The European Union (EU) received assurances from President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. on Tuesday (Brussels…
ASEAN-EU relations under Marcos are expected to reach “higher heights”
On Wednesday (Brussels time), President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. expressed hope that relations between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the European Union (EU) would improve.
Marcos wanted to accomplish additional landmarks while the Philippines served as the ASEAN national coordinator for the EU talks through 2024.
In a press conference held following the ASEAN-EU Commemorative Summit plenary, he said, “I assure my fellow ASEAN Member States and all European Union Member States that the Philippines will continue to expend all efforts available to ensure that the implementation of the Plan of Action to Implement the ASEAN-EU Strategic Partnership for 2023-2027 proceeds as intended.
In his role as country coordinator for ASEAN-EU relations, he continued, “We look forward to developing and bringing forth ASEAN-EU ties to greater heights in the coming two years.”
According to Marcos, the fact that the ASEAN-EU meeting was held shows how well-established and committed the two sides’ relationships are.
According to Marcos, the Philippines will advocate for ASEAN’s closer collaboration with the EU in order to hasten the post-pandemic economic recovery, strengthen public health institutions, ensure maritime security, protect the environment, promote sustainable economic growth, and lessen the effects of climate change.
Along with highlighting the importance of connectivity “in all manners — by air, by land, by sea, and by digital means,” Marcos also aimed to strengthen ASEAN and EU cooperation in the area of digital transformation.
In addition, he said, “We will work for migration, gender justice, and the reduction of the so-called digital divide.”
In order to accomplish post-pandemic recovery, Marcos said he is also hopeful about the commencement of negotiations for the development of an ASEAN-EU Free Trade Agreement and the ASEAN-EU Trade and Investment Work Programme.
He released the statement while emphasizing the crucial part the EU must play in ASEAN’s pandemic response efforts.
Marcos also acknowledged the improved coordination between the two areas during the pandemic, which was achieved through a number of mechanisms, such as the Integrated Programme in Enhancing the Capacity of AHA Centre and ASEAN Emergency Response Mechanism (ARISE+) and the ASEAN Regional Integration Support from the EU Plus (ARISE+).
Among the accomplishments of the two regional blocs, he listed the signing of the ASEAN-EU Comprehensive Air Transport Agreement in October and the adoption of the Plan of Action to Implement the ASEAN-EU Strategic Partnership for 2023–2027.
As ASEAN and EU leaders, Marcos remarked, “I am delighted that today’s Summit instilled in all of us a sense of renewed resolve to continue cultivating and expanding our unique ASEAN-EU alliance which will serve us well as we are squeezed by the various problems that we have just discussed.”
Marcos promised to uphold the “successful and robust” relations between the two areas in his speech at the ASEAN-EU Commemorative Summit.
He also urged the ASEAN and EU members to work together and support each other as they forge plans to deepen their alliance.
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