EU-ASEAN News – May 2015

May 27, 2015 Comments (0) ASEAN, EU-ASEAN News

  • SHARE the learning!
  • Intercontinental Civil Protection: ASEAN Study Visit to Europe
  • 2nd High Level Dialogue on Maritime Security Cooperation
  • Successful Quality Review for EU-ASEAN Action on Environment
  • Rising to a New Level - ARISE Plus is here
  • EU talks Climate Change with ASEAN



SHARE the learning!

Jakarta, 6 May. Mr. Colin Crooks, Acting Head of the EU Delegation, and Dr. AKP Mochtan, Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN, officially launched SHARE, the “European Union Support to Higher Education in the ASEAN Region” Programme. SHARE, a new EU flagship programme, supports higher education in ASEAN countries. The EU and a consortium of higher education institutions – led by the British Council – signed an agreement for the implementation of the programme which will run until January 2019.
“With SHARE, we want to share EU experience with ASEAN. We want to help improve standards and quality of Higher Education Institutions in the ASEAN region. The EU is the gold standard in international higher education policy; since we draw on the experience of the Bologna process and the European Higher Education Area. SHARE contributes to the harmonisation of ASEAN higher education standards, supports the mutual recognition of diplomas. Hence, SHARE promotes the mobility of students. 500 SHARE scholarships provide new opportunities for international learning, leading to life changing experiences for ASEAN students” Colin Crooks said.
“SHARE is landmark programme epitomizing the close partnership between ASEAN and the EU. The ASEAN Member States are preparing our citizens to become a skilled and highly qualified workforce in all sectors. Our Higher Education institutions stand out as the key to enhancing the competency and quality of ASEAN human capital” added Dr AKP Mochtan.
The EU Consortium consists of the British Council, Campus France, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), EP-Nuffic, which is the main expertise and service centre for internationalisation in Dutch education, the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA) and the European University Association (EUA).

Intercontinental Civil Protection: ASEAN Study Visit to Europe

Paris and Brussels, 2-8 May. The management of emergencies is more often than not an international affair. Professionals from the ASEAN Secretariat, the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance (AHA Centre) and representatives of the National ASEAN Disaster Management Organisations participated in a study visit to the EU. The European Union, within the ASEAN-EU Emergency Management Programme (AEEMP), hosted the visit, to help ASEAN enhance resilience and disaster management capacities.
The EU is transparent about the set-up and operations of its mechanisms dealing with emergencies and happy to share good practices that contribute to building a better regional emergency management system for ASEAN.
Participants included ASEAN Deputy Secretary General Alicia Dela Rosa Bala, Undersecretary Alexander P. Pama of the Philippine’s Office of Civil Defense, and Said Faisal, AHA Centre Executive Director. The group visited the Crisis Centres of the EU and France, as well as the OECD. They also attended the EU Civil Protection Forum, which helped them connect with the European External Action Service (EEAS), the Directorate General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection, as well as the European Civil Protection Agencies.

2nd High Level Dialogue on Maritime Security Cooperation

Kuala Lumpur, 5-6 May. the 2nd High Level Dialogue (HLD) on Maritime Security Cooperation was jointly organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia and the European External Action Service, hosted by the Maritime Institute of Malaysia and supported by the Regional EU – ASEAN Dialogue Instrument (READI).
The event was attended by high ranking officials and key experts from ASEAN Member States, the EU Institutions and EU Member States. Bearing in mind that maritime security issues are multi-faceted and need to be addressed holistically, the 2nd HLD had an in-depth exchange of views on different aspects of maritime security including enhancing inter-agency cooperation and coordination, investigation of maritime security incidents, enhancing maritime situational awareness, ensuring port security, etc.
The discussions drew on best management practices within the EU as well as lesson learned from the application of the EU Maritime Security Strategy and its Action Plan, EU’s Common Information Sharing Environment (CISE) and the CRIMARIO programme. The 2nd HLD also discussed practical measures to tackle transnational organised crime (TOC), securing port security including enhanced containers security, as well as capacity building. The 2nd HLD realised the potential benefit that could be derived by ASEAN as well as the EU through closer dialogue and cooperation in maritime security. Accordingly, the HLD could be a catalyst in identifying actionable and concrete activities in the future which would contribute positively towards deepening ASEAN –EU relations.

Successful Quality Review for EU-ASEAN Action on Environment

Brussels, 9 April. Two EU-ASEAN proposed actions to support ASEAN in addressing climate change and to support ASEAN biodiversity protection successfully passed the quality review, a mandatory step in the project design and approval process of the European Commission.
The first project called Sustainable Use of Peatland and Haze Mitigation in ASEAN (SUPA), worth EUR 20 million (EU foreseen contribution), seeks to support ASEAN in promoting the sustainable management of peatland in the ASEAN region through collective actions and to enhance cooperation to support and sustain local livelihoods, reduce the risk of fire and associated haze and contribute to global environmental management. The project will be implemented in collaboration with German cooperation (EUR 4 million separate additional funding) and German Technical Cooperation (GIZ) to strengthen overall institutional framework and a Call for Proposals targeting Non-Governmental Organisations to strengthen community’s organisation. It will include pilot sustainable management and use of peatland actions on the ground. The sustainable management of ASEAN peatland is key to combat climate change as their global annual emissions (from degraded or drained peatland) are equivalent to 5% of the world’s global emissions, or equivalent to the emissions of Germany, UK and France altogether!
The second project called Biodiversity Conservation and Management of Protected Areas in ASEAN (BCAMP), EUR 10 million, aims at enhancing conservation of biodiversity and effective management of protected areas in Southeast Asia, notably the ASEAN Heritage Parks’ network, to halt or significantly reduce biodiversity loss. The project shall be implemented through direct funding to ASEAN Centre of Biodiversity (ACB) complemented by technical assistance.
Both projects will be submitted to the Development Cooperation Instrument (DCI) Committee during the summer for final endorsement (funding decision) and Financing Agreements can be prepared soon after.

Rising to a New Level – ARISE Plus is here

Jakarta, 11 May 2015. The EU Delegation in Jakarta and ASEAN Secretariat welcomed three experts who will assist in the formulation of a large, new EU programme: the comprehensive support for ASEAN Connectivity through Sustainable and Inclusive Economic Integration and Trade. This new programme – ARISE Plus – builds on the widely acclaimed achievements of the ongoing ARISE programme. The EU experts in charge of the new ARISE Plus programme are also tasked to undertake the mid-term evaluation of ARISE.
The experts are to consult with the ASEAN Secretariat and donors to ASEAN, as well as to help defining programme activities in each targeted ASEAN Member State.

EU talks Climate Change with ASEAN

Vientiane, 12 May 2015. The 3rd EU-ASEAN Dialogue on Climate Change will take place in Bangkok on 3rd July, in the margins of the regional ASEAN Climate Change Forum –co-funded by France and the EU on 1-3 July in the Asia Institute of Technology (Bangkok) and prepare the ground for the global Climate Conference in Paris later this year. In preparing these events, Franck Viault, Head of the cooperation section of the EU Delegation Jakarta, and Laura Tardy from the French Embassy in Jakarta, met with the ASEAN Working Group on Climate Change, to prepare the agenda for the important forthcoming dialogues. 

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