Monday, 25 May 2015 Brussels Belgium
Senior Associate Justice Carpio delivers WPS lecture in Brussels
Friday, 22 May 2015 16:18    Bookmark and Share PDF Print E-mail



Philippine Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio delivered a comprehensive presentation on the South China Sea/West Philippine Sea dispute at the Press Club Brussels on 20 May 2015.

Co-organized by the Philippine Embassy in Brussels and Belgium’s Royal Institute for International Relations (the Egmont Institute), almost 100 participants attended the event, including officials from the Belgian government and the European Union, members of the diplomatic corps, academicians, students, and members of the think tank community and the press.

The Embassy also displayed hi-resolution printouts of historical maps from Philippine, American and Chinese sources which illustrate that Hainan has always been China’s southernmost territory and that, contrary to China’s arguments, its claim over the South China Sea islands and features is fairly recent.

Ambassador Marc Otte, Director General of the Egmont Institute, opened the event, emphasizing the importance of the issue to the international community. Dr Sven Biscop, Director of the Egmont Institute’s Europe and the World Programme, moderated the discussions.

In his remarks, Justice Carpio presented arguments based on the law of the sea, as well as historical and cartographic evidence, to disprove China’s claim of historic rights in the South China Sea/West Philippine Sea and prove that China’s 9-dash line is illegal under international law. He also encouraged the EU to help in convincing China to participate in the arbitration case filed by the Philippines.

A panel of experts, including Dr Michael Reiterer of the European External Action Service, Ms Theresa Fallon of the European Institute of Asian Studies, and Professor Erick Franckx, a Member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration and President of the Department of International and European Law of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Free University of Brussels), weighed in on the issue. The experts agreed on the importance of an international law-based approach to settling the South China Sea/West Philippine Sea dispute. END

Social Security Agreement with Luxembourg signed
Tuesday, 19 May 2015 15:34    Bookmark and Share PDF Print E-mail


The Philippines and Luxembourg signed a Social Security Agreement with Luxembourg last 15 May 2015. Present on the Philippine side was a delegation from the Social Security System led by President and CEO Emilio De Quiros, Jr. alongside H.E. Victoria S. Bataclan, Philippine Ambassador to Belgium and Luxembourg. Signing on the Luxembourg side was Mr. Romain Schneider, Minister of Social Security of Luxembourg.

After the signing, The Embassy of the Philippines in Brussels and the Social Security System jointly held a gathering for the Filipino Community in Luxembourg on the evening of 15 May. Almost 100 members of the Filipino Community in Luxembourg came out and were briefed on the different services of SSS that were most useful to OFWs in Luxembourg, as well as the benefits that the PHL-LUX Social Security Agreement will bring.

In his remarks, SSS President De Quiros expressed to the Filipino Community that the SSS is still very relevant to OFWs as they think of their options for retirement. END

The Ambassador calls on Wallonia Minister-President
Tuesday, 12 May 2015 08:34    Bookmark and Share PDF Print E-mail

Ambassador Bataclan calls on Wallonia Minister-President

Wallonia is eyeing on some ASEAN countries especially the Philippines for business expansion and trade partnership, Minister-President Paul Magnette has revealed to Ambassador Victoria S. Bataclan.  The leader of the French-speaking southern region of Belgium also told Ambassador Bactaclan, who paid him a courtesy call at the Wallonian capital of Namur, that Wallonian businesses are eager to invest more in the Philippines because of its impressive economic turnaround.  "They would like to invest in a very interesting region."  Mr. Magnette also said his office will help organize a big business mission to the Philippines soon, particularly focusing on pharmaceutical, chemical and technology industries.  Wallonia is actively promoting said industries as these are very promising.

Ambassador Bataclan assured Magnette full support from the Philippine Embassy and Mission in Brussels for any Wallonian business organization planning to invest in the Philippines, especially industries that create jobs.  She also encouraged the Wallonian Government to continuously actively support Filipino businessmen who wish to invest in Belgium.

Commercial Counsellor Zafrullah G. Masahud, who accompanied the Ambassador in Namur, briefed Magnette on the opportunities in the Philippines for business organization who are into private partnership infrastructure projects. "The Philippines needs industrial partners, and Wallonia's expertise on port development, airport development and logistics are much welcome."  Magnette acknowledged that there are businessmen who are into partnership with governments, adding that if Philippine companies want to visit Wallonia to explore business opportunities, "We can organize with you."

On March 24 to 29, 2015, eight Wallonian companies participated in the Belgium Trade Mission to the Philippines. These were Extense Pharma, Groupe Autosecurite, IBB Group, Lutosa, Magermans, Mahusaca-Droper, Medex and SNC Hollange.  Wallonia Region makes up 55% of the territory of Belgium and a third of its population. Administratively, Wallonia consists of the provinces of Walloon Brabant, Hainaut, Liège, Luxembourg and Namur. It is also divided into 20 administrative arrondissements and 262 municipalities. Wallonia has companies which are world leaders in their specialized fields, including armaments, glass production, lime and limestone production, cyclotrons and aviation parts.

Ambassador Bataclan reminded Mr. Magnette of the valuable contribution of Filipino migrant workers like nurses and other health professionals in Wallonia.  Magnette acknowledged the expertise of Filipino in medical field.

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