Committee of Permanent Representatives to ASEAN to pay working visit to Belgium, Germany

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The Committee of Permanent Representatives to ASEAN (CPR); the Secretary-General of ASEAN, Dr Surin Pitsuwan; and the Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for Community and Corporate Affairs, Bagas Hapsoro, would undertake a working visit to Brussels and Berlin from 19 to 23 April 2010, a statement issued by the ASEAN Secretariat said here on Friday.

The ASEAN delegation visit to Brussels and Berlin is a response to the joint invitation of the European Commission and the Federal Republic of Germany.

The visit reflects ASEAN's commitment and desire to promote closer ASEAN-EU cooperation and is part of efforts to implement the Plan of Action to Implement the Nuremberg Declaration on an Enhanced ASEAN-EU Partnership for the period 2007-2012.

The visit follows an initial suggestion proposed by former European Commissioner for External Relations, Ferrero-Waldner, for the CPR and the Secretary-General of ASEAN to meet and interact with their European Union (EU) counterparts in Brussels.

Highlights of activities in Brussels will include meetings between the ASEAN delegation and the EU's Committee of Permanent Representatives (COREPER), as well as representatives of the General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union and the European Commission.

In Berlin, the delegation will meet representatives from the German Bundestag, the German Federal Foreign Office and several political foundations and think-tanks.

Source: Xinhua


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