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EU-ASEAN News | August-October 2015

Secretary General of ASEAN, H.E. Le Luong Minh and Ambassador of the European Union (EU) to ASEAN, H.E. Francisco Fontan Pardo

November 8, 2015 Comments (0) ASEAN, EU-ASEAN News

 

Dear Friends,

The EU and ASEAN keep on strengthening their ties – this newsletter will provide you with insights of our latest discussions, as well as our vibrant cooperation activities in the region and beyond.

To start with, I am pleased to inform you about the official launching of the EU Mission to ASEAN in Jakarta on August 8, which is also the ASEAN’s Day, represents another step towards a stronger EU-ASEAN partnership. It was followed by the presentation of my credentials to H.E. Le Luong Minh, Secretary General of ASEAN. This came after an extremely rich summer with solid and substantive deliverables on the EU-ASEAN agenda starting with the Joint Communication adopted by the European Commission on 18 May 2015, “The EU and ASEAN: a Partnership with a Strategic Purpose” and the Conclusions of the Council of the European Union on EU-ASEAN relations, adopted at the Foreign Affairs Council of 22 June 2015, as well as by the outputs of 23rd ASEAN-EU Senior Officials’ Meeting held on 2 July 2015 in Brussels and the successful EU-ASEAN Post-Ministerial Conference organised in Kuala Lumpur in the margins of the ARF Ministerial meeting and attended by HRVP Mogherini.

 In terms of Development Cooperation, I invite you to read the latest highlights of our development support which show case interventions on a wide range of sectors; such as Higher education, Intellectual Property Rights, Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear (CBRN) risk mitigation, Aviation integration, agriculture and food security, border management, Human Rights, etc.

I truly hope that you will enjoy reading this newsletter.

I look forward to keeping you posted on our EU-ASEAN collaboration.

Francisco Fontan PARDO

AMBASSADOR OF THE EUROPEAN UNION TO ASEAN

 


 

 

IN THE NEWS

The EU Mission to ASEAN  

EU envoy presents credentials to ASEAN S.G.

EU-ASEAN Political and Security dialogue

Conclusions of Senior Officials’ Meeting and Post Ministerial Conference  |   Joint Communication to boost EU-ASEAN relations  |   Thailand, new country coordinator for the EU   |   Milan: EU-ASEAN Days intensify economic relations

EU-ASEAN Development Cooperation

Strategic Policy Dialogue enhances ASEAN regional cooperation    |    ASEAN Higher Education Policy Dialogue   |   ASEAN design competition – importance of Intellectual Property Rights   |   Cooperation for chemical/ biological/ radiological/ nuclear risk mitigation    |    ASEAN’s integration efforts in Aviation    |    ASEAN farmers’ organisations get new support from EU    |    EU funds Biodiversity Conservation project in ASEAN    |   EU-ASEAN policy dialogue on human rights    |    EU-ASEAN Border Management and Migration Programme II    |    Narrowing the statistical development gap in ASEAN

 


 

The EU Mission to ASEAN – EU envoy presents credentials to ASEAN S.G.

Jakarta, 17 September. H.E. Francisco Fontan Pardo presented his Letter of Credence – as Ambassador of the European Union (EU) to ASEAN – to the Secretary General of ASEAN, H.E. Le Luong Minh. Ambassador Fontan Pardo is now heading the EU Mission to ASEAN, a newly created Mission exclusively dedicated to strengthen EU-ASEAN relations.

The EU’s decision to open a Diplomatic Mission to ASEAN and to appoint a dedicated Ambassador is an expression of EU’s commitment to further strengthen and elevate its partnership with ASEAN.

For more information please visit here and here.

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Secretary General of ASEAN, H.E. Le Luong Minh and Ambassador of the European Union to ASEAN, H.E. Francisco Fontan Pardo

 


EU-ASEAN Political and Security dialogue

 

Conclusions of Senior Officials’ Meeting and Post Ministerial Conference

Both meetings agreed to intensify efforts towards greater headway in the ASEAN-EU relations, including the possibility of establishing an ASEAN-EU Strategic Partnership embracing all aspects of mutual interest. ASEAN welcomed the interest of the EU in furthering engagement with the region through all ASEAN-led processes. The Meeting appreciated the EU’s commitment to further strengthen ASEAN-EU relations as highlighted in the Joint Communication “The EU and ASEAN: a Partnership with a Strategic Purpose” adopted by the European Commission on 18 May 2015, and the conclusions of the Council of the European Union on EU-ASEAN relations, adopted at the Foreign Affairs Council of 22 June 2015.

 

Joint Communication to boost EU-ASEAN relations

In May 2015 the new Joint Communication “The EU and ASEAN: a partnership with a strategic purpose” has been adopted to boost EU-ASEAN relations and provide a framework for cooperation. The communication includes proposals and commitments.

For more information please visit here.

 

Thailand, new country coordinator for the EU

During the ASEAN Post-Ministerial Conference, on 1st September 2015 Thailand has assumed, based on the principle of rotation, the ASEAN coordinator-ship for the EU for the next 3 years (2015-2018). This comes after the successful conclusion of Vietnam’s mandate for the period 2012-2015. It means that the mission of the Kingdom of Thailand to ASEAN coordinates the EU interactions with ASEAN.

 

Milan: EU-ASEAN Days intensify economic relations

Milan, 29-30 September. In the framework of the Universal Exhibition at EXPO Milano, the EU-ASEAN Days provided a platform to start economic collaboration and further expand on solid economic partnerships. During this event, entrepreneurs and business people could gather information about economic and commercial opportunities related to the Agro-Food sector.

For more information please visit here.

 


EU-ASEAN Development Cooperation

 

Strategic Policy Dialogue enhances ASEAN regional cooperation

Singapore, 2 November. The post-2015 ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response (AADMER) Strategic Policy Dialogue facilitated exchanges between donors/civil society/private sector, the ASEAN Secretariat and the AHA Centre on the implementation of the ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency response. Collaboration on humanitarian affairs is of political importance as it brings together ASEAN as a community.

For more information please visit here.

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 From left to right: Francisco Fontan, EU Ambassador to ASEAN; H.E. Le Luong Minh, current Secretary-General of ASEAN;  Dr. Surin Pitsuwan (former ASEAN SG 2008-2012); H.E. Ambassador Ong Keng Yong (former ASEAN SG 2003-2007; Franck Viault, Head of Cooperation and Muamar Vebry programme manager from EU Delegation Jakarta.

 

ASEAN Higher Education Policy Dialogue

Jakarta, 24 August. The European Union Support to Higher Education in ASEAN Region (SHARE) Project commenced the first in a series of SHARE’s policy dialogues. High-level education officials, academics and researchers from ASEAN Member States attended a two-day event held at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta with the objective to harmonise ASEAN higher education.

For more information please visit: http://www.share-asean.eu

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 Andreas List (EU) launching the 1st series of SHARE's policy dialogue with ASEAN high-level education officials at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta.

 

ASEAN design competition – importance of Intellectual Property Rights

Bangkok, 10 September. The 56th Bangkok Gems and Jewelry Fair was launched with the collaboration of the European Union. During this event, a Creative Design competition followed by an award ceremony took place which aimed to recognise and protect the work and Intellectual Property Rights of creative ASEAN Jewelry designers. As such, the importance of IP in promoting creativity and competition was highlighted.

For more information please visit: www.ecap-project.org

 

Cooperation for chemical/biological/radiological/nuclear risk mitigation

Manila, 10 September. The Republic of the Philippines and the European Union co-chaired an ASEAN Regional Forum on promoting cooperation on chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear risk mitigation. The workshop in Manila brought together 75 participants from ASEAN member states, the EU, Canada, China, India, Japan, Mongolia, New Zealand and the US to improve coordination and preparedness, as well as legal and scientific enforcement. So far, 23 EU-funded projects on such risk mitigation have been effectively implemented and 7 are ongoing in South East Asia.

For more information please visit here.

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Participants to the ASEAN Regional Forum on promoting chemical/ biological/ radiological/ nuclear risk mitigation (from AMS, EU, Canada, China, India, Japan, Mongolia, New Zealand and US)

 

ASEAN’s integration efforts in Aviation

Vientiane, 28-30 July. Dialogue on ASEAN integration in the area of aviation is ongoing with EU support, starting with the July workshop on the development of the ASEAN Air Traffic Management Master Plan. Key areas that facilitate the implementation of the ASEAN Single Aviation Market were discussed. Following this meeting, another workshop on the ASEAN Aviation Regulatory Monitoring System was held in Singapore from 25 to 27 of August. A conference on air traffic management in Yangon is planned on 10 and 11 November with the intention to further intensify cooperation and aviation knowledge sharing between the EU and ASEAN.

For more information please visit: www.aatip.org

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 Participants to the ASEAN's Aviation integration Workshop

 

ASEAN farmers’ organisations get new support from EU

Makati City, 10 September.  The EU and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) are pouring in fresh support (€15 million) to a capacity building programme that is helping to improve the livelihoods and food security situation of smallholder farmers and rural producers in ASEAN countries. The programme will run for 5 years from June 2015.

For more information please visit: http://www.asiapacificfarmersforum.com/

 

EU funds Biodiversity Conservation project in ASEAN

The ASEAN region is home to key major ecosystems hosting globally significant terrestrial and marine biodiversity that include approximately 20% percent of the world’s living species. To protect nature and ensure sustainability, the EU adopted in August the funding decision of the “Biodiversity Conservation and Management of Protected Areas in ASEAN ” project. With a budget of EUR 10 million and duration of 5 years the project is intended to contribute to global sustainability by ensuring ASEAN’s rich biological diversity is conserved and sustainably managed toward enhancing social, economic, and environmental well-being. The project is expected to start early 2016.

For more information please visit here.

 

EU-ASEAN policy dialogue on human rights

Brussels, 19 – 23 October. While it is very much desired and necessary, mainstreaming human rights in all aspects of regional integration proven to be an unfinished endeavour and remain one of the challenging tasks in building a community in the European Union and ASEAN. This deliberation came from the first ASEAN-EU Policy Exchange on Human Rights, with the support of the READI Human Rights Facility. Both EU and ASEAN had mentioned that the policy exchange had been beneficial for their interests and that they intend to increase bilateral and multilateral cooperation to boost respect for human rights.

For more information please visit here.

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Participants of the EU-ASEAN policy dialogue on human rights

 

EU-ASEAN Border Management and Migration Programme II

Jakarta, 20 October. – The EU and ASEAN launched a three-year programme to enhance border management and security across the ASEAN region. Known as the EU-ASEAN Migration and Border Management Programme II (EA-MBMP II), the programme is aimed at improving connectivity through strengthening law enforcement networks and cooperation at main regional transit hubs. The EA-MBMP II is funded by the EU and implemented by INTERPOL.

The launch was followed by the convening of three parallel workshops with the aim to strengthen the capabilities of law enforcement entities to maximally benefit from the Secure Global Police Information System and INTERPOL Secure Cloud through I-24/7 in their daily work; to empower law enforcement officials to address the current migrant smuggling, human trafficking and border management challenges; and to set the framework of the visa research study and select partner from academia that will conduct the study.

For more information please visit here.

 

Narrowing the statistical development gap in ASEAN

Manila, 17 August. The Launching event of the Access to Higher Education Facility at the University of Diliman, Philippines was attended by eight scholars from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam (CLMV). The objective of this facility is to support the strengthening of CLMV countries human resources in statistics, thereby strengthening the ASEAN Community Statistical System (ACSS). The strengthening of the statistical capacity of CLMV countries itself aims at narrowing the statistical development gap in the region.

For more information please visit:  http://compass.asean.org/

 

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