FSM asks EU to establish an office in Micronesia


Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) President David Panuelo has asked the European Union(EU)to establish an office in the Northern Pacific.

In his opening remarks at a joint Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and French Institute of International Relations event Thursday, Panuielo said that he had written to French President Emmanuel Macron.

Last 21 January, “I wrote to Emmanuel Macron, in his capacity as President of the Council of the European Union, to advocate that it is in the Pacific’s interest, as well as Europe’s interest, that the EU expand its office into the Northern Pacific to be based in the FSM.

“I believe that such an office located in the North Pacific would allow the office currently located in Fiji, in the South Pacific, to better focus its efforts there, and also allow for Europe to enjoy expanded coverage in the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of Palau, the Republic of Nauru, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Kiribati.

“You would be welcomed here, and you would find that you are not alone as we have recently seen the opening of a new United Nations Multi-Country Office in our sub-region of Micronesia,” he said.