about the European Union’s future and its current challenges. On Monday, he addressed the Bonner Akademie für Forschung und Lehre praktischer Politik with a speech entitled “Europe’s end – Europe’s beginning? The EU between crisis and breakup”, where he said: “Europe is losing weight. We are the smallest continent. Those who do not know how to change these figures will know that the time has not come to divide us into national parts, but rather to stand united.” The speech is available in German here. Yesterday in Brussels, President Juncker also participated in a Citizens’ Dialogue with the theme “Europe Day 2017 – Which way forward for a better European Future?”, along with other prominent European figures. The video of the event can be watched on EbS here.
Report on the state of EU-Tunisia relations: towards a strengthening of our Privileged Partnership
Today, the European Commission and the European External Action Service published their first report on the state of EU-Tunisia relations in 2015-2016, in accordance with the revised European Neighbourhood Policy and prior to the Association Council being held on 11 May 2017.
Six years on from the 2011 revolution, and particularly over the past two years, there has been tangible progress, in particular as regards democratic consolidation and promotion of good governance, enhanced security, and exchange and integration between the people of Tunisia and Europe. The EU’s constant support, which began immediately after the revolution, was further displayed when Tunisia was associated in the Horizon 2020 research programme and the Erasmus+ programme, and when EU-Tunisia partnerships for both youth and mobility were adopted. A full press release is available here.
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