The EU is contributing in a very significant way to the global COVID-19 vaccination drive via exports and the international COVAX facility. By 25 March 2021, the EU authorised for export more than 77 million doses, including to those countries that have not exported any doses to anyone.
How is the EU facing its vaccine challenges and dealing with the high expectations? Read more.
On 29 March, EU Ambassador to Malaysia H.E. Michalis Rokas wrote to the New Straits Times’ editor about solidarity and cooperation between the EU and Malaysia in overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the letter here.
On 17 February, the European Commission and the High Representative for Foreign Policy put forward a new strategy to strengthen the EU's contribution to rules-based multilateralism. It lays out the EU's expectations and ambitions.
In recent years, the EU’s vision for multilateralism has been challenged, because of great power rivalry, competitive nationalism and populism. So how do we revive multilateralism in a multipolar world? If you want to advance some key principles on the world stage, you need to throw your political weight behind them and not just rely on their moral value.
The Indo-Pacific is an increasingly important region, a shift of focus that has been accelerated by the pandemic. The EU must look at the consequences in geo-political and geo-economic terms. “Asia is big and diverse and should not be reduced to looking only at China,” says HRVP Josep Borell. Read more.
On 9 March, the European Commission presented a vision and avenues for Europe’s digital transformation by 2030. This vision for the EU's digital decade revolves around four cardinal points on Europe’s Digital Compass: skills, government, infrastructures and business. These four areas will translate the EU’s digital ambitions for 2030. Read more.
EU Ambassador to Malaysia H.E. Michalis Rokas met with Malaysian Finance Minister Tengku Zafrul Abdul Aziz on 29 March and Minister in the Prime Minister's Department responsible for economy Mustapa Mohamed on 30 March.
EU in Malaysia and EUROCHAM Malaysia met with the Health Minister Dr. Adham Baba on March 23 to discuss strengthening healthcare collaborations and to donate 36 infusion pumps to support Malaysia’s fight against COVID-19.
On 17 February, the European Commission set out its new trade strategy for the coming years, reflecting the concept of open strategic autonomy and building on the EU’s openness to contribute to global economic recovery through support for green and digital transformations, strengthening multilateralism and reforming global trade rules.
EU trade policy is one of our most important tools to support European strategic interests and values around the world. Why? Because size matters. In the field of trade, the EU can take quick decisions and it has a lot of clout. The real question is: what does the EU want to use it for?
The Joint Working Group on Palm Oil between the European Union and relevant ASEAN member countries met for the first time, online, on 27 January. The Joint Working Group was organised as part of a commitment reached at the 23rd ASEAN-EU Ministerial Meeting held last December, which elevated EU-ASEAN relations to a Strategic Partnership. The meeting brought together representatives from Indonesia, Malaysia, Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, the European Commission and the European External Action Service. Participants engaged in open, frank and productive initial discussions on sustainable vegetable oils and meeting sustainability goals.
For International Women's Day on 9 March, as part of the global #InspiredByHer campaign, EU in Malaysia put the spotlight on women leading the way in their respective fields and contributing to reducing inequalities. Qyira Yusri, co-founder and education director of youth movement Undi 18, and Deborah Henry, co-founder of refugee centre Fugee Org spoke about their work, what inspires them, the need for equal opportunities, and their hopes for women and girls in Malaysia. Watch the videos here and here.
On March 22, the European Council decided to impose restrictive measures on eleven individuals in Myanmar. The EU condemns the callous violence perpetrated against the people of Myanmar and urge the Myanmar military leaders to stand down form this senseless path.
The EU also imposed sanctions on four entities in the rest of the world responsible for serious human rights violations and abuses. The violations targeted include large-scale arbitrary detentions of, in particular, Uyghurs in Xinjiang in China, repression in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, and torture and repression against LGBTI persons and political opponents in Chechnya in Russia, among others.
The European Commission adopted its new EU strategy on adaptation to climate change on 24 February, setting out how the EU can adapt to the unavoidable impacts of climate change and become climate resilient by 2050. The Strategy has four principle objectives: to make adaptation smarter, swifter and more systemic, and to step up international action on adaptation to climate change.
On 25 March, the European Commission launched a new and revamped Erasmus+ programme to fund learning mobility and cross-border cooperation projects for millions of people across the EU and the world. The more than €28 billion budget is almost double the previous budget. The first calls for proposals under the new Erasmus+ was published for any public or private body active in the fields of education, training, youth and sport to apply for funding.
In conjunction with Europe Day 2021, EU in Malaysia has launched the I *star* EU Photography Showdown for Malaysians aged 18 and above. Submit fun and creative photos of stars and stand to win great prizes from the European embassies in Malaysia! The contest closes on Friday, 30 April. Read more here on how to participate.
The Europe In Cinema series continues in April, with a 2017 production titled “Guy” by director Alex Lutz brought to you by EUNIC Malaysia. The movie will be screened in its original language (French) with English subtitles at GSC Quill City Mall (Hall 5) at 8pm on Tuesday, 6 April. Read more here on how to get your free tickets.
UNICEF and its partner Global Shepherds took the opportunity on International Women’s Day to engage with the teachers and children in two learning centres in Keningau, in the state of Sabah on the topics of women in leadership and gender equality in the post-pandemic world. This partnership is part of the cross-regional European Union-UNICEF Protecting children affected by migration in Southeast, South, and Central Asia project that kicked off in February 2020.
The new Erasmus+ programme and its first call for proposals was launched on 26 March. This call includes Erasmus Mundus Actions (strategic partnerships in the field of education, training and youth) and Jean Monnet actions (initiative to encourage teaching, research and reflection in the field of European integration studies). Information for applicants on how to apply to these actions are on the EACEA website. For details, documents and deadlines, read more here.
The European Commission has published the Call for Proposals for the Partnership for Sustainable Cities (EuropeAid/171273/DH/ACT/Multi) to promote integrated urban development through partnerships. This is a global call for proposals. The deadline for the submission of concept notes is 23/04/2021 at 16:00 (Brussels time). For details, documents and deadlines, read more here.