|ASEAN Ambassadors visit to EP|
26 October 2011 -- Philippine Ambassador to Belgium, Luxembourg and Head of the Philippine Mission to the European Union, Her Excellency Victoria Bataclan, joined the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Brussels Committee - or the ABC, an organization of Ambassadors heading the missions in Brussels of the ten ASEAN member states - for its visit today to the European Parliament (EP) in Strasbourg, France.
This visit, initiated by the current ABC Chair, Vietnamese Ambassador H.E. Pham Sanh Chau, is intended to reaffirm the strong ties that exist between the European Union (EU), through the EP, and ASEAN, through the ABC.
Ambassador Bataclan highlighted the timeliness of this visit "especially at this time that the European Union and ASEAN are moving forward with their integration processes through the implementation of the Lisbon Treaty and the realization of the ASEAN Community 2015, respectively". She added that, "this visit served as an opportunity for both sides to explore possible areas of cooperation towards the realization of each other's organizational goals and targets".
Apart from a call on EP President, Mr. Jerzy Buzek, for a brief photo session, the ABC met with the Mr. Libor Rouček, EP Vice President with special responsibility for relations with Asia, as well as with the EP delegation for relations with ASEAN, led by MEP Dr. Werner Langen. Under the Philippine Chairmanship last year, the ABC had commenced its regular informal dialogue with this EP delegation.
Ambassador Bataclan held separate pull-aside meetings with the MEPs to articulate Philippine government efforts to pursue economic development programs, promote human rights as well as efforts to achieve genuine and lasting peace in Mindanao and other affected areas. She also conveyed the Philippine government's desire for the EU to continue its active engagement in the development aspect of the Mindanao peace process.END.