Strengthening our interconnected world through culture
by Thomas Wiersing - February 27, 2020 - 12:00am
Turbulent headlines have hugged online news the past few days – from coronavirus, volcanic eruptions, fires, oil price increase to terrorism.
The green deal: The EU’s response to climate change
by Thomas Wiersing - January 30, 2020 - 12:00am
he Taal Volcano eruption and the massive haze in Australia are stark reminders how vulnerable mankind is when nature strikes.
Togetherness – ‘Sama-Sama’
by Thomas Wiersing - December 19, 2019 - 12:00am
During this time of the year people always feel a desire to be close to their loved ones.
ASEAN-EU relations: Moving forward
by Thomas Wiersing - November 21, 2019 - 12:00am
Early this week, I had the pleasure of accompanying our new EU Ambassador to ASEAN, Igor Driesmans, in his discussions with government representatives, legislators, business and think-tanks about the future of ASEAN-EU...
Education matters
by Thomas Wiersing - October 31, 2019 - 12:00am
“We didn’t start the fire, it was always burning since the world’s been turning…”
Rediscovering the Philippines
by Thomas Wiersing - September 21, 2019 - 12:00am
I am somehow the new kid on the block. Well, not really new.
Creating partnerships and convergence to strengthen EU and Phl ties
by Franz Jessen - August 22, 2019 - 12:00am
Four European summers have gone by so quickly as this end of the month, as I am ending my four-year term in the Philippines.
Revisiting Cebu: An economic gateway and a business hub
by Franz Jessen - July 25, 2019 - 12:00am
Following the recent EU visit to Davao City to attend the Davao Investment Conference last month, it is now time to visit Central Visayas with EU Member States Embassies.
Promising trade prospects for EU and Southern Philippines
by Franz Jessen - June 22, 2019 - 12:00am
Since the beginning, the Duterte administration has been vocal about its agenda of rural and regional economic development. And the European Union is one with the Philippine Government in this agenda especially in...
Europe Day 2019
by Franz Jessen - May 16, 2019 - 12:00am
It is a great honour for me to host my 4th and last Europe Day reception in the Philippines.
Promoting energy efficiency in the Philippines
by Franz Jessen - April 18, 2019 - 12:00am
Ever since I became a desk officer for ASEAN and until now that I am ambassador for the EU in Manila, I have been amazed at the number of buildings which mushroomed in Metropolitan Manila.
Copernicus Programme: Easy access alternative technology in the Philippines
by Franz Jessen - March 28, 2019 - 12:00am
The Philippines, as well as all other countries, stands to benefit from reliable monitoring of its natural and urban environment.
After the Plebiscite – what is next for Mindanao and for the EU?
by Franz Jessen - February 21, 2019 - 12:00am
The month of February has been a month loaded with many highlights for the Philippines and for me as the EU Ambassador.
European Union: Prospects and outlook for 2019
by Franz Jessen - January 23, 2019 - 12:00am
The year 2019 began on a high note. What can be more refreshing than meeting with Mr. F. Sionil Jose, the National Artist for literature, and Mr. T Anthony C. Cabangon, publisher of Philippine Business Daily Mirror...
EU-Philippines relations: Achieving milestones in a rapidly changing international context
by Franz Jessen - December 20, 2018 - 12:00am
During the past year many of the traditional beliefs about foreign relations across the world were challenged and questioned.
Upholding the rights of children: Keepers of the next generation
by Franz Jessen - November 22, 2018 - 12:00am
As a doting father to my teenage son Alexander, I have always put a strong focus on children and children’s rights both in my private as well as professional life.
Connectivity and competitiveness: Bridging EU and Asia closer together
by Franz Jessen - October 25, 2018 - 12:00am
Two significant summits with high importance for EU’s relations with the Philippines were held in Brussels and in Manila on 18 October 2018: the 12th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM12) in Brussels and the EU-Philippines...
EU-Philippine relations: Moving a notch higher
by Franz Jessen - September 20, 2018 - 12:00am
While Europe and ASEAN are geographically many miles apart, ASEAN always holds a significant spot in the European Union because of similarities in outlook and objectives.
Working together for peace and development
by Franz Jessen - August 23, 2018 - 12:00am
Through an official EU statement that was released on 27 July 2018, the EU welcomed the passage of the Bangsamoro Organic Law by the Congress of the Philippines and its subsequent signing by President Rodrigo Roa...
EU steps up international cooperation on climate change
by Franz Jessen - June 23, 2018 - 12:00am
The scale of the climate challenges we face today and in the future is clear.
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