Ensuring a green and sustainable socio-economic recovery

As strategic partners, the EU and ASEAN share a joint commitment to fostering a fairer, greener, and more sustainable future. The ASEAN region plays a crucial role in enforcing the rules-based international order and in promoting multilateral-based solutions to address global challenges. With a number of new initiatives launched in 2021, the EU aims to increase engagement with the region, to strengthen ties that lay the foundations for a rapid, just and sustainable post-pandemic socio-economic recovery.

The multifaceted EU-ASEAN Strategic Partnership is crucial in implementing the global agenda to support long-term prosperity in the two regions, including the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals, and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

2 June 2021. During his first visit to Jakarta, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy / Vice President of the European Commission, Josep Borrell, met with ASEAN Secretary-General, Dato Lim Jock Hoi, to discuss the deepening of EU-ASEAN relations


E-READI is a demand-driven instrument that supports ASEAN regional integration by strengthening EU-ASEAN networks and exchanging knowledge and experience in policy areas of joint interest. In addition to engaging with policy makers from EU and ASEAN institutions and Member States, it facilitates ongoing and new dialogues with civil society, the private sector, and other relevant stakeholders across various policy areas.

The initiative offers organisational and logistical support to EU-ASEAN meetings, workshops and study visits, which serve to identify common areas of policy dialogues. It can also provide expert studies and analysis in support of sectoral dialogue areas, or other short-term technical assistance.