Week 7 of 2021 has been quite significant for EU foreign policy. On Wednesday, the Commission and the High Representative unveiled the Union’s new strategy to strengthen rules-based multilateralism in the world. At the same time, a new trade strategy that is more assertive has also been launched.
Presidents von der Leyen and Michel took part in the Munich Security Conference, and also participated in the G5 Sahel meeting to discuss peacebuilding, and in the G7 meeting, where the EU’s intention to support vaccination in Africa was announced. Similar efforts will be made in the Western Balkans.
In parallel, the Commission will buy up to 300 million more doses of the Moderna vaccine, and has announced an initiative, the HERA Incubator, to fight new Covid-19 variants. The Council has amended the Capital Markets Recovery Package to help companies access funding, and Charles Michel saluted the 30th anniversary of Visegrád cooperation.
Finally, the Commission has launched the process of adoption of adequacy decisions for transfers of personal data to the United Kingdom. President Michel held a phone call with President Rouhani of Iran on the upcoming return of the United States to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.