Strengthening international relations and global cooperation

The European Union (EU) is a unique economic and political union between 27 Member States that has delivered more than six decades of peace, stability, and prosperity for its citizens. Today, the EU represents almost half a billion people, and is the third largest economy in the world. 

The EU as a single economic market represents the largest trade bloc in the world, the largest exporter of manufactured goods and services, and the biggest import market for over 100 countries.

To strengthen the EU’s international leadership, the European External Action Services (EEAS) was created in 2011. With 145 diplomatic representations throughout the world, the EU plays an important role in diplomacy, the promotion of human rights, trade, development and humanitarian aid, and working with multilateral organisations.

In line with its commitment to promoting global solidarity, the EU launched the ‘Team Europe’ package on 8 April 2020 as part of the EU’s response to the global spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. The EU and its Member States have committed to a Team Europe global response package of EUR 38.5 billion to support partner countries’ efforts in fighting the pandemic.

David Sassoli
The President of
the European Parliament
Charles Michel
The President of
the European Council
Ursula von der Leyen
The President of
the European Commission
Josep Borrell
High Representative of the Union for
Foreign Affairs and Security Policy