On May 9, 1950, the Schuman declaration lay the first brick for the creation of the European Union (EU) with the call for the establishment of Europe's first supranational Community, the European Coal and Steel Community, as a demonstration of solidarity. 70 years later, Europe comes together once again to fight the coronavirus and this demonstrates the importance of standing together one more time.
Mr. Thomas Wiersing, Chargé d'affaires a.i. of the EU Delegation to the Philippines will be talking about how solidarity built the EU and how today it serves as the guiding force for a Team Europe Response to COVID-19. He will discuss the EU response while stressing the importance of defeating the coronavirus through a global approach and cross-border coordination. He will also discuss how the EU is mobilizing its resources to address the pandemic not only in Europe but also beyond the EU borders.
The current COVID-19 crisis is also challenging the current form of globalization and this is leading to a growing clamor for a better balance between open markets and security of countries. He will also share how the EU is perceiving the new normal in a post-COVID-19 world.
Mr. Maurizio Cellini, Head of Trade and Economic Affairs First Counsellor of the EU Delegation to the Philippines will share his views on the impact of COVID-19 on EU-Philippines economic relations. He will likewise highlight the continuing opportunities for building a stronger economic partnership between the EU and the Philippines. Also, he will explain the EU support programs that can help in supporting the recovery of EU-Philippines trade and investments.