In the last few months once again a number of exciting EU-ASEAN activities took place, an update of which I am happy to share with you in this newsletter.
In January, I was delighted to pay a courtesy call to the new Secretary-General of ASEAN Lim Jock Hoi, who started in his new position on 1st January 2018 and to host a luncheon with the Secretary-General and EU Heads of Mission later that month. A warm welcome was also extended to the new Deputy Secretary General for Political and Security Affairs Hoang Anh Tuan, and the new Deputy Secretary General for ASEAN Economic Community, Dr Aladdin D. Rillo.
In January, we also held the 25th EU-ASEAN Joint Cooperation Committee, the annual framework to recap the past year and set the stage for the next year of EU-ASEAN relations.
In March, EU Trade Commissioner Malmström visited Singapore for the 16th AEM-EU Trade Commissioner Consultations and to advance trade and investment relations between the EU and ASEAN.
In April we were proud to officially launch two of our new flagship programmes ARISE Plus and EREADI at the ASEAN Secretariat and we had the honour to welcome European Parliament delegations of the Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET) and of the Parliament’s Interparliamentary Delegation for Relations with Southeast Asia (DASE).
Finally, the EU Mission to ASEAN, together with the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity and the ASEAN Secretariat presented awards to ten winners of the EU-ASEAN Youth Video Competition #MyNatureMyHero.
I hope you enjoy reading about these and many other highlights of our cooperation on the following pages.
I. Highlights of EU-ASEAN Political-Security Cooperation
EU Ambassador to ASEAN Paid a Courtesy Call to New ASEAN Secretary General Lim Jock Hoi
EU Co-Chaired ARF Workshop on Enhancing Regional Maritime Law Enforcement Cooperation
25th Meeting of the ASEAN-EU Joint Cooperation Committee
EU Mission to ASEAN Hosted HoMs Luncheon with New ASEAN Secretary General Lim Jock Hoi
Anniversary Celebration of the European Union Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Risk Mitigation Centres of Excellence
EU Ambassador to ASEAN Paid a Courtesy Call to New Deputy Secretary General for Political and Security Affairs Hoang Anh Tuan
EU Co-Chaired the ARF ISM Meeting on Maritime Security
EU Ambassador to ASEAN Paid a Courtesy Call to New Deputy Secretary General for ASEAN Economic Community, Dr. Aladdin D. Rillo
EU Participated in the First ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) ISM on ICT Security
EU at the ASEAN Regional Forum Inter-Sessional Support Group (ISG) on Confidence Building Measures and Preventive Diplomacy
II. Highlights of EU-ASEAN Economic Cooperation
Commissioner Malmström Visits Singapore to Advance EU Economic Ties with South East Asia
EU and ASEAN Launch Flagship Programmes E-READI and ARISE Plus
EUIPO Marks World Intellectual Property Day 2018 in Southeast Asia
European Parliament Delegation Visits ASEAN
III. Highlights of EU-ASEAN Socio-Cultural Cooperation
European Expert Specialised Workshop on CTS and Handbook
National Workshop on QF and QA for Lao PDR
ASEAN-European Expert Working Group Meeting on QA and QF
6th SHARE CTS Capacity Building Workshop in Myanmar
SHARE Convenes Its Third Project Steering Committee
2nd BCAMP Inception Meeting in Bangkok
EU-ASEAN Projects Present Activities at “Europe Day” Celebrations
Award Ceremony of EU-ASEAN Youth Video Competition #MyNatureMyHero
EU Launches First Strategy Report on Biodiversity in Asia