First edition of the EU Delegation in Eritrea newsletter.
A message from His Excellency, Ambassador Christian R. Manahl, Head of Delegation of the European Union to the State of Eritrea
By Christian Manahl
I am pleased to present the first newsletter of the Delegation of the European Union to the State of Eritrea. It gives you a glimpse of the variety of activities of the European Union in the country. Our core business is, of course, development cooperation, which is guided by the principles and guidelines of the Cotonou agreement, a multilateral treaty signed by 78 countries from Africa, Caribbean and Pacific regions, the EU and all its Member States. However, the EU also maintains political, cultural and social relations with its international partners, and we want to work together with them in areas of environmental protection and other matters of common concern.
In the pursuit of these goals, the EU organized film screenings and art competitions, participated in a tree planting exercise and a public debate on climate change, supported vulnerable social groups, and hosted a reception to commemorate Human Rights Day. This newsletter reports about some of these activities in the course of last year. Regarding the future, we look forward to working with the authorities of the State of Eritrea as well as with non-governmental social partners and interest groups in pursuing a comprehensive relationship with Eritrea. We believe in openness and exchange that goes beyond commercial and development matters. Building on our own experience of uniting European countries with more than 20 languages and vastly different historical and cultural backgrounds, yet with shared principles and values, we are convinced that peaceful co-existence on the international level can best be achieved by promoting mutual understanding, identifying areas of common interest, and cooperating towards common goals.
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