EU-ASEAN NEWSLETTER (February – April 2016)

May 19, 2016 Comments (0) ASEAN, Development, Economic & Trade, EU-ASEAN News

Dear Friends,

 As the partnership between the EU and ASEAN keeps on evolving, I am pleased to present you our third newsletter, bringing you a selection of highlights in our latest developments, vibrant discussions and cooperation activities in the region and beyond.

We had the pleasure to host the visit of the EU High Representative / Vice-President of the Commission, Federica Mogherini to Jakarta, where she met with the Secretary-General of ASEAN and the Committee of the Permanent Representatives to ASEAN at the ASEAN Secretariat on 9 April.

From the end of February to the end of April, we have been actively engaged in the work of the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) on various topics from cyber-security and preventive diplomacy and mediation to maritime security and illegal fishing. On 21-22 March, the EU co-chaired, for the first time, one of the most important annual meetings under the ARF umbrella – the Inter-Sessional Meeting on Counter-Terrorism and Transnational Crime. Annual ASEAN Economic Ministers’ consultations with the EU Trade Commissioner on 3 March were an important milestone for both partners. Many significant steps have been taken towards strengthening the ASEAN Community Building, such as the establishment of a regional Risk Assessment Centre for Food Safety and two workshops that contribute to the development of the ASEAN Single Aviation Market.

I hope you will enjoy reading about these and many more achievements in our Newsletter.

In May, we will be looking forward to the ARF Senior Officials’ Meeting in Luang Prabang, the 3rd ASEAN-EU Science, Technology and Innovation Days 2016 in Hanoi, and the launch of the very first Blue Book on Development Cooperation between the EU and ASEAN.


Francisco FONTAN


Milestones in ASEAN-EU Relations
I. Highlights of the EU-ASEAN Political and Security Dialogue

·       Counter-Terrorism and Transnational Crime – EU first time co-chairing

·       First ever workshop on small arms law

·       130 participants at the workshop on cyber security

·       Preventive Diplomacy and Early Warning – ARF Workshop and Training in Hanoi

·       Maritime Security – the 8th ARF Inter-Sessional Meeting

·       ARF Defence Officials and ARF Inter-Sessional Group – preparing for the Ministerial

·       Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated fishing: EU shares their approach

·       “Komodo 2016” – the EU, first time at a regional naval exercise in Southeast Asia

·       ASEAN Human Rights bodies – meeting and coordinating regional efforts

·       H.E Mr Francisco Fontan’s visits to ASEAN Member States: Malaysia

II. Highlights of the EU-ASEAN Trade and Investment Relations

·       Stepping stones towards deeper region-to-region engagement

·       ASEAN Economic Community: Economic Ministers meet EU Trade Commissioner

III. Highlights of the EU-ASEAN Partnership in Community Building

·       Improving Food Safety in ASEAN with a new Risk Assessment Centre

·       SHARE: A Platform to discuss Regional Higher Education Policies

·       Scholarships for Bachelor Students – application open

·       Enhancing national accounts’ statistics

·       Workshops that shape the ASEAN Single Aviation Market (ASAM)

·       Biodiversity and sustainable development

·       Farmers’ Organisations on a study tour to Thailand and the Philippines

·       Older people join global campaign to raise awareness of growing prevalence of diabetes

·       Nutrition Security in ASEAN: regional report published

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