Nepal and EU Discuss Politics, Climate Change and Development

Senior Nepalese and European Union officials met in Kathmandu on Wednesday to address a wide range of issues of common concern and reaffirm their commitment to cooperation and partnership. 

The 13th Joint Commission meeting between Nepal and the European Union (EU) focused mostly on the EU’s development support to Kathmandu in the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) for the next six years. 

Officials said the two sides covered a wide variety of matters of common interest while reaffirming their unwavering commitment to collaboration and partnership. 

The two sides addressed cooperation and trade between Nepal and the EU, civil aviation safety, the current political landscape, and partnership in socio-economic development, climate change, and a wide variety of other matters of common concern. 

Foreign Secretary Bharat Raj Poudyal of Nepal co-chaired the meeting with Paola Pampaloni, Deputy Managing Director of the EU External Affairs for Asia and the Pacific. 

Senior officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, and Supplies, the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development, the Ministry of Women, Children, and Senior Citizens, the Ministry of Forest and Environment, the Ministry of Culture, Tourism, and Civil Aviation, and the National Planning Commission made up the Nepalese delegation. 

Pampaloni and two other senior officials from Brussels, Belgium, as well as EU Ambassador to Nepal Nona Deprez and her assistants, made up the EU delegation. 

Because to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the 12th meeting was held virtually. For the previous five years, the meeting has been held every year.