Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines

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Manila, 19 August 2019 – In response to a series of powerful earthquakes and aftershocks that hit northern Philippines in late July, the European Union is providing € 90,000 (P 5.2 million) in humanitarian funding to address the urgent needs of the most affected families. The aid will directly benefit 1 000 people in some of the heavily hit areas in the remote island of Itbaya, Batanes province.

Manila, 02 August 2019 – In response to the ongoing dengue outbreak in the Philippines, the European Union is providing €100 000 EUR (PHP 5.670 million) in humanitarian aid funding to assist the most affected communities. The aid will directly and indirectly benefit 300 000 people in some of the hardest hit areas in the regions of Calabarzon, Central Luzon, Central Visayas, Metropolitan Manila, and Western Visayas.

The European Union and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) continue to deepen their relationship while working towards the establishment of a Strategic Partnership. This decision to upgrade relations was taken by the EU and ASEAN countries’ Foreign Ministers at the EU-ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on 21 January 2019. EU-ASEAN (consisting of Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar (Burma), Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam) relations date back to 1977 when official “Dialogue Relations” began. In June 2015, the EU confirmed the adoption of a new strategy “The EU and ASEAN: a partnership with a strategic purpose”. In August 2017 during the EU-ASEAN Post-Ministerial Conference, the second EU-ASEAN Plan of Action (2018-2022) was agreed.

Following the recent visit to Davao City to attend the Davao Investment Conference last June, European Ambassadors Franz Jessen (EU), Michel Goffin (Belgium), Saskia Lang (Netherlands) and First Counsellor and Trade and Economic Affairs Head Maurizio Cellini and First Counsellor and Finance, Contracts and Audit Section Head Marc Fearn (both from the EU Delegation), will visit Cebu City today (25 July) to meet with political, business and academic interlocutors.

With European prosperity and Asian peace and security closely connected, the European Union has decided to strengthen its security cooperation in and with Asia. This is also in line with the steps taken by the EU in the past years to strengthen its role as a global security provider.

As we mark the International Criminal Justice Day, the European Union reaffirms its longstanding support towards the international criminal justice system and in particular its unwavering commitment to the International Criminal Court (ICC), as part of the EU's wider commitment to a rules-based international order.

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