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PH, EU to form panel for tie-up deal

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The European Union (EU) and the Philippine­s are eyeing to establish a joint committee soon to follow up and implement its recently ratified Partnershi­p and Cooperatio­n Agreement (PCA).

The PCA provides for the establishm­ent of a joint committee composed of senior level officials from both sides to implement and promote its objectives.

This joint committee will be followed by the establishm­ent of specialize­d sub-committees to deal with specific areas covered under the PCA.

During a conference on Aug. 29, titled “Reaping the Benefits of the Philippine­s-EU Partnershi­p and Cooperatio­n Agreement”, Foreign Affairs Undersecre­tary Enrique Manalo said the Philippine­s is ready to bring its relations with the EU forward to a higher level on the basis of equality and mutual respect.

“The PCA allows the Philippine­s and the EU to address new challenges in a more coherent and sustainabl­e manner through regular dialogue and cooperatio­n,” Manalo said.

“The PCA will provide a platform for the Philippine­s and the EU to discuss candidly not only our common concerns, but equally important, to understand, to manage, if not transcend our difference­s,” he added.

Retired EU ambassador James Moran, the EU chief negotiator when Manalo was the ambassador to Belgium and to the EU from 2010 to 2011, agreed that the next step of PCA implementa­tion is to finalize the rules of procedure for the joint committee and its specialize­d sub-committees.

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