On 17 November 2013, José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, went to Ulan Bator, Mongolia, and delivered a speech at the National University of Mongolia (NUM) entitled "EU/Mongolia: Third neighbour and first class partner". He received the degree of Doctor Honoris Causa from the University.
During his stay, he also met with Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj, President of Mongolia, and Norovyn Altankhuyag, Mongolian Prime Minister. It was the first visit of an EU high representative to the country. 2013 has been an important year in the development of EU/Mongolia relations.
Discussions focused on the progress achieved so far in areas as trade, development cooperation, agriculture, research and innovation and political dialogue. Furthermore the leaders exchanged views on regional and global issues. New areas of cooperation were also addressed. The President of the EC reiterated the support of the EU to Mongolia's development through concrete ways to foster cooperation, for instance in the field of education, exchanges and also research and science.
José Manuel Barroso also visited the Gandantegchinlen Monastery and he participated in the opening ceremony of the European Union Film Festival (EUFF).
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