22 July 2014, Brussels - UKRAINE: The Council agreed to accelerate the preparation of the sanctions agreed at the European Council of 16 July. It agreed to expand restrictive measures with a view to targeting individuals supporting or benefitting from Russian decision-makers responsible for the destabilisation of Eastern Ukraine.
MEPP: Ministers held an in-depth discussion on recent developments in the Middle East and called for an immediate cessation of the hostilities based on a return to the November 2012 ceasefire agreement. In this regard, the Council welcomed on-going efforts by regional partners, in particular by Egypt, and reiterated its readiness to provide the necessary support.
30 July 2014, Brussels - "Trafficking in human beings is a gross violation of human rights and knows no borders. Unscrupulous criminals target women and men, girls and boys, and exploit them for abhorrent forms of exploitation: from sexual exploitation, to forced labour and forced criminality. It happens within the EU and affects us all.
The first World Day against Trafficking in Persons is an occasion to renew our commitment to work together for eradicating human trafficking. It is a day to reflect our personal and collective responsibility towards the victims. Our behaviour creates demand that fosters all forms of exploitation, and this must stop. We owe it to the victims."
30 July 2014, Brussels – The European Commission welcomes the Member States' support for its proposal to increase EU humanitarian aid for the victims of the Syrian crisis. Earlier this year, the Commission proposed a scaling up by €50 million to its humanitarian aid for this crisis - a decision which has now been supported by the Council. The extra funding is directed to life-saving healthcare, medicines, water supply and other primary needs of the Syrians inside the war-torn country and its refugees in the neighbouring countries.
The European Union is the largest donor of humanitarian aid to the victims of the Syrian crisis, with more than €2.8 billion in relief and recovery assistance from the EU and of its Member States, of which €615 million from the EU alone.