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Marcos presses for a PH-Belgium action plan as he meets with King Philippe.

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In a meeting with King Philippe of Belgium on Tuesday (Brussels time), President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. expressed his desire to push for a new Philippines-Belgium Joint Plan of Action for 2023 to 2027.

The Office of the President (OP) reported that Marcos thanked the monarch for 76 years of robust and positive bilateral ties between Belgium and the Philippines on its official Facebook page.

According to the Office of the President’s official Facebook page, “The President used the occasion to announce his intention to pursue a strategic engagement with Belgium and to sign a new Philippines-Belgium Joint Plan of Action for 2023 to 2027 that will further strengthen PH-Belgium ties and pave the way for discussions on regional and global issues of mutual interest.”

According to Marcos, the four-year strategic plan intends to ensure that the post-pandemic Philippine economy continues to recover through cooperation between the two nations.

Along with other topics, he and the King talked about advancing the welfare of Filipino workers in Belgium.

“Deeper contacts and cooperation in numerous domains, including the enhancement of the welfare of OFWs here in Belgium, is what we discussed in our conversation with his Majesty King Philippe,” he said.

Against the backdrop of his participation in the Commemorative Summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and the European Union (ASEAN-EU), Marcos was given an audience with the King.

He earlier expressed gratitude to the Filipino population in Belgium for contributing greatly to the improvement of ties between the two countries.

Based on shared beliefs, the same interests, and the positive reputation that Filipinos have established not only here in Europe but throughout the world, our friendship has remained strong and lively.

At his meeting with the Filipino community at the Event Lounge in Brussels, Belgium, he said, “And you have played a significant part in that aspect. At malaki po ang itinulong ninyo diyan.”

Along with King Philippe, Marcos is scheduled to meet separately with the heads of Belgium, Estonia, the Czech Republic, Spain, Denmark, Germany, Poland, Finland, the Netherlands, and the European Union in ten separate sessions.

In a meeting with Francisco Gargiulo, CEO of the International Maritime Employers’ Council (IMEC), and other business executives, leaders of European shipping companies, and representatives of shipowner associations earlier in the day, Marcos issued an order to establish an advisory board to address issues raised by the EU regarding the Philippine system for seafarers’ education, training, and certification.

In his closing remarks at the 10th ASEAN-EU Business Summit, Marcos also emphasized the necessity of a free trade agreement (FTA) between the ASEAN and the EU while emphasizing initiatives for economic cooperation.

During the AEAN-EU working luncheon with EU leaders and businesspeople, he asked for “further progress” in the commitment of wealthy nations to establish a “loss and damage” fund to support poorer countries adversely harmed by climate change.

During their discussion in the Europa Building, home of the European Council and the Council of the European Union, he also received a commitment of collaboration from European Council President Charles Michel in a variety of sectors, including trade and the prevention of climate change.

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