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Tibetans in Europe meeting in Paris

October 17, 2010

Tibetan Review
October 12, 2010

Some 55 delegates representing Tibetan
communities in 12 European countries will meet
from Oct 15 to 17 in Paris for the 2nd European
Tibetan Congress (ETC). The meeting, which will
be held at the City Hall of the French capital’s
11th district, will explore avenue for future
cooperation among Tibetans living in these
countries on a range of local, Tibetan national and other issues.

Among the keynote speaker will be French
Parliament member and the district mayor Mr
Patrick Bloche and the Dalai Lama’s Brussels
representative Mr Tashi Wangdi. In addition, Mr
Vincent Metten, the EU policy Director at the
International Campaign for Tibet, Brussels, will
make a presentation on the relationship between
the EU and Tibetans living in Europe. Mr Henri
Atlan, Professor of Biophysics at the University
of Paris VI and at the Hebrew University of
Jerusalem, will explore what Tibetans might learn from the Jewish experience.

Regarding the Congress’s agenda, Ms Kalsang
Dolker, 2nd ETC’s Vice-Chairperson and President
of the Tibetan Community in Italy, said Oct 11,
"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."

The congress will also enable candidates to the
ongoing exile Tibetan gubernatorial elections to
explain their positions. Five candidates –
Thubten Wangchen, Choegyal Tenzin, Chungdak
Koren, Wangpo Tethong, and Rigzin Dorje Worpa --
had confirmed their participation by Oct 11.

Mr Thupten Gyatso, President of the Tibetan
Community of France, will chair the congress. The
delegates hail from Austria, Belgium, Denmark,
France, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain and the UK.

The ETC is held biennially with aims to promote
the common interests of Tibetans living in
Europe; educate Tibetans in Europe about the
culture of Democracy and Rule of Law, and
integrate Tibetans living in Europe with the
societies of their respective host countries.
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