Filipino Liberals Discuss Free Trade with EU11 October 2012
Representatives Teddy Baguilat, Joselito Mendoza, Jesus Sacdalan, Cesar Sarmiento, Niel Tupas Jr., Isidro Ungab and Mayor Donato Marcos flew to Brussels on October 7 for a four-day meeting with Members of Parliament from the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats of Europe (ALDE) and Liberal International (LI). European Liberal Party (ELDR) President Sir Graham Watson welcomed the group and discussed with them the future of liberalism in Europe while LI President Hans van Baalen greeted them at the European Parliament and introduced them to the work of ALDE.
delegation extensively discussed EU-PHL trade relations and the future of the
Association of South East Asian Nations
(ASEAN) where the Philippines is a member country, with EU Commissioner for
Trade Karel De Gucht. Issues on civil liberties, internet freedom, the economic
crisis and climate change were also debated with MEPs Chris Davies, Wolf Klinz
and Marietje Schaake, and best practices in networking and promoting active
citizenship were shared, amongst others with Hans Stein and Wulf Pabst of FNF
Europe, Wim Vandenbroucke and Jeroen Reijnen of ALDE, Didrik de Schaetzen of
ELDR and Susanne Hartig of the European
Liberal Forum (ELF). Philippine ambassador Vicky Bataclan organised a meeting
with the Philippine community in Belgium.