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Philippines - Belgium Exchange of Visits
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  • Her Excellency President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo visited Belgium on 11-13 September 2006.  She met Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt, President of the Chamber of Representatives Herman De Croo and Senate President Anne-Marie Lizin.  She also met European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and European Parliament President Josep Borrel.
  • His Majesty, King Albert II (who was then Crown Prince), as honorary president of the Belgian Office of Foreign Trade visited the Philippines in 1967 and 1979 when he led trade missions to promote Belgian interests.
  • In 1989, President Corazon C. Aquino made a brief three-hour private visit to Belgium to meet with King Baudouin.
  • President Fidel V. Ramos was the first Philippine President to make an official visit to Belgium in September 1994.
  • HRH Prince Philippe led a Belgian Economic Mission to the Philippines in 1996.
  • In September 1995 and November 1997, the Belgian Minister for Development Cooperation Dr. Reginald Moreels, visited the Philippines.

Following is a list of high-level Philippine officials who visited Belgium since 2002:

18 October 2002

Secretary of Foreign Affairs Blas F. Ople headed a Special Diplomatic Mission composed of Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Secretary Eduardo Ermita, Presidential Adviser on Special Concerns Norberto Gonzales, Chief of the Presidential Management Staff Silveste Afable and Undersecretary Abraham Purugganan.

27-28 January 2003

Secretary Blas F. Ople headed the Philippine Delegation to the 14th ASEAN-EU Ministerial Meeting in Brussels

04-09 May 2003

Former President Fidel V. Ramos visited Brussels and Luxembourg to meet with officials of the European Union, European Commission and Council of the European Union as well as with other government and non-government officials and members of the Filipino community.

7 October 2003

Secretary Estrella F. Alabastro of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) visited Brussels as part of the ASEAN Cogeneration (COGEN) Policy Maker Study tour to 4 EU countries from 5-11 October 2003.

22-23 October 2003

Secretary Corazon Juliano Soliman of the Department of Social Welfare and Development met with Belgian and European officials, as well as with Belgian NGOs and Filipino community leaders in connection with DSWD's Resource Generation Mission.

26-29 November 2003

Representative Mario J. Aguja, Party-List Representative of AKBAYAN Citizen's Action Party attended the Global Conference Forum in Brussels.

3-10 October 2004

Senator Aquilino Q. Pimentel Jr. met with Belgian and EU officials to discuss maritime law and management, federalism, death penalty, absentee voting and the law of the sea.

20-22 October 2004

Secretary Angelo Tomas Reyes of the Department of Interior and Local Government visited Brussels to be one of the keynote speakers of the international conference "EU-ASEAN: Reviving the Partnership"

10 November 2004

Secretary Rene C. Villa of the Department of Land Reform met with Belgian and EU officials to discuss the country's Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) and other related matters.

27-28 January 2005

Secretary of Foreign Affairs Alberto G. Romulo visited Brussels as part of his official working visits to The Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and Norway with Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Quintos-Deles and Presidential Chief of Staff Norberto Gonzales.

3-5 March 2005

Speaker Jose De Venecia, Senator Aquilino Pimentel and Education Secretary Florencio Abad led a delegation to the 3rd International Conference on Federalism held in Belgium. Other officials who attended the Conference were: (a) Dr. Clarita Carlos of the University of the Philippines, (2) Ms. Marietta Goco of the Coalition for Charter Change, (3) Mr. Brian Gonzales of the Council for Asian Liberals and Democrats, (4) former Congressman Antonio Eduardo Nachura, (5) Ms. Carmen Pedrosa of the Philippine Star, (6) Ambassador Preciosa Soliven of the UNESCO National Commission; and (7) former Congressman Reynaldo Teves of the Movement for a Free Philippines.

5-6 October 2005

Former President Fidel V. Ramos visited Brussels upon the invitation of the Hanns Seidel Foundation. He was guest speaker at the Hanns Seidel Foundation Dinner-Roundtable, he met with EU Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner, European Parliament MP Elmar Brok, and other officials from the Council of the EU, the European Parliament the EC Europe AID and DG RELEX offices. He met with International Crisis Group President and CEO, former Australian Foreign Minister Gareth Evans. He also dialogued with leaders and members of the Filipino Community in Belgium.

14-17 March 2006

Secretary of Labor and Employment Patricia A. Sto. Tomas addressed the Conference on Migration and Development which was sponsored by the Government of the Kingdom of Belgium in cooperation with the International Organization for Migration and supported by the European Commission and World Bank. Secretary Sto. Tomas spoke on the topic "Migrant Communities and Development". During the visit, the Secretary also met with members of the Filipino Community in Belgium.

11-13 Sept 2006

Her Excellency President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo made her working visit to the Kingdom of Belgium as part of her European-swing visits. She met Belgian officials to include Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt, President of the Chamber of Representatives Herman De Croo and Senate President Anne-Marie Lizin. She also met European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and European Parliament President Josep Borrel. The President also delivered a policy speech at the prestigious Royal Institute for International Relations (IRRI) attended by ASEAN Ambassadors, diplomatic corps and Belgian and European officials.

October 2006

Arrival of members of the executive and legislative branches of the Philippine government in Belgium. The biggest contingent was led by Congressman Antonio Cuenco, Chairman of the House Foreign Relations Committee, and accompanied by members Miguel Zubiri (3rd district, Bukidnon), Mitos Magsaysay (1st district, Zambales), Benjamin Abalos (Mandaluyong) and consultant Francis Manglapus. Senator Rodolfo Biazon, Senator Aquilino Pimentel, Senator Ana Consuelo "Jamby" Madrigal, and Representative Satur Ocampo also visited Belgium in separate occasions. They met with Belgian and European Commission officials including parliamentarians and discussed with them issues of common interests with the Philippines. National Security Adviser - Secretary Norberto Gonzales also paid a quick visit in Brussels and met with Belgian and EC officials on politico-security matters.

03 November 2006

Former President Fidel V. Ramos attended the semi-annual meeting of the Board of Trustees of the International Crisis Group (ICG) at the Palais d'Egmont on 04-05 November 2006. He was also guest speaker at the luncheon meeting attended by representatives from the European Commission, business sector and media on 03 November 2006. He discussed the proposed ASEAN charter and prospects for closer cooperation between Asia and EU. He also highlighted the need for concerted action to meet the various security threats in the Southeast Asia.

20-21 Feb 2008

Prof. Dr. Miriam Defensor Santiago met with Belgian officials, from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Belgian Senate and the Belgian Chamber of Representatives, to seek the support of the Belgian Government to her candidature for the International Court of Justice (ICJ). She met H.E. Karel De Gucht, Minister of Foreign Affairs, who was accompanied by Mr. Jean-Luc Bodson, Deputy Chief of Cabinet of FM De Gucht, Mr. Paul Rietjens, Director-General for Legal Affairs, and Mr. Christiaan Tanghe, Director for the Asia-Pacific Office of the MFA. Prof. Dr. Santiago also met Mr. Marc van den Reeck, Diplomatic Advisor and Chief of Cabinet of Belgian Justice Minister Jo Vadeurzen, and Madame Marlene Temmerman, Chairperson of the Committee on External Relations and Defense of the Belgian Senate.