* Date : 2020-04-14
The importance of global cooperation has been magnified as the world is in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis. Experiencing COVID-19 earlier, Korea has been sharing response measures with the world while G20 leaders held a virtual special summit on March 26 to announce a joint declaration to tackle the crisis. Europe has seen a surge in the number of confirmed cases and deaths due to COVID-19 making cooperation between nations all the more urgent. Accordingly, the EU, which is a political and economic union of 27 countries, is actively looking for ways to cooperate. On March 13, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen presented countermeasures with plans to tackle the lack of medical supplies and socio-economic effects on member countries. The EU has been a model union based on robust cooperation between countries over a long period of time. So, how are member countries dealing with COVID-19 based on their strong cooperation? We will hear about the role of international unions in the face of a global crisis and the importance of international cooperation from the Ambassador of the EU to Korea, Gerd Hurt Michael Reiterer.