Zovko welcomes the adoption of the report on the consequences of the COVID-19 outbreak on EU foreign policy

Brussels, 25 November 2020.

The European Parliament gave its final approval for the report adopted on the consequences of the COVID-19 outbreak on EU foreign policy. EPP shadow rapporteur for the file, Željana Zovko reacted: “The virus has not only affected our living conditions, but also the geopolitical dynamics. The crisis has highlighted the importance of multilateral cooperation.” She said that with the creation of Team Europe, the European Union has shown its willingness to assist partner states facing difficulties during the pandemic. “Unfortunately, our efforts in the Europe Union and in neighbouring countries where challenged by several global players. Disinformation campaigns have undermined our actions, including in the Western Balkans. These campaigns directly jeopardized the health situation,” Zovko stated.

According to the report, the EU has to strengthen its internal resilience, develop new partnerships, and foster its vision on multilateralism. The report emphasises the need for a more united EU possessing open strategic autonomy and the need to reduce dependency on third countries in strategic sectors, such as health. With the report, the European Parliament also reiterates its call for a clear accession perspective for Western Balkan countries and to support recovery efforts of countries in the EU neighbourhood.

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