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EUROPEAN UNION AND LAO PDR CONCLUDE SEVENTH JOINT COMMITTEE

21 October 2014

The 7th EU-Lao PDR Joint Committee was held in Brussels on 20 October 2014. The Joint Committee was co-chaired by H.E. Ambassador Khouanta PHALIVONG, Director-General at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and by Mr Ugo ASTUTO, Director for South and Southeast Asia at the European External Action Service.Open and constructive discussions were held on a broad range of issues, including political and economic developments in Lao PDR and the EU. The EU side underlined the importance of the full commitment of the Lao PDR to the UN Universal Periodic Review process regarding human rights. Useful exchanges were also held about preparations for negotiation of a voluntary partnership agreement (VPA) on forest law enforcement, governance and trade (FLEGT). Regional matters were discussed with a focus on ASEAN, in particular its connectivity agenda, and the Mekong region. Lao PDR described planning and priorities for its ASEAN chairmanship in 2016. The EU confirmed its support for ASEAN's centrality and itsreadiness to share with ASEAN relevant EU experience regarding regional integration.

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EUROPEAN UNION AND LAO PDR CONCLUDE SEVENTH JOINT COMMITTEE