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Europe Day reception 2015

Speech by Vincent Piket

Head of the EU Office to Hong Kong and Macao

 

Honourable Financial Secretary John Tsang
Honourable Members of the Legislative Council
Mr Song Ruan, Deputy Commissioner of the Foreign Ministry
Distinguished guests, dear friends,
 

Also on behalf of my colleagues from the EU Member States I wish you a warm welcome to the Europe Day reception 2015.

This week the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini paid her first official visit to Asia. She travelled to the Republic of Korea and the People's Republic of China with the aim of strengthening ties with two of the EU's strategic partners in the region.

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Cette semaine, Federica Mogherini, haute représentante de l’Union pour les affaires étrangères et la politique de sécurité, a effectué sa première visite officielle en Asie. Elle s’est rendue en République de Corée et en République populaire de Chine, en vue de renforcer les liens avec ces partenaires stratégiques de l’UE dans la région.

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The event marks the anniversary of the day in 1950 when Robert Schuman, one of the founders of the EU, made his 'Schuman Declaration', outlining a vision to unite separate European states into a single community.

"We are deeply saddened by the news that a helicopter of the Pakistani army carrying foreign diplomats crashed upon landing this morning in Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan. According to information received from the Pakistani Army, four foreigners and two Pakistani citizens were killed, among them the Ambassadors of Norway and the Philippines and the wives of the Indonesian and Malaysian ambassadors. We extend our profound condolences to the families and loved ones of the victims and wish prompt recovery to those injured in the crash.”

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A l'occasion de sa visite au Maroc, le Commissaire européen responsable pour l'Action pour le Climat et l'Energie, Monsieur Miguel Arias CAÑETE, a signé le 7 mai 2015 avec M. Mustapha BAKKOURY, Président de l'Agence
Marocaine pour l'Energie Solaire (MASEN) un nouvel engagement dans la poursuite du plan solaire marocain.

 

The European Union Delegation, the Heads of Mission of Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, The United Kingdom and the Heads of Mission of Canada, of Norway, of Switzerland and of the United States of America issue the following statement in South Sudan:

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