ACB Press Release: #HeShEu Initiative and First Actions in Synergy with It by the Croatian EU Presidency and the EU Commission
22 April 2020, The Atlantic Club of Bulgaria
On April 7, 2020, in an open letter to European Commission’s President von der Leyen and NATO SG Stoltenberg, a cross-European team of statesmen, leaders and scientists launched the initiative Health Shield Europe, #HeShEu (https://bit.ly/3aZHH7v).
The Initiative calls for the adoption of a holistic Europe—to—World oriented policy aimed at minimizing risks and preventing future relapses of Covid—type epidemics, ant suggests protocols for unified EU—NATO response to them when they occur.
We are pleased to note that the arguments behind one of the HeShEu suggestions — regarding foreign investments — for EU “to critically review the acquisition of national assets in Member States by foreign actors, which could potentially jeopardize their ability to provide sufficient protection for human health, flora and fauna” have been taken into account by the Croatian EU Presidency and the European Commission and a first concrete step is to be taken.
As announced in a Joint Statement by the Croatian Presidency and the European Commission, following the informal meeting of EU Trade Ministers in Brussels, on 16 April 2020 (https://bit.ly/3ct5qgx), Commissioner Hogan will “outline the main features of the Commission’s new export authorisation measure“ and recalls: “Commission’s guidelines on FDI Screening. While the EU remains open for and welcomes investment, we need to know who invests and for what purpose and we must use our investment screening framework to avoid a sell-off of strategic assets.”
The team of the Health Shield Europe Initiative, coordinated from Sofia by The Atlantic Club of Bulgaria (www.Atlantic-Club.org), urges the Croatian EU Presidency, the European Commission and the European Parliament to carefully and with no delay consider the entire HeShEu philosophy and imbed it into a new EU strategy, which to be suggested to the UN as the 18th Sustainable Development Goal declared in the UN system.