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The EU opens the door to WHO “reform” to make it more transparent after meeting Japan

May 26, 2020

The European Union and Japan expressed their commitment to “reform” international institutions such as the World Health Organization (WHO) to make it more transparent at Tuesday’s video conference of Heads of State or Government.

“We agree to work together to reform some international institutions. WHO is an important organization and an assessment needs to be made to find out what lessons we can learn for the future,” said Council President Charles Michel at a press conference then the meeting, in which the President of the Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, also took part with the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

According to the Belgian politician, it is important to give the institution “clarity” and to learn from the situation with the coronavirus, although in any case it suggests doing this exercise later because the health crisis is still active.

The EU opens the door to WHO “reform” to make it more transparent after meeting JapanThe EU opens the door to WHO “reform” to make it more transparent after meeting Japan

In relation to the coronavirus, WHO has been criticized by powers such as the United States, who have decided to withdraw their contribution to the organization, which accuses it of using China. So far, the EU has expressed its defense against the organization and committed to increasing its contribution after the sudden withdrawal of the United States.