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European Summer Academy students visit Brussels PE
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Brussels, 10 August 2015. --- Some 40 Japanese, Korean and Belgian international politics students visited the Embassy last August 7 as part of the activities of the European Summer Academy of Otzenhausen (Germany) to learn more about the Philippines' engagement with the European Union.

As requested by the students' professors, Ambassador Victoria S. Bataclan delivered a presentation/briefing on the "Regional Integration and Cooperation - the EU and Asia in 2015," specifically outlining the Philippine involvement in EU programmes and other ASEAN and  international organization issues followed by a discussion of issues confronting the Philippines and the EU, the Asean and the international organizations.  Ambassador Bataclan announced that the Philippines is now a net creditor of the International Monetary Fund and has received very favorable ratings from all credit rating institutions.

The delegation, led by Prof. Sebastian Zeitzmann of the European Academy of Otzenhausen, was composed of 18 Japanese master's students in German and European studies with focus on politics, economics, culture, arts and languages from the University of Tokyo; 10 Korean master's students in politics and international students; and 12 Belgian undergraduate students from the Ghent University.   Prof. Dr. Yuichi Morii of the University of Tokyo, Prof. Thomas Kalinowski of Seoul, Ms. Lisa Fetzer of the European Academy and Dr. Wolfgang Pape of the European Commission accompanied the group.

Mr. Zeitzmann confided that the visit of the participants of the European Spring Academy in May 2014 to Brussels PE left a lasting imprint because of "genuinely warm" reception which the participants then received from Ambassador Bataclan and her team.  Thus, they decided that the European Summer Academy 2015 also experience the hospitality of the Philippine Embassy in Brussels.

The European Summer Academy 2015 runs from 02 to 12 August 2015 and is a collaborative venture of the European Academy of Otzenhausen (EAO), the ASKO Europa-Stiftung (AES) of Saarbrucken, the University of Tokyo, the Ewha Womans University in Seoul, the Centre International de Formation Europeene (CIFE) in Nice, the Europa-Institut of Saarland University, and the University of Ghent in Belgium. The programme includes visits to the ASKO-Europa Foundation, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the European Parliament, and the European Commission.


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Brussels PE conducts 'Akyat Barko' again
Tuesday, 11 August 2015 13:31    Bookmark and Share PDF Print E-mail


Brussels, 10 August 2015. ---  The Overseas Absentee Voting (OAV) registration team of the Philippine Embassy in Brussels registered on August 6, 2015 seafarers of a tanker which was docked and loading oil in the Port of Antwerp, some 60 kilometers north of the Belgian capital.  The activity was able to register 16 seafarers of Norwegian chemical/oil tanker M/T JO Rowan.

Capt. Jose Sales (Class '94, Philippine Merchant Marine Academy), one of the registrants, expressed appreciation for the voters registration exercise as most of the crew members were unaware that they could also vote abroad.  He toured the OAV team members at the vessel's deck, engine room, sick bay, gym, mini hospital and kitchen to provide them better understanding of a Filipino seafarer's life and the vessel's lay-out which will be useful for future ATN purposes.  M/T JO Rowan, 229 meters in overall length, is part of Norwegian tanker fleet JO Tankers which employs all-Filipino crew for all its 18 vessels.

The OAV registration team consisted of Vice Consul Oliver Delfin, Cultural Officer Faith Bautista, Attaché Cherry Briosos and OAV DCM Operator Eric Rubas.  Fr. Jorgedy Bago, Filipino chaplain for seafarers and the Filipino Catholic community in Antwerp, assisted them.  'Akyat Barko' is part of the activities of Brussels PE to bolster its campaign for the overseas voting registration.

The Port of Antwerp is the biggest port in Belgium and the second biggest in Europe, after Rotterdam. In 2012, it handled 14,220 sea trade ships and 57,044 inland barges.


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2nd Regional Consultation on MICIC, Brussels
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 08:11    Bookmark and Share PDF Print E-mail

PH and US Co-Chair in Brussels the 2nd Regional Consultation under MICIC Initiative covering Eastern European and Central Asian Region

Embassy Officials in Brussels joined Secretary Imelda M. Nicolas, Chairperson of the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO), in the 2nd Regional Consultation under the Migrants in Countries (MICIC) Initiative with focus on Eastern Europe and Central Asia.  Held at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Brussels on 23-25 June 2015, the Consultation was co-chaired by the Philippines and the United States, sponsored by the European Commission, and organized by the International Center for Migration and Development (ICMPD).

In his welcome remarks, Mr. Robespierre L. Bolivar, Deputy Chief of Mission of the Philippine Embassy/Mission, said the Philippines has much to contribute in light of the considerable experience it has gained in international migration governance. Mr. John Sammis, Deputy Chief of Mission from the US Mission to the EU, emphasized in his welcome remarks that addressing the needs of migrants in countries in crisis entails a collective responsibility.

During the Plenary Session, Secretary Nicolas presented the outcomes of the 1st Regional Consultation of the MICIC Initiative held in Manila on 23-24 March 2015.  The Consultation covered South, South East and East Asia and the results substantially helped in the discussion covering Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

The Consultation covering Eastern European and Central Region was guided by a draft discussion paper produced with the assistance of the European Union. This draft paper will be improved based on the results of the Consultation. The paper basically focuses on the analysis of migration trends in Eastern Europe and Central Asia and identifies a number of notable practices that have been implemented by the countries in these two regions, often in cooperation with international organizations.  The geographic area covered by the paper includes Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgystan, Moldova, Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkeministan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan which were represented in the Consultation.  France, Luxembourg, Poland and European Union (European Commission and European External Action Service) officials and international organizations (IOM, IMCPD, UNDP and UN-OCHA) representatives attended the Consultation, together with members of the academe, civil society and private sector.

The two-day Consultation was conducted by dividing the participants into working groups covering three Workshop Sessions (Pre-crisis, Emergency and Post-crisis phases). The working groups discussed and analyzed specific sub-themes relevant to the protection of migrants in crises, identified priorities for action as well as gaps and needs in terms of cooperation at national, regional and international levels.  The participants were requested to highlight good practices in their country. Where good practice does not yet exist, they were invited to suggest concrete proposals on how to address the challenges identified.

The MICIC Initiative is a State-led undertaking which seeks to improve the ability and capacity of States and other relevant stakeholders to better manage situations where migrants suddenly ended up in a vulnerable situation in a country in crisis.  While this is the overarching goal, the ultimate aim of the Initiative is to produce a set of voluntary guidelines, principles and best practices, laying out the roles and various levels of responsibility of States (host, origin, neighboring), international organizations, and other stakeholders (i.e. employers, NGOs, etc).

The participants were all praises on the Philippines for its best practices in handling migration crises from pre-crisis stage to post-crisis reintegration. END


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