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Seafarers are truly indispensable key workers. They are the ones transporting essential goods: the food on our plates, the fuel for busses and cars. The medicines and equipment that doctors use in our hospitals to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and other illnesses. They are the ones moving global trade. And yet today hundreds of thousands of seafarers are stranded on board their ships.

According to UN Women, one in three women worldwide experience physical or sexual violence, mostly by an intimate partner. On the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November, the EU Delegation in Geneva took a strong public stance against gender-based violence by participating in the #OrangeTheWorld campaign.

The European Commission and the High Representative are today putting forward a proposal for a new, forward-looking transatlantic agenda. While the past years have been tested by geopolitical power shifts, bilateral tensions and unilateral tendencies, the victory of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris, combined with a more assertive and capable European Union and a new geopolitical and economic reality, present a once-in-a-generation opportunity to design a new transatlantic agenda for global cooperation based on our common values, interests and global influence.