EUROPEAN COMMISSION PRESIDENT, JACQUES
European Commission President Jacques Santer
has praised Macau for its "long historical"economic, cultural
and other ties with Europe.|
Mr Santer made the remark during a working visit to Macau on November 2, 1998.
Speaking outside the Macau Governor's official "Santa Sancha" mansion, Mr Santer said the existing strong ties between Macau and the 15-nation European Union were supposed not only to remain unchanged beyond next year's handover but also to "further deepen and strengthen".
Mr Santer visited Macau after an official visit to China and before a brief stay in Hong Kong.
The EU supremo also said there existed much potential to further develop the existing Macau-EU co-operation and trade agreement, the only of its kind in the region. China has already given its green light to the agreement's continued validity beyond Macau's reversion to Chinese rule in December 1999.
"We share the same common values and civilisation," Mr Santer said about Macau's relationship with the EU.
Governor Gen. Vieira said he had briefed Mr Santer on Macau's current transition towards Chinese rule and the furtherance of relations between Macau and the EU. Gen. Vieira said Macau would join the EU's Asia-Invest programme.
Both sides signed a joint communique during the visit, pointing out that the European Commission would soon draft a document on relations between the EU and Macau after next year's handover.
The communique also stated that both sides had agreed on the establishment of an autonomous Macau delegation to the EU in Brussels, apart from the setting-up of a European Law Centre in Macau.
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