Visit by EU Troika of Regional Directors Kathmandu, 4-6 October 2005
A senior European Union (EU) Troika will travel to Kathmandu from 4 to 6 October 2005. This will be the second visit to Nepal by an EU Troika. The first was in December 2004 during the Dutch Presidency of the EU.
The Troika is due to have meetings with the government, political parties, civil society and representatives of the international community resident in Nepal.
The Troika will be led by Mr Tom Phillips, Director for South Asia and Afghanistan at the United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office, representing the Presidency of the EU. He will be accompanied by Mr Herve Jouanjean, Deputy Director General, representing the European Commission, Mr Nikolaus Scherk, Director of Asia and Oceana Department, representing the incoming Austrian Presidency of the EU and Mr Michael Swann representing the EU’s High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy.
The Troika, travelling under a mandate from all 25 Member States of the EU, will visit Nepal to assess developments since the last visit and to make known its views on the general political situation. It will also aim to offer public support for those in Nepal working towards the EU’s goal of a sustainable peace based on the principles of a democratic and accountable government.
A press conference will be held on the last day of the visit in Kathmandu. Time to be confirmed in due course.
An EU Troika is made up of representatives from the EU Presidency, the next Member State to hold the Presidency, the European Commission, and the High Representative.
The European Union (EU) brings together the following 25 Member States: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.
The Presidency of the EU rotates every six months. Currently the United Kingdom holds the Presidency. On 1 January 2006 Finland will take-over as local Presidency in Kathmandu on behalf of Austria who will hold the Presidency from 1st January - 30th June 2006.
The following EU Member States have resident representations in Nepal: Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom. There is also a Delegation of the European Commission to Nepal.