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Tibetan delegates from 12 European countries will meet in Paris this week to find solutions for future cooperation

October 13, 2010

PRESS RELEASE
Europe Tibetan Congress <europetibetancongress@googlemail.com>
October 11, 2010

Contact person:
Mr. Thupten Gyatso, Mobile: +33 680 729 054
2nd ETC Chairperson & President of Tibetan Community of France

Ms. Kalsang Dolker,  Mobile: +39 3180 1649 / +32 0860 7205
2nd ETC Vice-Chairperson & President of Tibetan Community of Italy

Website: http://europetibetancongress.wordpress.com/

Tibetan delegates from 12 European countries will
meet in Paris this week to find solutions for future cooperation

55 delegates representing Tibetan communities in
12 European countries will meet between 15-17
October in Paris for the 2nd European Tibetan
Congress (ETC). The meeting will be held at the
Official City Hall of the 11th district of Paris.
The Tibetan Prime Minister, Kalon Tripa Samdhong
Rinpoche has sent an official statement to the
delegates of the 2nd ETC. The keynote speakers
are Mr. Tashi Wangdi, Representative of His
Holiness Dalai Lama and the Tibetan Government in
Exile, and French Parliament member and Mayor of
the 11th district of Paris, Mr. Patrick Bloche.
The relationship between EU and Tibetans living
in Europe will be presented by Mr. Vincent
Metten, EU policy Director at ICT, Brussels,
while Mr. Henri Atlan, Professor of Biophysics at
the University of Paris VI and at the Hebrew
University of Jerusalem, will address What
Tibetans can learn from the Jewish experience.

The first item on the program will be a
presentation by the Presidents from each of the
respective 12 countries. "This will be an
important opportunity for Tibetans in Europe to
look back and appraise our progress since the
last meet in 2008, while contemplating how we can
further strenghten our communities" said Thupten
Gyatso, Chairperson of the 2nd ETC and President
of the Tibetan Community of France. During the
two-day meet, the delegates will focus on
solutions to strenghten the tibetan communities
as well as the Tibetan Government in Exile.
"Unity among Tibetan communities in Europe is
vital as a foundation for our work. In the
workshops, we will discuss various topics with a
solution-oriented perspective. One of the topics
is how we can increase cooperation amongst
Tibetan communities living scattered across
Europe" said Kalsang Dolker, 2nd ETC
Vice-Chairperson & President of the Tibetan Community in Italy.

"At the conclusion of the congress, there will be
a public debate on the upcoming general election
of the Tibetan Parliament in Exile. The debate
will provide a platform for the candidates to
clarify their political aspirations and
manifestos for the tibetan community delegates in
Europe. As of now we have already registered five
candidates vying for the two European seats in
Parliament," added Kalsang Dolker. These are
Thubten Wangchen, Choegyal Tenzin, Chungdak
Koren, Wangpo Tethong, and Rigzin Dorje Worpa. In
addition, five persons are making themselves
available for the position. Delegates to the 2nd
ETC represent Tibetan communities in 12 European
countries; Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France,
Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain and United Kingdom.

The ETC is held every two years with the stated
aims to promote the common interests of Tibetans
living in Europe; educate Tibetans in Europe of
the culture of Democracy and Rule of Law; and
integrate Tibetans living in Europe to the
society of their respective country of residency.
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