Visite de haut niveau de la Commission européenne au Népal, 1er et 2 juin 2006
DELEGATION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION TO NEPAL
Kathmandu, 31 May 2006
High-level visit from the European Commission to Nepal 1-2 June 2006
Mr. Hervé Jouanjean, Deputy Director General of the Directorate-General for External Relations of the European Commission (EC) will visit Nepal on 1-2 June 2006. This is the first time a European Commission official at Deputy Director-General level undertakes a bilateral visit to Nepal. Mr. Jouanjean already visited Nepal as part of the EU Troika in October 2005. Mr. Jouanjean is due to have meetings with the Nepal Government, civil society and representatives of the international community resident in Nepal. He will be accompanied by Mr. Fransisco da Camera Gomes, Head of the European Commission Delegation to India, Nepal and Bhutan and Ms. Rensje Teerink, Deputy Head of Unit and Desk Officer for Nepal. The Deputy Director General will visit Nepal to assess the recent political developments and to underscore European Commission support for the initiatives taken by the new government towards peace and democracy. The European Commission is committed to providing support to the peace process, democratic and accountable governance, economic growth, and to recapture development opportunities. A press conference will be held in Kathmandu on the last day of the Mr. Jouanjean’s, visit. (Note : The second page contains an Annex) Website : www.delnpl.cec.eu.int
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