As an emerging economy, Malaysia is an important partner for the European Union. Malaysia is the EU's second largest trade partner in the Southeast Asian region, whilst the EU is Malaysia's third largest trading partner. How relations between the two go beyond trade. We speak to H.E. Maria Castillo Fernandez, the ambassador of Delegation of the European Union to Malaysia to explore how the EU has been working with Malaysia in areas such as higher education, human rights, environment and sustainable economic development.