A Senior Officials' Meeting (SOM) between the European Union and Malaysia took place at the Malaysian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Putrajaya on 6 June 2018.
The Senior Officials' Meeting covered a broad range of issues and resulted in achieving new momentum for EU-Malaysia relations following the recent general elections that saw the first change of government in 61 years. The dialogue also covered regional issues as well as security challenges and global developments.
In an open and friendly exchange, it was agreed to step up cooperation, notably in the areas of trade and investment, security, human rights, economy, climate change, environment and renewable energy.
In this context, both sides welcomed progress towards early signature of the Malaysia-EU Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA), which will provide the framework for broadening and deepening EU-Malaysia relations in the future.
Malaysia and the EU also discussed their trade and investment relationship and the possible early resumption of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations.
The meeting was co-chaired by Mr Gunnar Wiegand, Managing Director for Asia and the Pacific in the European External Action Service (EEAS) and H.E. Raja Nushirwan Zainal Abidin, Deputy Secretary-General (Bilateral Relations) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Malaysia. They agreed to hold the next Senior Officials’ Meeting in Brussels in 2019.