Friday, 29 April 2016 Brussels Belgium

St. Josse Dinner Event for Binalonan
Tuesday, 26 April 2016 15:33    Bookmark and Share PDF Print E-mail

Ambassador Bataclan Calls for Solidarity at St Josse Dinner Event for Binalonan

Brussels, 25 April 2016. ---    Ambassador Victoria  Bataclan,  Philippine Ambassador to Belgium and Luxembourg and Head of the Philippine Mission to the European Union attended the event "Repas de Solidarite pour les Philippines" (Meals of Solidarity for the Philippines) which was organized by the Commune of Saint-Josse-ten-Noode for Binalonan, Pangasinan on 23 April 2016 at the Crowne Plaza in Brussels, Belgium.

Speaking before 200 Belgian and Filipino friends and benefactors of the commune  including the Association  of Pangasinense in Belgium, Ambassador Bataclan expressed her appreciation to the organizers led by Deputy Mayor for International Relations and Cooperation Mr Eric Jassin Ramdani.  She also thanked the attendees and rallied everyone to ascribe to solidarity for a better world.   She urged the Commune of Saint-Josse and the people of Pangasinan to keep the friendship going and to serve each other and the world.

The dinner-event 'with a mission' featured Asian food and Filipino entertainers John Florencio, pianist and Dennis Astorga, tenor, both based in Paris.

Since 2014, the Commune of Saint-Josse and Binalonan has a 'sister -city agreement' (a cooperation protocol). Officials from both places exchange visits ever year.  Saint-Josse-ten-Noode, with Deputy Mayor Jassin,  supports such projects as Provision of Mobile Stores and the Creation of an Activity Centre/Central Municipal Library in Binalonan.  The two communities continue to explore possible areas of cooperation.


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Brussels PE starts Field Voting for Seafarers
Monday, 18 April 2016 09:16    Bookmark and Share PDF Print E-mail


Belgium, 15 April 2016 ---   The overseas absentee voting team of the Philippine Embassy in Brussels proceeded to the international port of Antwerp on 14 April 2016 to conduct field voting for registered overseas voters - seafarers of vessels presently docked in Antwerp.

The first voter was 31-year old Messman Julius Bingil of the Greek-owned M/T Nedas who proudly stated that this is his second time to participate in the overseas elections.

Capt. Felimon M. Maranan Jr., shipmaster of the Panamanian M/V Santa Helena, joined other crewmembers in expressing disappointment that most of them are unable to vote because they failed to avail of the registration for overseas voting of seafarers which usually happens when they are on board or at sea.

Seafarers Cornelio D. Amit Jr. and Christian V. Gaborro, both oilers of M/V Santa Helena said that they are happy to have been registered when they have renewed their passports with the Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila.

Fr. Jorgedy Bago, Chaplain of Seafarers and of the Filipino Community in Antwerp, and who diligently assists the Overseas Voting team by 'watching out' for incoming vessels with Filipino crew members, said that it's a pity that we can only find 1 or 2 registered voters among several crewmembers but agrees that it's all worth the effort to ensure that every registered voter, including seafarers, gets to exercise their right to vote.

There are 49,339 registered seafarers for purposes of the overseas elections all over the world.

Brussels PE has thus far received 344 mailed ballots and we encourage registered voters in Belgium and Luxembourg to vote.

G7 FMs’ Statement on Maritime Security
Tuesday, 12 April 2016 09:59    Bookmark and Share PDF Print E-mail


12 April 2016

The Philippines welcomes the G7 Foreign Ministers' Statement on Maritime Security, which once again upholds the principles of international law, in particular the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

The Statement, released on April 11 in Hiroshima, Japan, reaffirmed the need to ensure peace, stability, freedom of navigation and overflight, and to adhere to the rule of law in the South China Sea.

The Philippines advocates a peaceful, rules-based approach to the disputes in the South China Sea. In this regard, it welcomes the G7 Ministers' call for all “states to pursue the peaceful management and settlement of maritime disputes in good faith and in accordance with international law, including through applicable internationally recognized legal dispute settlement mechanisms, including arbitration, recognizing that the use of such mechanisms is consistent with the rule of law, and to fully implement any decisions rendered by relevant courts and tribunals which are binding on them, including as provided under UNCLOS.”

The Philippines has announced that it will abide by the Arbitral Tribunal’s ruling, which is binding on parties. The arbitration process is in line with the international rules-based principles that should guide the way forward among parties to manage and resolve the disputes in the South China Sea peacefully.
The Philippines fully shares the G7 Foreign Ministers' “strong opposition to any intimidating, coercive or provocative unilateral actions that could alter the status quo and increase tensions, and urge all states to refrain from such actions as land reclamations including large scale ones, building of outposts, as well as their use for military purposes and to act in accordance with international law including the principles of freedoms of navigation and overflight.”

This underscores the critical importance of ensuring the full and effective implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea, as well as the need for Parties to urgently conclude negotiations on the Code of Conduct.
The Philippines supports the G7's recognition of “maintaining the sea as governed by the rule of law, which is indispensable for international peace and prosperity. END

EU Declaration on Recent Devts in WPS / SCS
Saturday, 12 March 2016 12:40    Bookmark and Share PDF Print E-mail
PH EU initial Horizontal Air Service Agreement
Thursday, 11 February 2016 20:12    Bookmark and Share PDF Print E-mail


10 February 2016 BRUSSELS

Officials of the Embassy of the Philippines and the European Commission met in Brussels on 10 February 2016 to conclude previous discussions between the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) and the Commission on bringing existing bilateral air services agreements between the Republic of the Philippines and EU Member States into conformity with European Union law. The outcome document of these discussions is the Draft Philippines-European Union Agreement on Certain Aspects of Air Services, also known as a PH-EU Horizontal Air Services Agreement (ASA).

The PH-EU Horizontal ASA will remove nationality restrictions in the bilateral air services agreements between the Philippines and EU Member States by recognizing the principle of EU designation. Furthermore, this agreement seeks to harmonize standards and provisions between the Philippines and EU Member States in the fields of safety, taxation of aviation fuel, and compatibility with competition rules.

H.E. Ambassador Victoria S. Bataclan initialled the draft PH-EU Horizontal ASA on behalf of the Philippines, with Mr. Carlos Bermejo Acosta, Head of Unit - International Transport Affairs - DG MOVE, initialling on behalf of the European Union.

The agreement is expected to be signed later this year.



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