|Amb. Bataclan presents her credentials to EU|
Brussels, 15 November 2011 - Ambassador Victoria S. Bataclan presented today her credentials to EU President Mr. Herman Van Rompuy at the Justus Lipsius Building, seat of the EU Council headquarters.
Mr. Van Rompuy is the first President of the European Council, a position created under the Lisbon Treaty. He assumed the position in December 2009.
Ambassador Bataclan conveyed the best wishes of President Benigno S. Aquino III for Mr. Van Rompuy's personal well-being and for the prosperity of the European Union.
Mr. Van Rompuy also extended his personal best wishes to President Aquino and to the Filipino people.
Ambassador Bataclan and Mr. Van Rompuy exchanged views on the current state of Philippines-EU relations highlighting the EU's role as a development partner, the signing of the partnership and cooperation framework agreement, proposed negotiations on a free trade agreement, and raised interests and issues such as human rights, migration, maritime training & certification, ban on Philippine air carriers, on-going Philippine peace process, situation in Mindanao and the development and humanitarian assistance extended by the EU for victims of natural disasters in the country and displaced persons in Mindanao.
Mr. Van Rompuy said he looked forward to advancing relations with the Philippines by enhancing the level of cooperation in various fields to contribute positively to the country's overall development.
Ambassador Bataclan assured Mr. Van Rompuy of the Philippines' commitment to further advance its relations with the European Union.