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Bilateral level

The Philippines and EU engage in friendly and constructive political dialogue on issues of common interests: Global issues - terrorism, Iraq, Middle East, WTO, human rights; Regional issues - North Korea's nuclear program, human rights, and developments in the EU; Bilateral - peace process and development cooperation.

The Philippines and the EU hold bilateral dialogue based on political, economic and development cooperation through the periodic Philippines-European Commission Senior Officials' Meeting (SOM).  The SOM reviews the entire spectrum of the Philippines-EU relations and exchanges views on current political and economic developments of bilateral and regional interest. EC hosted the 6th RP-EC SOM in Brussels on 4-5 December 2008.

Regional and Multilateral Level

At the regional and multilateral front, the Philippines deals with the EU through the ASEAN-EU Ministerial Meeting, the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) and the wider  Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM).  These fora, in addition to bilateral exchanges, provide the Philippines the means to raise political, security and economic issues in a wider context.

Inter-Parliamentary Exchanges

There are also regular exchanges between Philippine Senators and Congressmen with the Members of the European Parliament.  These exchanges are conducted via Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Conferences.  EU-AIPO (ASEAN Inter-parliamentary Organization), visits of MEPs to the Philippines, as well as visits of Philippine Senators and Congressmen to the European Parliament.