“The EU is the Philippines´ third trading partner. Trade exchanges reached 11 billion euros last year. And the good news on all those figures is that they are growing year after year and we intend to ensure that this growth continues,” said Catherine Ashton, EU high representative for foreign affairs and security policy and European Commission vice president during her visit in the Philippines.
“We have more than doubled our bilateral assistance, up to 325 million euros for the next six years. We want to focus especially on supporting the Philippines in strengthening the rule of law through judicial and legal reform, inclusive growth through access to sustainable energy and of course job creation,” EU’s high representative said.
Ashton said she is the country to strengthen political dialogue between PH and EU. “But we want to go further in this relationship, and turn it into a more strategically rounded partnership beyond trade and aid.”
“Another example of new areas of cooperation is the EU support to the Centre of Excellence for Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear risk mitigation opened in Manila last year and now fully operational. This Centre of Excellence now runs activities on bio safety, nuclear safety and emergency planning,” Catherine Ashton said.
Ashton also noted that “the European Union encourages all parties to seek peaceful solutions, through dialogue and cooperation, in accordance with international law – in particular with the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.”