By Hannah Torregoza
Some senators are scheduled to go to France for a parliamentary visit, hoping it would help improve the Philippines’ ties with the European Union (EU), Sen. Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito said.
Ejercito said around seven or eight of them, led by Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, would be going on a three- to four-day parliamentary visit beginning June 26.
“It’s a good chance for us to repair our relationship with the EU. Well, we have had problems lately with the EU. France is one of the leaders so somehow we hope to reach out and mend our relationship,” Ejercito said in an interview.
“So hopefully, it would be a very productive visit in France and it would also give us senators the chance to talk about problems and prevailing issues,” Ejercito said.
He also said the meeting would be hosted by the French lawmakers and their participation is merely to reciprocate their visit to the Senate last January.
French senators Gerard Miquel, Bernard Saugey, Jean-Claude Lenoir, and Simon Sutours were part of the France-Southeast Asia Inter-Parliamentary Friendship Group that visited the country last January 9.