17 April 2014, Geneva - "The Geneva meeting on the situation in Ukraine agreed on initial concrete steps to de-escalate tensions and restore security for all citizens.
All sides must refrain from any violence, intimidation or provocative actions.
The participants strongly condemned and rejected all expressions of extremism, racism and religious intolerance, including anti‐semitism.
All illegal armed groups must be disarmed; all illegally seized buildings must be returned to legitimate owners; all illegally occupied streets, squares and other public places in Ukrainian cities and towns must be vacated."
17 April 2014, Brussels - The following letter was sent today by the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, to the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin:
"The European Union agrees on your proposal for consultations with the Russian Federation and Ukraine with regard to security of gas supply and transit. We believe that this approach allows for the most useful process with the Russian Federation and other third parties, as these matters concern Member States' matters as well as the operation of the European Union's single market and touch upon a shared competence of the European Union."
14 April 2014, Brussels - A unique new web tool that provides easy access to clear, complete and accurate data on development and humanitarian aid around the world will be launched tomorrow by the European Commission, at the High Level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation in Mexico.
The ‘EU Aid Explorer’ covers the activities of different donors and offers quick answers to questions such as how much aid the EU gave or in which sectors EU member states worked in a given year. This tool is part of EU action to further increase transparency and improve accountability. By making data easily accessible, countries, beneficiaries, EU citizens and implementing partners can examine the use of donor funds; and donors themselves can improve coordination and effectiveness.