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The Club de Madrid and the European Commission

The Club de Madrid and the European Commission

January 13, 2011

On Thursday 13 January 2011, European Commissioner for Development and Cooperation Andris Piebalgs, received in Brussels a delegation of the Club of Madrid led by its President Wim Kok, Former Prime Minister of the Netherlands, and composed of Carlos Westendorp, Secretary General, and Nicolas Rougy, Director of the Brussels Office.

Views were exchanged on the projects the Club of Madrid is currently conducting in Haiti and Kyrgyzstan with the financial support of the European Commission (Instrument for Stability) to support the leadership of those countries in the democratic transition process.

The Commissioner recognized the "permanent value" of the Club of Madrid "which is a political and intellectual asset for Europe and the World" due to the "uniqueness of its membership", 80 formers Heads of State and Government for more than 50 different countries around the world.

The objective of this meeting was also to set up the basis for a future closer cooperation with the European Commission services on issues related to governance, democratic transition, development and conflict prevention and management.

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