Sunday, 24 September 2017 Brussels Belgium
Amb. Manalo talks at a Forum by EIAS
Tuesday, 01 February 2011 10:48    | Written by Sherwin Toledo    PDF Print E-mail
EIAS_website_4Philippine Ambassador Enrique A. Manalo talks on the ASEAN Regional Forum at a Forum organized by the European Institute on Asian Studies in Brussels

 27 January 2011, Brussels, Belgium ---  Ambassador Enrique A. Manalo, Philippine Ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and Head of the Philippine Mission to the European Union, addressed a forum hosted by the European Institute on Asian Studies in Brussels on 26 January 2011. 

The Ambassador's presentation focused on the results of the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) Seminar on Security Implications of Climate Change, which was held in Brussels on 18-19 November 2010.  The Ambassador co-chaired this seminar on behalf of the Philippine Government with Mr. Seamus Gillespie of the European Union's External Action Service.

In his presentation, the Ambassador highlighted the fact that the ARF has an important role to play in addressing the complex and non-traditional security threats posed by climate change as the countries most affected by the recent spate of extreme weather events are in the Asia-Pacific.

He also emphasized the need to strengthen the social, political and legal sciences aspects of the knowledge base, and the need to look deeper into the potential adverse effects of climate change on vulnerable areas such as agriculture, forestry, fisheries, tourism, infrastructure, health, migration and natural resource competition, which in turn, pose non-traditional security threats.

The Ambassador also encouraged more government and think tank cooperation in discussing this issue.EIAS_website_5

Among the approximately 50 participants to the forum were representatives of various Embassies, think tanks, and academic institutions.

 The European Institute for Asian Studies is a Brussels based policy and research think tank, which aims to promote understanding and cooperation between the EU and Asia.  END


Last Updated ( Tuesday, 01 February 2011 11:04 )
Visit to the Port of Antwerp
Monday, 17 January 2011 15:31    | Written by Sherwin Toledo    PDF Print E-mail
Antwerp_1 ASEAN Brussels Committee Visit to the Port of Antwerp

The Philippine Embassy, in its capacity as Chair of the ASEAN Brussels Committee (ABC), arranged for the visit of the ABC Ambassadors to the Antwerp Port on 14 December 2010. Antwerp is the second largest port in Europe for international shipping freight and the seventh largest in the world.

Philippine Ambassador Enrique A. Manalo was joined by the Ambassadors of Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos and Vietnam, as well other representatives from the missions of the ASEAN member-states in Brussels, in participating in this activity. Visit_to_the_Port_-_website_3

The group was welcomed primarily by Mr. Danny Deckers, Senior Advisor to the Port of Antwerp, and by the aldermen (city councilors) of Antwerp City Hall, Mr. Marc Van Peel and    Mr. Guy Lauwers. The visit consisted of a briefing about the Antwerp Port, a boat tour of the Port, and a reception at the Antwerp City Hall.

 "It is apparent that there is a close partnership between the Antwerp Port Authority and the Antwerp City Government towards the common aim of strengthening the Port. Noting the configuration of port cities/municipalities in the Philippines and the nature of our local governments, I believe the Philippine Ports Authority and other relevant entities could benefit from the strategies employed by Antwerp in continuously developing itself", remarked Ambassador Manalo. 

Visit_to_the_Port_-_Website_2This activity, from Antwerp's perspective, was organized mainly with the end goal of increasing investments of foreign/international companies at the Port. For the ABC, it served as an opportunity for networking and for determining prospective exchanges (business/technical exchanges between relevant key players) that could be entered into with Antwerp, taking into consideration each country's own shipping/business requirements and capacities.

Last Updated ( Monday, 17 January 2011 15:49 )
PCA Initialling Ceremony
Tuesday, 27 July 2010 09:12    | Written by Sherwin Toledo    PDF Print E-mail
PCA_InitiallingEU and Philippines Initial Partnership and Cooperation Agreement

25 June 2010 -  The Philippines and the European Union (EU) initialled the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA) in Brussels, Belguim today.

The initialling of the PCA is an important step in establishing a framework agreement that will ensure that RP-EU relations are in tune with the times.

The formal signature of the agreement will follow later in the year, once the necessary procedures are completed by both parties.

The PCA will advance bilateral cooperation, through dialogue and capacity building,  in the areas of politico-security cooperation, human rights, counter-terrorism, trade and investment, development cooperation, education and culture, migration, energy and transport for the mutual benefit of both parties.  The agreement is a reaffirmation of declared Philippine policies on the above issues and reflective of Philippine relations with the EU.

The PCA provides the framework and basis to undertake further agreements, including a free trade agreement in the future.  As presently negotiated, no amendments of existing Philippine laws nor new laws are required for its implementation.

For the past 30 years, the relations between the Philippines and the EU have been guided by a Cooperation Agreement between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and the then European Economic Community (EEC).  The ASEAN-EEC Agreement has served both parties well but the time has come to take the relations to a more comprehensive level.

The Philippines is the second ASEAN country to conclude PCA negotiations with the EU after Indonesia.

The Philippines enjoys vibrant relations with the EU.

It is the Philippines' largest export market and third biggest source of imports.  It is the fourth largest trading partner, accounting for 14 percent of total trade in goods.

The EU is also the largest single investor in the Philippines, accounting for 28 percent of foreign direct investment flows.

It is the country's fourth largest source of development assistance, with substantial cooperation programmes funded both by the EU and by individual Member-States.  The EU has also been a major source of humanitarian assistance, in response to both natural and man-made disasters. END

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 27 July 2010 09:19 )
Tanaw Mindanao
Wednesday, 08 September 2010 08:40    | Written by Sherwin Toledo    PDF Print E-mail

Visual_Arts2TANAW MINDANAO (A Visual Arts Exhibit by Four Mindanaoan Contemporary Artists)

Come and sample the richness of Philippine visual arts in an exhibit by four Filipino contemporary artists. Entitled "Tanaw Mindanao ("Look at Mindanao"), the exhibit is on display from September 9 to October 9, 2010 at the prestigious Brenart International Gallery in Avenue Louise 221, Brussels.

Featuring renowned artists from Mindanao, the exhibit will provide a window to the rich and colorful heritage of the Philippine south.



                                                       Download pdf files

             pdf     Flyer of Tanaw Mindanao        pdf  Background Information of Four Artists                     





Last Updated ( Wednesday, 08 September 2010 13:47 )
Wednesday, 09 June 2010 12:51    | Written by Sherwin Toledo    PDF Print E-mail
RP-EU_PCA Philippines, EU finalized partnership framework agreement

 Brussels, 3 June 2010 -   After over two years of preparation and seven rounds of intense negotiations in Manila and Brussels spanning more than one year, the Philippines and the European Union (EU) have successfully concluded a Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA) that aims to further advance their bilateral cooperation in the areas of politico-security, human rights, counter-terrorism, promoting trade and investment, development cooperation, education and culture, energy, transport and migration.

 Leading the delegation was Philippine Ambassador to the EU, Enrique A. Manalo who spearheaded the two-day negotiations together with European Commission officials led by Mr. James Moran of the External Relations Directorate General.

 Ambassador Manalo expressed satisfaction on the conclusion of PCA negotiations stating that the agreement provides a comprehensive framework that will guide the future directions of RP-EU relations on the basis of mutual benefit. The earlier cooperation agreement signed in 1980 has been deemed outmoded and insufficient to address current challenges and opportunities for RP and EU. There was a mutually recognized need to update that agreement so as to raise the level of cooperation between the two parties in the context of the 21st century.

"I believe the PCA provides an opportunity and basis for RP and EU to work closely together in addressing real challenges such as the global financial crisis, migration, the pursuit of development goals, expanding trade and investment, improving development cooperation, and promoting international peace and security, and human rights", remarked Ambassador Manalo who expressed confidence that the PCA will boost RP relations with its European partners.

 Since 2006 a series of inter-agency consultations were held in Manila to consider a draft agreement proposed by EU. The announcement made by H.E. President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and European Commission President José Barroso at their meeting in Beijing during the ASEM Summit in October 2008, that RP and EU were ready to hold negotiations on a partnership and cooperation agreement, further propelled these consultations and led to the commencement of formal negotiations early last year.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 09 June 2010 13:05 )

Page 4 of 6

Philippine Embassy in Brussels


297 Avenue Moliere, 1050 Brussels

Consular matters: (+32) 02 340 33 73 
Consular matters: (+32) 02 340 33 74

Trunkline: (+32) 02 340 33 77 to 78

Fax Number: (+32) 02 345 64 25
Duty Officer: (+32) 0488 609.177


Trade & Investment Center


Avenue Louise 207, Bte 5B, 1050
Brussels, Belgium View Map
Tel: +32 2 649.44.00 / 649.89.48
Fax: +32 2 649.89.40



Agricultural Office


Tel:  +(32) 02 340 37 90 
Fax: +(32) 02 343 02 69
For more information on the Philippine agricultural sector, please visit the following website:


OV and other Advisories