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Parliamentary questions
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22 March 2018
P-000886/2018(ASW)
Answer given by High Representative/Vice-President Mogherini
Question reference: P-000886/2018

1. The European Union (EU) fully supports the work of the EU Election Observation Mission (EOM) and its recommendations, as expressed by Commissioner Malmström, who replaced High Representative/Vice-President Mogherini (HR/VP) at the EP Plenary debate in January 2018. The EU EOM final report was published on 10 January 2018 in Brussels and the EU stated in several occasions its readiness to start discussing its implementation with the Kenyan authorities.

2. The EU is actively engaged with Kenya in order to promote the rule of law and media freedom. One of the instruments of this engagement is the active Political dialogue between the EU and Kenya under Article 8 of the Cotonou agreement with eight meetings taking place during 2017. In reaction to the events reported by the Honourable Member, a spokesperson statement was issued on 1 February 2018, stressing the importance of the rule of law, including the freedoms of assembly, media and speech. This statement was followed by a call from the HR/VP to the newly appointed Kenyan Foreign minister on 2 February 2018. The constructive meeting between President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga on 9 March 2018 is a positive sign of the results of our engagement. Their joint document ‘Building bridges to a new Kenyan Nation’(1) envisages action for safety and security, against corruption, to ensure shared prosperity and to respect and enforce human and civil rights in Kenya. Active Political dialogue between the EU and Kenya will continue in 2018.

3. The implementation of the recommendations should be a process owned by Kenyan stakeholders. EOM Recommendations will be discussed in the EU-Kenya Political dialogue and discussions will take place on how the EU could provide further support to electoral reforms. The EU Head of Delegation is a key figure in this process and we have confidence in his actions and his active support for implementation of the recommendations of the EU EOM. He will complete these tasks under clear instructions and guidelines from the EEAS headquarters.

(1)http://www.president.go.ke/2018/03/09/building-bridges-to-a-new-kenyan-nation/

Last updated: 23 March 2018Legal notice