New EU envoy assumes post after presenting credentials to P-Noy

February 21, 2011 11:14 pm 

By Gloria Jane Baylon

MANILA, Feb. 21 — The new Ambassador and Head of Delegation of the European Union (EU ) in the Philippines, Guy Ledoux, on Monday formally assumed his post after he presented his Letter of Credentials to President Benigno Aquino III at Malacanang Palace.

He replaced the well-loved and amiable Alistair MacDonald, who was recalled to the EU headquarters in Brussels, Belgium after a three-year stint in Manila.

Among the major and immediate issues Ledoux faces is the soon-to-be-signed EU-Philippines Partnership and Cooperation agreement (PCA), which MacDonald helped steered.

Ambassador Ledoux said PCA’s signing will “strengthen considerably” Philippine-EU bilateral relations as it opens avenues for cooperation and action across the whole spectrum of their relations.

This specifically covers the political domain, trade and investment, justice and security, migration as well as economic and development issues, according to the EU.

The new EU envoy stressed in his Letter of Credentials that he is “enthusiastic about the growing importance of EU-Philippines economic relations, noting that the EU, as the world’s largest market and the world’s largest source of FDI, played its role in supporting the Philippines economic recovery.”

Partial data for 2010 indicate that Philippine exports to the EU expanded by more than 40 per cent broadly returning to pre-crisis levels, while the EU is the second largest export market for the Philippines.

As regards the PCA, Ledoux represents the President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy and European Commission President José Manuel Barroso under the authority of the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton.

The one-year old Lisbon Treaty has enhanced the EU's capacity to operate more effectively and act more cohesively on matters of foreign affairs and security.

Ledoux was born in Strasbourg in France and joined the European Commission in 1990 after earning a PhD in Economics from the University of Montpellier and working for several years as a consultant for the OECD and the World Bank.

In the Commission, he held a number of posts in trade and foreign relations field and has been working in the Asia Department, the Middle East Department and the European Neighborhood Policy Department. He has also been posted abroad in Tunisia and South Korea as deputy Head of Delegation and Head of Office in Taiwan.

Ledoux is married and has two children. (PNA)



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