The European Commission President Ursula Von der Leyer and Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. met in Manila. The two leaders discussed issues ranging from trade to climate change cooperation.
Ursula Von der Lyen stressed the importance of a free and open Indo-pacific region. To this end, Phillipines and the European Union will strengthen their cooperation on maritime security.
Information sharing, conducting threat assessments and building Philippine’s coast guard capacity will be the heart of the cooperation.
Promoting the green economy is also a priority. The European Union will support the Philippines’ fight against climate change. Marcos has increased the share of renewable energies in the country’s energy mix to 35 % by 2030.