EU-PHL partnership agreement takes effect March 1

The Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA) between European Union (EU) and the Philippines will enter into force on March 1. This pact was signed in 2012 by both parties and was ratified by both governments after the Senate of the Philippines concurred on January 22, 2018.

Delegation of the EU to the Philippines said the Agreement will provide a new and enhanced legal framework, enabling both countries to strengthen their bilateral relationship, in particular on political, social and economic matters, including human rights.

“I am happy to see the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement coming into force. The EU-Philippine relations are now firmly anchored on an ambitious and shared agreement,” EU Ambassador Franz Jessen said.

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.