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Parliamentary questions
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18 April 2018
E-000887/2018(ASW)
Answer given by Vice-President Mogherini on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-000887/2018

The European Union (EU) is following closely the situation in the Maldives. The Spokesperson issued two statements on 2 February(1) and on 6 February(2) 2018. The Head of EU Delegation accredited to the Maldives and based in Colombo conducted an official demarche to the Maldivian authorities (19-21 February 2018), mandated by Member States with specific Terms of Reference, to carry EU concerns and messages.

Upon the proposal of the High Representative/Vice-President (HR/VP), the Council adopted Conclusions on 26 February 2018(3) calling the competent Maldivian institutions to immediately lift the State of Emergency and restore all constitutionally guaranteed rights.

The Council called upon Maldivian authorities to respect the rule of law, and protect human rights and fundamental freedoms, including the freedom of expression and the right to fair trial. The Council condemned politically motivated arrests and called for the immediate release of all political prisoners.

The Council also condemned any interference with the work of the Supreme Court of the Maldives and actions taken against the judiciary and the judges. In its conclusions, the Council underlined that the current situation is not in accordance with the principles of democratic rule and separation of powers, and that if the situation does not improve, the Council may therefore consider targeted measures. In its conclusions, the Council also expressed concerns about the possible impact of the current situation also on the security of foreign residents and visitors, including tourists.

The HR/VP will continue to follow the situation in coordination with the Council.

The Maldives graduated to Upper Middle Income Country status, therefore there is no Multi Annual Indicative Programme/bilateral envelope for Maldives for 2014-2020. EU development cooperation is currently limited to two projects in the field of climate change adaptation and mitigation, and a support to local authorities and civil society organisations, implemented by Transparency International. Considering the nature of the projects, the EU does not intend to interrupt activities.

(1)https://eeas.europa.eu/headquarters/headquarters-homepage/39275/statement-spokesperson-decision-supreme-court-maldives_en
(2)https://eeas.europa.eu/headquarters/headquarters-homepage/39413/statement-spokesperson-situation-maldives_en
(3)http://data.consilium.europa.eu/doc/document/ST-6420-2018-INIT/en/pdf

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