Lyonchhen meets European Union delegation
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.