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ASEM Summit: Europe and Asia – Global Partners for Global Challenges

Jean-Claude Juncker, President of a European Commission and Donald Tusk, President of a European Council, represented a European Union during a Summit. Heads of State or Government of a 28 EU Member States, Switzerland and Norway, in further to 21 Heads of State or Government from Asian countries, as good as a Secretary General of ASEAN (the Association of Southeast Asian Nations), were also invited. The High Representative of a European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of a European Commission, Federica Mogherini, and a Vice-President of a European Commission for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness, Jyrki Katainen, also participated during a Summit.

“We wish to give a attribute with Asia, that is already really energetic – as illustrated by a countless trade and team-work agreements we have, uninformed impetus“, said President Jean-Claude Juncker at a Summit’s full event this morning. “Only a multilateral proceed will capacitate us to confront tellurian challenges. This is because we echo a joining to support multilateral organisations in all their efforts, including a United Nations and a World Trade Organisation – a World Trade Organisation that we have to remodel together, so that a manners conform improved to a new realities. It is by behaving together that we will be means to safety a universe […], minister to solution conflicts, exterminate poverty, revoke inequalities, […] and that we can improved conduct emigration flows and rise giveaway and satisfactory trade.”

The full remarks of President Juncker at a full event of a ASEM Summit are accessible online.

“What Europe and Asia determine together matters not usually for a dual of us, though for a whole world. Together we paint 55% of tellurian trade, 60% of tellurian population, 65% of tellurian economy and 75% of tellurian tourism; together we paint a genuine tellurian power“, pronounced a High Representative/Vice-President, Federica Mogherini at a Summit’s press conference. “We come out of this two-day Summit with a reinforced tellurian partnership between Europe and Asia. It has authorised us to interpret a tellurian weight into petrify process initiatives – on informal and general security, unfamiliar process issues, meridian change action, giveaway and satisfactory trade, and a digital bulletin to name a few. Together, we can make a genuine disproportion for a world.”

High Representative/Vice-President Mogherini‘s remarks during a press discussion are accessible online.  

A Chair’s Statement, covering a far-reaching operation of areas discussed and focussing on ASEM’s 3 pillars – namely political, mercantile and financial, and amicable and informative – has also been issued.


Sustainable connectivity between Europe and Asia

In his address during a Summit’s full session, President Juncker highlighted a significance of investing in some-more tolerable connectivity between a European Union and Asia. The European Union has this week adopted a new plan on joining Europe and Asia, building on a proposal of a European Commission and a High Representative in September. With financial, environmental, and amicable sustainability during a core of a EU’s proceed to connectivity, a EU’s design is to rise tolerable connectivity networks opposite a digital, transport, appetite and tellurian dimensions, as good as to strengthen partnerships during a bilateral, informal and general levels, in sold to safeguard a rules-based proceed and interoperability of standards.

As a grant to enhancing Euro-Asian connectivity, as good as to denote a outrageous intensity of a relationship, a European Commission has this week launched a ASEM Sustainable Connectivity Portal, charity policymakers, researchers, businesses and other stakeholders comparison a resources of information on a political, mercantile and governmental family between a dual continents. A full press release and factsheet are accessible online. In together to a Summit, a array of events to move Europeans and Asians together are holding place in Belgium, such as a ASEM Cultural Festival, a Young Leaders’ Summit, a Business Forum, a People’s Forum for polite society, a Labour Forum and a Parliamentary Partnership Meeting.


Strengthening EU-Asia shared ties

In a margins of a ASEM Summit, a European Union sealed a array of shared agreements to lower and enhance a family with Singapore and Vietnam respectively.

President Juncker,President Tusk and Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz signed, together with a Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Hsien Long, a EU-Singapore Free Trade Agreement. In a participation of a leaders, EU High Representative/Vice-President, Federica Mogherini and a Minister of Foreign Affairs of Singapore, Vivian Balakrishnan sealed a EU-Singapore Framework Agreement on Partnership and Cooperation and Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström and Mr S Iswaran, Minister for Communications and Information, and Trade Relations of Singapore sealed a EU-Singapore Investment Protection Agreement. These agreements paint a poignant step brazen for a some-more extensive and mutually-beneficial attribute between a EU and Singapore, opening new opportunities for European producers, farmers, use providers and investments, as good as strengthening domestic and sectoral team-work by some-more grave and complete exchanges for instance in environment, meridian change and counter-terrorism. More information is accessible in a dedicated press release and on a website.

The European Union is also stepping adult a family with Vietnam. Earlier this week, a European Commission adopted a EU-Vietnam trade and investment agreements, paving a proceed for their signature and conclusion. The trade agreement will discharge probably all tariffs on products traded between a dual sides. The agreement also includes a strong, legally contracting joining to tolerable development, including a honour of tellurian rights, work rights, environmental insurance and a quarrel opposite meridian change, with an pithy anxiety to a Paris Agreement. Today, a EU and Vietnam sealed a Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade Voluntary Partnership Agreement. The Agreement will assistance urge timberland governance, residence bootleg logging and foster trade in accurate authorised joist products from Vietnam to a EU, and other markets. In further to a accumulation of social, mercantile and environmental advantages compared with improved government of a forestry zone in Vietnam, a chartering will facilitate business for joist traders. More information is accessible online.


EU-ASEAN Leaders’ Meeting

Following a ASEM Summit, a Leaders’ Meeting between a European Union and ASEAN took place. President Jean-Claude Juncker and President Donald Tusk, accompanied by EU High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini represented a European Union, while a Association of Southeast Asian Nations was represented by a Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Hsien Loong, as a nation holding a ASEAN Chairmanship for 2018, a Prime Minister of Thailand, Prayut Chan-o-cha, as a nation that will reason a Chairmanship of ASEAN in 2019, and a ASEAN Secretary General, Lim Jock Hoi.

“The EU’s partnership with ASEAN is founded on common interests opposite many areas. We share common values – in a European Union and in a initial licence of ASEAN – that need to be reputable by all”, pronounced President Juncker at a opening of a Leaders’ Meeting. “Proof of a heated team-work is a array of agreements with Singapore that we have only signed. These, we hope, will be a initial in a prolonged array of such agreements with ASEAN countries, and will eventually outcome in a region-to-region agreement.”

At a Leaders’ Meeting, alongside matters of trade, connectivity and transport, leaders addressed tellurian assent and confidence challenges, including meridian change, non-proliferation, a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action – a Iran chief deal, counter-terrorism, nautical confidence and migration. They concluded to strengthen a EU-ASEAN relationship, in sold to residence tellurian hurdles and to work together to strengthen a rules-based general sequence and multilateralism. A factsheet on EU-ASEAN family is accessible online.


Further Information

12th ASEM Summit website

12th ASEM Summit: Chair’s Statement

Speech by President Jean-Claude Juncker during a full event of a 12th ASEM Summit

Remarks by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini during a press discussion following a 12th ASEM Summit

ASEM Factsheet

ASEM Brochure

Connecting Europe and Asia – a EU’s Strategy Factsheet

EU stairs adult a plan for joining Europe and Asia

Memo explaining a EU’s proceed to joining Europe and Asia

Council Conclusions on “Connecting Europe and Asia – Building blocks for an EU Strategy”

Press release: EU and Singapore forge closer mercantile and domestic ties

Website on a EU-Singapore Free Trade and Investment Protection Agreements

Press release: Commission launches online apparatus to magnitude how good Europe and Asia are connected

Remarks by President Jean-Claude Juncker during a opening of a EU-ASEAN Leaders’ Meeting

Factsheet on EU-ASEAN relations






Article source: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-18-6136_en.htm