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May 28, 1997

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Trip to France, Netherlands, and the United Kingdom

Today, Wednesday, May 28, President Clinton spends his day in The Hague, the Netherlands, participating in the semiannual U.S.-EU Summit and commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Marshall Plan. Major events of the President's day include:

U.S.-EU Summit
Luncheon Hosted by Queen Beatrix
Marshall Plan 50th Anniversary Event
"Thank You America" Celebration
U.S. Embassy Staff Meet and Greet

U.S.-EU Summit

President Clinton joins Dutch Prime Minister Kok, EU Commission President Santer and other European leaders at the first semiannual U.S.-EU Summit of 1997. An important purpose of the summit is to affirm the U.S. commitment to work with the European Union in the building of a New Atlantic Community of democratic nations and the U.S. willingness to engage the EU as a full partner in promoting global peace and prosperity. It is also an opportunity for the U.S. to review its cooperative efforts on a variety of global issues including integrating Central and Eastern Europe into the rest of the continent to promote a stable and prosperous Europe, reconciliation and reconstruction in Bosnia, EU participation on the Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization's (KEDO) board, international law enforcement and international narcotics interdiction.

Luncheon Hosted by Queen Beatrix

President Clinton will attend a luncheon at Noordeinde Palace hosted by Queen Beatrix and attended by many leaders from the Organization on Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). Before the luncheon, President Clinton and Queen Beatrix will exchange toasts. During his toast, President Clinton will thank Queen Beatrix and Prime Minister Wim Kok for their hospitality and their active support for a stronger, more stable, and more democratic future for Europe.

Marshall Plan 50th Anniversary Event

President Clinton will offer remarks to commemorate George Marshall and the 50th anniversary of the Marshall Plan. The Marshall Plan was an historic declaration of U.S. commitment to European security, a commitment which the United States still maintains and will continue to maintain in the future. American engagement in Europe brought the continent together through military alliances for enhanced security, open markets for increased prosperity, and democratic institutions for increased stability. By extending security, democracy and market economics to Central and Eastern Europe, the United States has the opportunity to complete the vision of the post-World War II generation -- and to set a strong, secure foundation for the 21st century. To commemorate the anniversary, the U.S. and the EU are inaugurating a "Spirit of the Marshall Plan" award to be given to communities in Central and Eastern Europe and the Newly Independent States for their outstanding achievements in the field of democracy and civil society.

"Thank You America" Celebration

After his remarks at the Marshall Commemoration, President Clinton will travel to Rotterdam, Netherlands. There, President Clinton will make remarks before a crowd of Dutch citizens and Americans living in the Netherlands on what they have declared to be "Thank You America" day. The Dutch government has extended invitations to the celebration to all Americans living in the Netherlands. Upon the conclusion of his remarks, the President will unveil a bust of George Marshall.

U.S Embassy Staff Meet and Greet

President Clinton will meet with U.S. Embassy staff and families in The Hague at the Noordeinde Palace Courtyard. Following an introduction by Ambassador Terry Dornbush the President will deliver brief remarks.

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