A renewed multilateralism fit for the 21st century: the EU's agenda
The Commission and the High Representative yesterday put forward a new strategy to strengthen the EU's contribution to rules-based multilateralism. The Joint Communication lays out the EU's expectations of and ambitions for the multilateral system. Yesterday's proposal suggests to make use of all tools at the EU's disposal, including its extensive political, diplomatic and financial support to promote global peace and security, defend human rights and international law, and to promote multilateral solutions to global challenges.
High Representative of the Union for Foreign and Security Policy/Vice-President for a Stronger Europe in the World, Josep Borrell, yesterday said:
“Multilateralism matters because it works. But we cannot be ‘multilateralists' alone. At a time of growing scepticism, we must demonstrate the benefit and relevance of the multilateral system. We will build stronger, more diverse and inclusive partnerships to lead its modernisation and shape global responses to the challenges of the 21st century, some of which threaten the very existence of humanity.”
Commissioner for International Partnerships, Jutta Urpilainen, yesterday said:
“The EU has been and will continue to be the best ally of multilateralism and its institutions. However, the more complex global environment calls us to be more united, coherent, focused, and better leverage our collective Team Europe strength. This new strategy spells out our ambition on inclusive multilateralism, our strong commitment to renew it and it will be underpinned by specific actions.”
Defining and defending EU priorities and values in the multilateral system
The challenges of the 21st century call for more, not less, multilateral governance and rules-based international cooperation. The EU has defined clear strategic priorities on issues that no country can face alone: peace and security, human rights and the rule of law, sustainable development, public health, or climate. Now, it needs to advance these priorities multilaterally in a strategic approach to ensure a safer world and a sustainable, inclusive global recovery.
The EU must step up its leadership and ‘deliver as one' to ‘succeed as one'. To this end, the EU will advance more efficient coordination mechanisms around joint priorities and making better use of its collective strength, including building on the Team Europe approach. Its democratic and unique regulatory strengths are assets to help build a better world, while its security and defence structures support global efforts to keep, sustain and build international peace and security.
Modernising the multilateral system
To ensure the global multilateral system is ‘fit for purpose' to address today's challenges, the EU will continue to support the UN Secretary-General's reform efforts. It will promote the modernisation of key institutions such as the World Health Organisation and the World Trade Organisation. It will also spearhead the development of new global norms and the establishment of cooperation platforms in areas such as taxation, the digital sphere or Artificial Intelligence.
A stronger Europe through partnership
To change the multilateral landscape, we need a new generation of partnerships. The EU will build new alliances with third countries, reinforce cooperation with multilateral and regional organisations, as well as other stakeholders, especially those with whom it shares democratic values and, with others, it will seek a common ground issue by issue. It will support partner countries in engaging more effectively in the multilateral system and ensure systematic follow-up of bilateral commitments with partners to advance multilateral objectives. EU aims to build a more inclusive multilateralism. It is important to engage also with civil society as well as the private sector, social and other stakeholders.
The Commission and the High Representative invite the European Parliament and the Council to endorse the approach and to work together on these priorities.
Latest News from
EIB provides €7.5 million to Austrian artificial intelligence software innovator Cortical.io04/03/2021 16:33:00
The European Investment Bank (EIB) is providing €7.5 million to Cortical.io AG, an Austrian software company developing innovative artificial intelligence technology based on a Natural Language Understanding (NLU) approach that can interpret and process human language text.
Council approves greater corporate transparency for big multinationals04/03/2021 15:25:00
The EU is taking measures to enhance corporate transparency of big multinational companies.
Commission presents updated approach to fiscal policy response to coronavirus pandemic04/03/2021 14:33:00
The European Commission yesterday adopted a Communication providing Member States with broad guidance on the conduct of fiscal policy in the period ahead.
Union of Equality: European Commission presents Strategy for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities 2021-203004/03/2021 13:25:00
The European Commission yesterday presented an ambitious Strategy for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities 2021-2030 to ensure their full participation in society, on an equal basis with others in the EU and beyond, in line with the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union and the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, which establish equality and non-discrimination as cornerstones of EU policies.
Team Europe partners with Equity Bank to support Kenyan business and agriculture amid COVID-1904/03/2021 11:33:00
The European Union and the European Investment Bank, working together as Team Europe, are providing €120 million (KES 15.8 billion) of new support for Equity Bank to enhance financing to Kenyan companies most impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.
Opening remarks by Commissioner Dalli on the Strategy for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities 2021-203004/03/2021 10:38:00
Opening remarks given yesterday by Commissioner Dalli on the Strategy for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities 2021-2030.
African swine fever: devising an ‘exit strategy’ for affected countries03/03/2021 14:33:00
FSA has devised surveillance strategies that will help countries affected by African swine fever (ASF) to determine when the virus has stopped circulating among their wild boar populations.
Boosting sustainable investments in Croatia: EIB and EIAH support HBOR in providing advisory services for the public sector03/03/2021 13:25:00
The European Investment Bank (EIB) and the Croatian Bank for Reconstruction and Development (HBOR) yesterday signed an agreement to support HBOR in setting up its own advisory services and enhance its capacity to support investments in key sectors of the Croatian economy, such as environment, resource efficiency, circular economy, smart cities, and social infrastructure.
International Women’s Day 2021: Women leading the fight against COVID-1903/03/2021 10:38:00
MEPs and national parliamentarians will discuss women’s key role in fighting the pandemic during an inter-parliamentary committee meeting on Thursday morning.