My Europe Day speech that was never held
by Thomas Wiersing - May 27, 2020 - 12:00am
For every Ambassador it is an honour to celebrate his or her country’s National Day in their respective host country.
Fighting COVID-19 is a battle for human rights
by Eamon Gilomore - May 3, 2020 - 12:00am
The COVID-19 crisis is a human rights issue, one of the most global and urgent we have ever seen. This is a struggle by all of humanity, for the right to life, and for the right to health of every person.
We stand together — United in distance
by Thomas Wiersing - April 28, 2020 - 12:00am
Originally I had planned to use my April column to announce a number of events in the Philippines to celebrate our annual ‘Europe Day’ in May.
COVID-19 - let’s stick together
by Thomas Wiersing - March 27, 2020 - 12:00am
Well, of course sticking together is not really meant literally here. But in our mindsets.
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.
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