Working towards a Strategic Partnership
Through high-level political dialogues, the EU and ASEAN promote shared values and common interests. In 2019, at the 22nd EU-ASEAN Ministerial Meeting, foreign ministers discussed how to enhance EU-ASEAN cooperation to address urgent global challenges such as the environment and climate change and threats to the rules-based multilateral system. They also focused on how to strengthen EU-ASEAN cooperation on connectivity and advance the EU’s trade and investment agenda with the region, as well as regional issues including the South China Sea disputes and the Rohingya crisis. The meeting, co-chaired by the then EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Singapore, Vivian Balakrishnan, also agreed, in principle, to upgrade EU-ASEAN relations to the level of a Strategic Partnership and to hold a high-level dialogue environment and climate change. The second high level dialogue will take place in 2020. In August 2019, the then EU High Representative, participated in the 26th ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF), held in conjunction with the 52nd Foreign Ministers Meeting and the ASEAN Post- Ministerial Conference (PMC) 10+1 Sessions in Bangkok, Thailand. Alongside discussions on enhancing connectivity, including through support to the implementation of ASEAN’s own Master Plan on Connectivity 2025, ministers stressed the need to strengthen the multilateral rules-based system, and the importance of free and open trade.
EU FOREIGN POLICY INSTRUMENTS SUPPORT ACTIONS IN FOREIGN POLICY AND SECURITY PRIORITY AREAS