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Presentation of Credentials to King Albert II
Tuesday, 20 December 2011 08:39    | Written by Sherwin Toledo    PDF Print E-mail


Brussels, 7 December 2011 - Ambassador Bataclan today conveyed the best wishes of President Benigno S. Aquino III to His Majesty King Albert II during her presentation of credentials at the King's private residence in Chateau de Laeken in Brussels.

The Belgian monarch said he looked forward to strenghthening 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 King Albert II of the Filipino nation's commitment to further advance its relations with Belgium, and updated him on the political and economic situation in the Philippines including the ongoing Mindanao peace process. They also discussed future prospects of bilateral cooperation between the two countries including possibility for Belgium to hire Filipino nurses and medical professionals.PresCred_with_King_Albert_II

The Belgian King expressed interest on how Belgium can help the Philippines in its development and humanitarian efforts. "The Philippines and Belgium share many common interests and enjoy a very solid foundation in their bilateral relations. Our cooperation offer many opportunities to assist each other in achieving progress and development", remarked Ambassador Bataclan.

The Philippine Ambassador and King Albert II assured each other of their respective countries' commitment in advancing cooperation and strengthening relations towards achieving peace, stability and development for their countries and peoples.



Last Updated ( Tuesday, 20 December 2011 09:55 )
Amb. Bataclan meets EU Maritime Officials
Tuesday, 13 December 2011 15:10    | Written by Sherwin Toledo    PDF Print E-mail

Brussels, 2 December 2011 -  Ambassador Victoria S. Bataclan, Head of the Philippine Mission to the European Union (EU) met today Mr. Fotis Karamitsos, Director for Maritime Transport of the European Commission's Directorate General for Mobility and Transport (DGMOVE) and discussed with him Philippine government's efforts in addressing the country's compliance to the Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW Convention).

"The Philippines plays an important role in the global maritime industry as a leading supplier of seafarers.  The fact that big shipping companies continue to hire Filipino seafarers is a positive indication of our seafarers' competence and skills", asserted Ambassador Bataclan.

The EU official revealed that EMSA intends to inspect the maritime schools sometime early next year.  He added that there are still some aspects in the Philippine maritime training that EU needs to verify.  The inspection is basically designed to validate the implementation of measures and the progress made so far as indicated in the Philippine report to DGMOVE submitted in August 2011.

Ambassador Bataclan and Mr. Karamitsos  assured each other of continuing the excellent relations between the Philippines and EU and promised to do their best to resolve the issue in order to prevent negative repercussions to the Filipino seafarers.

Both officials took the opportunity to renew Philippines-EU ties and noted the importance, especially to their economies, of complying to international standards for training and certifying seafarers.

Inspections conducted by EMSA on Philippine maritime schools in 2006 and 2010, revealed a possible non-compliance  by the Philippines of the STCW Convention.  The STCW Convention provides a basis for the EU Member States to recognize certificates of seafarers from non-EU countries.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 20 December 2011 09:56 )
Amb. Bataclan meets EU Official
Thursday, 24 November 2011 12:25    | Written by Sherwin Toledo    PDF Print E-mail

Brussels, 21 November 2011 -   Philippine Ambassador to Belgium, Luxembourg and the European Union H.E. Victoria S. Bataclan today met with Mr. David O'Sullivan, Chief Operating Officer of the European External Action Service (EEAS), the EU's foreign policy office at the EEAS' temporary office at Charlemagne Building, European Commission.

Ambassador Bataclan and Mr. O'Sullivan exchanged views on the current state of Philippines-EU relations. Both officials expressed enthusiasm over the lifting of the UK's "scrutiny reserve" over the Philippines-EU partnership and cooperation agreement (PCA) which means that UK will soon give its concurrence to the agreement.

"Aside from the PCA, we are also looking into the prospects of having a Free Trade Agreement which is strategically important for the Philippines and the EU in terms of expanding their trade and investment cooperation", Ambassador Bataclan remarked.  Mr. O'Sullivan said the FTA would be the next logical step after the PCA and noted the mutual economic benefits that could accrue to the Philippines and the EU if they have an FTA.

Both officials also talked about EU's continuing role in the development aspect of the Mindanao peace process, and EU's assistance for people displaced as a result of the conflict in the region as well as to the victims of natural disasters in the country. Ambassador Bataclan updated Mr. O'Sullivan of the Philippine government's efforts to achieve sustainable peace and development in Mindanao and the ongoing peace talks with the MILF.

The Philippine Ambassador likewise updated the EU official of the developments concerning the Philippine candidature to the International Criminal Court in the person of Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago. She highlighted the fact that EU pushed for the Philippine ratification of the Rome Statute.  Mr. O'Sullivan expressed satisfaction and wished the Philippines success in the ICC candidature.

Both officials ended their meeting with an assurance to continue engaging their offices in pursuit of a more expanded cooperation between the Philippines and the EU.

The EEAS was formally launched on 1 December 2010 and serves as the EU's Foreign Ministry implementing the Union's foreign policy and external representations.  All EU Delegations around the world are being managed by the EEAS.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 24 November 2011 12:32 )
Amb. Bataclan meets EU Air Safety Official
Tuesday, 13 December 2011 15:05    | Written by Sherwin Toledo    PDF Print E-mail

Brussels, 2 December 2011 -  Ambassador Victoria S. Bataclan, Head of the Philippine Mission to the European Union (EU) met today Mr. Matthew Baldwin, Director for Air Transport of the European Commission's Directorate General for Mobility and Transport (DGMOVE) and discussed with him the current EU ban on Philippine air carriers.

"I assured the EU that our civil aviation authority is undertaking the necessary corrective actions to address the safety concerns.  There are serious  implications of the EU ban on our air carriers to the Philippine economy, especially our tourism industry" remarked Ambassador Bataclan.

The Philippine Ambassador also updated Mr. Baldwin of the Philippine government's efforts in addressing the safety concerns of the US Federal Aviation Agency (USFAA) and International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and that their audit inspections in the country may push through early next year.

Mr. Baldwin conveyed EU's concerns for the civil aviation authority to get qualified technical inspectors and personnel and for the agency to fully implement the safety reforms as well as the new civil aviation regulations. EU has previously raised concerns on the issuance of air operators certificates, hiring of technical experts and the significant safety issues of the USFAA and the ICAO.

Ambassador Bataclan and Mr. Baldwin promised to update each other of developments and maintain an open channel of communication  with a view to resolving the issue soonest and for the Philippines to be de-listed from the EU ban on air carriers. Both officials noted the mutual interest of the Philippines and EU in ensuring the safety of air carriers being used by their nationals.

The EU decided to blacklist the Philippines and its air carriers on 19 March 2010 following  inspections conducted by EU experts on the Philippines' conduct of effective operational and certification of air carriers.


Amb. Bataclan welcomes Scholars
Thursday, 17 November 2011 10:19    | Written by Sherwin Toledo    PDF Print E-mail

Philippine Ambassador to Belgium Victoria S. Bataclan (4th from left) and Consul General Marichu B. Mauro (extreme right) welcomed the three Filipino scholars of the Université catholique de Louvain (UCL), who paid their Courtesy Call on the Ambassador on 09 November 2011 at the Philippine Embassy in Brussels.

The three (3) students, namely: Ms. Monica Paragas, Ms. Myla Santiago, and Ms. Jeanie Uy are public health students of the University of the Philippines - Manila who will be receiving academic credits for their study in UCL under the MAHEVA program (Man, Health, Biodiversity in Asia) of the European Union's Erasmus Mundus Action II.  They are the first Filipino recipients of these EU scholarships.

UCL's MAHEVA Coordinator Mme. Claire de Burbure de Wesembeek (3rd from left) also joined the Courtesy Call.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 17 November 2011 10:22 )

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