The 13th meeting of the Joint Commission between Nepal and the European Union (EU) concluded in Kathmandu on Wednesday, discussing a wide range of matters of mutual interests and renewing firm commitment to cooperation and partnership
The meeting mainly focused on the EU’s development assistance to Nepal in the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) for the next 6 years.
The meeting also discussed about cooperation and trade between Nepal and the EU, civil aviation safety, contemporary political scenario, and partnership in socio-economic development, climate change among others and a wide range of issues of mutual interests, according to Foreign Ministry here.
Nepali delegation leader Foreign Secretary Bharat Raj Paudyal co-chaired the meeting with Deputy Managing Director of the EU External Affairs for Asia and the Pacific, Paola Pampaloni.
The Nepali delegation comprised senior officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Supplies; Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development, Ministry of Women, Children and Senior Citizens, Ministry of Forest and Environment, Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation and the National Planning Commission.
The EU delegation consisted of Pampaloni and two others senior officials from Brussels, Belgium and EU Ambassador to Nepal Nona Deprez and her aides.
The 12th meeting was held virtually last year due to COVID-19 pandemic. The meeting has been taking place every year fore the past five years.