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DIIR-Kalon-EU-Committee-2013Dharamshala: - Central Tibetan Administration's Kalon (minister) for the Department of Information and International Relations- Dicki Chhoyang arrived in Brussels on April 14 for an official four day visit.

During her visit the Kalon was invited to the European Parliament to address the swearing in ceremony of the newly elected President of the European Economic and Social Committee of the European Union, Mr. Henri Malosse on April 18.

More than 600 people attended the swearing ceremony, including those from dignitaries and representatives of various public organisations in Europe, Ambassadors and media persons.

In his inaugural speech, Mr Henri Malosse said that he has been inspired by the four prominent figures; Mr. Jean Monnet, one of the founding fathers of the European Union, Ms. Simon Veil, the first female president of the European Parliament, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Nobel laureate and the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people and Mr. Lech Walesa, Nobel laureate and former president of Poland.

Mr Malosse elaborated on his association with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, saying "I have been privileged to meet him twice – thanks to Mario Sepi, in fact. When we met him, the Dalai Lama expressed admiration for the work of Europe's founding fathers and admitted that he had once had similar hopes for Asia. The Dalai Lama and his words should remind us that there are still many people in the world living without freedom: the European project is also an example that gives us a responsibility to convey the values of freedom, democracy and solidarity loudly and clearly across the world, without ever betraying them in the name of so-called realpolitik, which is nothing short of cowardice".

While addressing the European audience, Kalon Dicki Chhoyang thanked the European Economic and Social Committee and Mr Henri Malosse in particular for inviting her to address the gathering. She discussed how important the Central Tibetan Administration's Middle Way policy is in resolving the Tibetan issue and emphasised the validity of continued support and solidarity of the European Union and the people of Europe in this matter.

Kalon Dicki Chhoyang left Brussels on April 20 for Zurich, Switzerland.