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Parliamentary questions
9 November 2012
E-008050/2012
Answer given by High Representative/Vice-President Ashton on behalf of the Commission

Since the death of Meles Zenawi on 20 August, the EU has closely followed the political transition in Ethiopia, through its Delegation as well as in consultation with its Member States and its main international partners. This transition was formally concluded on 21 September, when the newly elected Chairperson of EPRDF, Hailemariam Desalegn was confirmed by the Ethiopian parliament as the new Prime Minister. During this month-time, the transition has been smooth and peaceful. Initial hypotheses of instability in the country have not been confirmed. Therefore, there was no need for the international community to take specific measures towards the Ethiopian authorities. The EU will remain engaged to ensure that Ethiopia will enhance its path of democratisation, upholding of human rights and prosperity for its people, and of regional stabilisation and integration. The High Representative had a first and positive meeting with PM Hailemariam Desalegn in the margins of UNGA in New York.

I would also like to confirm the EU engagement to help guarantee fundamental human rights of Ethiopian people. The EU is paying close attention to the application of the Anti Terrorism Proclamation, which allows for a wide interpretation of terrorism and its impact on freedom of media and expression. The EU is also conducting dialogue with the Ethiopian Government on civil society issues, especially regarding the application of the Civil Society Proclamation. Together with the Ethiopian Minister of Federal Affairs, the EU chairs the Civil Society Working Group, bringing together Government and representatives of civil society and donor agencies. The EU also continues to intensify initiatives, including declarations or demarches on the death penalty in Ethiopia.

OJ C 308 E, 23/10/2013
Last updated: 22 January 2013Legal notice