Sunday, September 7, 2014

Top EU Official To Visit Mongolia Next Week

Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, will visit Mongolia from September 7 to 9, the 28-member European bloc said in a statement on Friday.

Vassiliou will hold talks with the Mongolian leadership, including Minister for Foreign Affairs Luvsanvandan Bold, Minister for Education and Science Luvsannyam Gantumur and Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism Tsedevdamba Oyungerel.

The objective of the meetings would be to take stock of relations between the EU and Mongolia, particularly in the areas under the Commissioner's responsibility. Vassiliou will seek to extend the scope of cooperation between the two regions, following the signature of the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA), to cover people-to-people exchanges.

"2014 is a special year for the bilateral relations of EU with Mongolia as we celebrate the 25th anniversary of our cooperation, which started back in 1989. Over the past year we have witnessed a growing interest from both sides to raise the level of our cooperation, including people-to-people exchanges," said Commissioner Vassiliou.

During her talks with Mongolian leaders, Vassiliou is expected to underline the main objective of the PCA - to strengthen, promote and expand EU-Mongolia relations. Particular focus will be placed on the opportunities offered to Mongolian students and researchers through EU programs.

Notably, the European Union and Mongolia launched bilateral relations in 1989, and signed the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement in 2013.

Although there have been no formal dialogue between the EU and Mongolia in the people-to-people area, Mongolia has participated in EU academic and research international cooperation and exchange programs.

by RTT Staff Writer

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