The relationship between Philippines and the European Union (EU) has been reaffirmed on March 1 through the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA).
The said agreement, which was first signed in 2012 was ratified by the Senate last January, would beef up legal frameworks.
The PCA as it focuses on political, social and economic matters, can as well strengthen ties between the two nations.
“I am happy to see the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement coming into force,” said European Union Ambassador Franz Jessen in a statement.
“The EU-Philippine relations are now firmly anchored on an ambitious and shared agreement,” he added.
The ambassador stressed that the PCA “reflects the longstanding partnership the European Union has with the people of the Philippines and the European Union’s commitment to investing in a strong and beneficial relationship that benefits both EU and Filipino citizens.”
He said that with the ratification of the PCA, the EU and the Philippines would continue their shared principles on good governance, democracy, the rule of law, among others.
“The PCA will help to shape the wider relationship between the EU and the Philippines moving forward, contributing to enhanced political and economic ties through enhancing cooperation across a wide range of areas of mutual interest, including justice and security reform, migration, trade and development cooperation, regional challenges, the environment and political dialogues,” Jessen added.