On the auspicious date of 26 November 2011, Mongolian Independence Day, members of several voluntary organisations representing Mongolians in Europe met in Brussels, the capital city of Belgium, and founded the Europe-Mongolia Association. Those present included the Mongolian Association in the UK, the Mongolian Cultural Centre in London, the Mongolia-Netherlands “Ulzii” Association, the Portugal-Mongolia Association, the United Association of Mongolians in Sweden, the Europe-Mongolia Knucklebones Association, “Soyombo”, “Ev Negdel”, “Toono”, “Jamuukh” and several other Mongolian Associations in Belgium, representatives of the Tsahim Urtuu NGO and Mr. Paul Van Wouwe, the Honorary Consul of Mongolia in the Flemish Region of Belgium. Other Mongolian associations, such as those in Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic and the Mongolian Cultural Centre in Berlin, which were unable to attend, sent messages of support for the establishment of the Europe-Mongolia Association, and expressed their interest in future cooperation with the Association.
N. Nomun-Erdene, Head of the United Association of Mongolians in Sweden, was elected as the Chairman of the newly established Europe-Mongolia Association. J. Unurmaa, Board Member of the Mongolian Association in the UK and D. Yanjindulam, Head of the Mongolia-Netherlands Association, were both elected as the Deputy Chairs of the Association.
Ts. Adiya, Head of the “Soyombo” Association in Belgium, B. Baatarbat, Head of the Europe-Mongolia Knucklebones Association, I. Budbayar, Director of the Mongolian Cultural Centre in Berlin, S. Biligsaikhan, Head of the “Toono” Association in Belgium, B. Javkhlan, Head of the Portugal-Mongolia Association, Ch. Munkhbayasgalan, Head of the Mongolia-Belgium Association, D. Munkhzul, Head of the Mongolian Association in Belgium, T. Tuvshinbat, Deputy Head of the Mongolian Cultural Centre in London, were elected as board members of the Europe-Mongolia Association. In accordance with the charter of the Association, heads of any Mongolian Association and any voluntary organisation or any candidate, proposed by the head of any Mongolian Association in Europe, may become a board member. The Association members in attendance also decided to form an advisory board to the Association and elected Mr. Paul Van Wouwe, the Honorary Consul of Mongolia in the Flemish Region of Belgium, and D. Tserenbat, Head of the Tsahim Urtuu NGO, as advisors.
The Association aims to support activities of the existing Mongolian community organisations and associations, to protect interests of Mongolians in Europe, to promote collaboration amongst them and to cooperate with European nationals and organisations in order to develop and strengthen the cultural and business ties between Europe and Mongolia. Attendees at the 7th Annual Forum on The Development of Mongolia, organised by the Mongolian Association in the UK, had initially discussed the concept of establishing the Europe-Mongolia Association and it was supported by the representatives of Mongolian Associations throughout Europe, including in Germany, the Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Portugal and Sweden. Later, at the First Forum of European Mongolians, organised within the framework of the Beehive Programme in Berlin between 30 September and 1 October, several other associations, cultural centres and medical doctors’ associations in Belgium, Hungary, Czech Republic and Poland supported this initiative, and decided to meet in the city of Brussels of Belgium on 26 November in order to establish the Association.
Members of the newly established Association expressed their sincere gratitude to S. Biligsaikhan, Head of the “Toono” Association in Belgium and Mr. Paul Van Wouwe, the Honorary Consul of Mongolia in the Flemish Region of Belgium, and all those who supported and helped to organise this significant event.
B. Javkhlan, Press Officer of the Europe-Mongolia Association email@example.com
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