Ly­onch­hen meets Euro­pean Union del­e­ga­tion

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The Prime Min­is­ter met a del­e­ga­tion from the Euro­pean Union (EU) led by Ms. Maria Castillo Fer­nan­dez, Head of Di­vi­sion of Euro­pean Ex­ter­nal Ac­tion Ser­vice at the Gya­ly­ong Tshogkhang on Fri­day.

Ly­onch­hen said that EU’s as­sis­tance and de­vel­op­ment co­op­er­a­tion has been very sig­nif­i­cant in Bhutan’s in­fra­struc­ture and so­cial de­vel­op­ment. His Ex­cel­lency con­veyed his sin­cere ap­pre­ci­a­tion to EU for their de­ci­sion to in­crease de­vel­op­ment co­op­er­a­tion to Bhutan by three folds. The EU in­creased its as­sis­tance for Bhutan to Euro 42 mil­lion for the pe­riod 2014-2020.

Ms. Fer­nan­dez led the EU del­e­ga­tion for the 6th Bhutan-EU Bi­en­nial Con­sul­ta­tions, which was hosted by Bhutan in Thim­phu. The bi­en­nial con­sul­ta­tions be­tween the two sides pro­vide a for­mal mech­a­nism for high-level talks on a range of is­sues of mu­tual in­ter­ests.

The Euro­pean Union as­sis­tance to Bhutan dates back to 1982, and is fo­cused in the ar­eas of RNR, good gov­er­nance, trade fa­cil­i­ta­tion and eco­nomic ca­pac­ity build­ing. Bhutan es­tab­lished for­mal diplo­matic re­la­tions with the EU in 1985.

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