EU-ASEAN NEWSLETTER 5/2017 (October-December)


February 2, 2018 Comments (0) Indonesia & The EU

Dear Friends,

Concluding a busy year of EU-ASEAN activities, 40 years of relations between EU and ASEAN were celebrated at the highest level with President of the European Council Donald Tusk attending the Commemorative ASEAN-EU Summit in Manila on 14 November 2017. The same day, President Tusk was invited as Guest of the Chair to the East Asia Summit – a first for the EU. The same month, the first High-Level ASEAN-EU Dialogue on Sustainable Development was launched in Bangkok with Commissioner Mimica, focusing on our cooperation to achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals agenda.

Other important bilateral activities included the 4th EU-ASEAN High-Level Dialogue on Maritime Security Co-operation in early October, and the 2nd ASEAN-EU Policy Dialogue on Human Rights in late November.

On the economic front, an EU-ASEAN joint working group met for the first time in October to start discussions on the framework for a possible region-to-region Free Trade Agreement. Meanwhile, the European Aviation Safety Agency opened a regional office in Singapore; and the EU “Copernicus” Earth Observation programme was introduced to the ASEAN Secretariat. We also continued our numerous activities in the field of education through our SHARE programme.

Finally, the ASEAN-EU Youth Forum for Youth Engagement in Food Production and Value Chains was launched at the ASEAN Secretariat. I also would like to highlight that the “My Nature My Hero” video competition is extended until 25 March. At your cameras (or phones)!

Last but not least, as we are starting a new year, I would like to convey to all of you my best wishes of good health, happiness and prosperity for 2018.

Francisco FONTAN


I. Highlights of EU-ASEAN Political-Security Cooperation

President of European Council Donald Tusk attended the ASEAN-EU Commemorative Summit

President of European Council Donald Tusk, Guest of the Chair at East Asia Summit

Inaugural High-Level ASEAN-EU Dialogue on Sustainable Development: Towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

Fourth EU-ASEAN High Level Dialogue on Maritime Security Cooperation held

EU and ASEAN expressed commitment to the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms

SHARE highlighted at the 31ST ASEAN Summit


II. Highlights of EU-ASEAN Economic Cooperation

Annual ASEAN Connectivity Coordination Committee Dialogue Partners Meeting

European Aviation Safety Agency opened a regional office in Singapore

First meeting of the EU-ASEAN FTA Joint Working Group

ASEAN-EU Youth Forum focuses on Agribusiness

Monitoring land and oceans from space: the EU Copernicus Programme

EU Mission to ASEAN in Singapore to meet with EU-ASEAN Business Council, EU Delegation to Singapore.


III. Highlights of EU-ASEAN Socio-Cultural Cooperation

SHARE participated at the 12th ASEAN SOM on Education

SHARE Workshop on the impact of regional quality assurance standards on Higher Education in Cambodia

CLMV Universities to benefit from the ASEAN Community through internationalisation

SHARE publishes 7th Policy Brief

SHARE publishes CLMV Infographic

SHARE publishes its student mobility scheme infographic

“My Nature My Hero” Video Competition: relaunched and extended until 25 March



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