Ly­onch­hen to visit Bel­gium

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Ly­onch­hen Tsh­er­ing Tob­gay will be vis­it­ing Brussels, Bel­gium from 2-5 June 2015 at the in­vi­ta­tion of the Pres­i­dent of the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion, Mr. Jean-Claude Juncker to par­tic­i­pate in the Euro­pean Devel­op­ment Days (EDD). The EDD, which was in­sti­tuted in 2006 by the Euro­pean Union, brings to­gether global stake­hold­ers to de­bate on the cur­rent the­matic global is­sues. Ly­onch­hen Tsh­er­ing Tob­gay will par­tic­i­pate in the high-level panel on “A cli­mate change agree­ment: To­wards Paris and be­yond”.

The visit by Ly­onch­hen to Brussels, the Head­quar­ters of the Euro­pean Union, is a his­toric first by a Prime Min­is­ter of Bhutan. He will have meet­ings with Mr. JeanClaude Jun­bker, Pres­i­dent of the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion, Mr. Don­ald Tusk, Pres­i­dent of the Euro­pean Coun­cil, Mrs Jean Lam­bert, Chair­per­son of the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment Del­e­ga­tion for re­la­tions with the coun­tries of South Asia and Mem­bers of the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment, Mr. Neven Mim­ica, Com­mis­sioner for lnter­na­tional Co­op­er­a­tion and Devel­op­ment, and Mr. Chris­tos Stylian­ides, Com­mis­sioner for Hu­man­i­tar­ian Aid and Cri­sis Man­age­ment to dis­cuss BhutanEuro­pean Union co­op­er­a­tion. Ly­onch­hen will have a bi­lat­eral meet­ing with Mr. Xavier Bet­tel, Prime Min­is­ter of Lux­em­bourg, in what will be the first high-level meet­ing be­tween the two coun­tries, which es­tab­lished diplo­matic re­la­tions in De­cem­ber 2011. The two Prime Min­is­ters will dis­cuss ways and means to fur­ther bi­lat­eral rela- tions be­tween the two coun­tries; Ly­onch­hen will also in­ter­act with other lead­ers who will be par­tic­i­pat­ing in the EDD.

Bhutan and the Euro­pean Union es­tab­lished diplo­matic re­la­tions in Au­gust’1985. The EU has been an im­por­tant devel­op­ment part­ner for Bhutan since 1982 and has ex­tended a cu­mu­la­tive aid of Euro 71.19 mil­lion till the end of the 1Oth Five Year Plan. ln what is the sin­gle largest aid en­dow­ment for Bhutan from the Euro­pean Union, a sum of EURO 42 mil­lion has been al­lo­cated for the pe­riod 2014-2020 un­der a mul­ti­an­nual in­dica­tive pro­gramme.

While in Brussels, Ly­onch­hen will also meet with Bhutan’s Hon­orary Con­suls, rep­re­sen­ta­tives from friend­ship as­so­ci­a­tions/so­ci­eties of Bhutan and Bhutanese cit­i­zens living in Europe. He is also sched­uled to meet with busi­ness in­ter­est groups and in­di­vid­u­als from Bel­gium, the Nether­lands, and Den­mark.

Ly­onch­hen Tsh­er­ing Tob­gay will be ac­com­pa­nied by of­fi­cials from the Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs.

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