Brussels, 15 November 2013
President Barroso's visit provides fresh impetus to EU- Mongolia bilateral relations
On 17th November 2013, the President of the European Commission, Mr José Manuel Barroso, will visit Mongolia. This will be the first time that Mongolia has ever been visited by a President of the European Commission.
President Barroso will hold talks with Mongolia's President Elbegdorj and Prime Minister Altankhuyag. The President will also be awarded a Doctorate Honoris Causa by the Mongolian National University and will open the 4th edition of the EU Film Festival.
The visit comes at a time when the EU's relationship with Mongolia is expanding. A Partnership and Cooperation Agreement was signed this April by the High Representative Vice-President Catherine Ashton. This sets a legal framework which will enhance political dialogue and promote further economic and sectoral cooperation. In September, the first Joint Committee following the Partnership Cooperation Agreement approval was held between the two sides.
President Barroso said: "I am looking forward to visiting Mongolia to consolidate and expand our growing bilateral relations. We admire the transition made by Mongolia in recent decades into an open and plural democracy. Mongolia's multi-party system, rule of law, fundamental freedoms and impressive growth rates have earned it the respect of the international community. These are the strong pillars on which we will build our future cooperation".