PM to visit Brussels for 13th edition of EDD

Prime Minister Dr. Lotay Tshering will be visiting Brussels, Belgium, from June 18-19 at the invitation of President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker to participate in the 13th edition of the European Development Days (EDD).

The EDD, instituted in 2006 by the European Union (EU), brings together leaders, practitioners, policy and decision-makers to share analysis, shape best practices and map priorities for the future. Lyonchhen will participate in the high level panel, the theme for which is “Addressing inequalities: building a world which leaves no one behind”.

According to the press release from the foreign ministry, the EU for the first time has also included a side event on Bhutan at the EDD 2019 titled “EU-Bhutan Cooperation for Disaster Risk Reduction” to showcase the exemplary and successful relations between Bhutan and the EU as well as acknowledgement of the achievement as partners.

Director General of the Department of Disaster Management Jigme Thinlye Namgyal will represent Bhutan as one of the panelists at the side event.

“At the sidelines of the EDD, Lyonchhen will meet with the leadership of the EU and with leaders from other partner countries participating in the EDD,” states the press release.

Bhutan and the European Union established diplomatic relations in August 1985. The EU has been an important development partner for Bhutan since 1982 and continues to be actively engaged in Bhutan.

EU’s assistance for Bhutan for the 11th Plan was focused in the two sectors of Good Governance and Renewable Natural Resources, with a total funding of Euro 42mn.

Apart from bilateral development assistance, Bhutan also avails opportunities under several other thematic windows of EU funding such as Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA), ERASMUS+ and regional programmes. With an additional Euro 5mn for climate change adaptation and Euro 4mn for trade diversification, the total EU assistance to Bhutan in the current cycle is Euro 51mn.

Tshering from Thimphu