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Asia-Europe Meeting

Asia–Europe Meeting (ASEM)
Members of the ASEM in blue
Establishment 1996
Website
http://www.aseminfoboard.org
Asia–Europe Meeting in 2010, Brussels

The Asia–Europe Meeting (ASEM) was officially established in 1996 at the first summit in Bangkok, Thailand as an exclusively Eurasian forum to enhance relations and various forms of cooperation between the 28 members of the European Union (EU) and its commission, the 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and its secretariat, and the individual countries of China, Japan, and South Korea.[1] A series of enlargements saw India, Mongolia and Pakistan join the meeting in 2008, Australia, New Zealand and Russia in 2010,[2] Bangladesh, Norway, and Switzerland in 2012, and Kazakhstan in 2014.

The main components of the ASEM process rest on the following three so-called pillars:

  • the Political Pillar
  • the Economical Pillar
  • the Social, Cultural and Educational Pillar

In general, the process is considered by the parties involved to be a way of deepening the relations between Asia and Europe at all levels, which is deemed necessary to achieve a more balanced political and economic world order. The process is enhanced by the biennial meetings of heads of state, alternately in Europe and Asia, and biennial meetings of Foreign Ministers as well as political, economic, and socio-cultural meetings and events at various levels.

Members

ASEM currently has 53 partners: 51 countries and two international organizations. The countries are Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burma, Cambodia, China, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Laos, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mongolia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, the United Kingdom and Vietnam, while the European Commission and the ASEAN Secretariat compose the international organizations involved.

Meetings

Summits

The Summits, attended by the heads of state and government of the respective members, have been held in:

  • ASEM 10: 16/17 October 2014, Italy
  • ASEM 09: 05/06 November 2012, Laos
  • ASEM 08: 04/05 October 2010, Belgium
  • ASEM 07: 24/25 October 2008, China
  • ASEM 06: 10/11 September 2006, Finland
  • ASEM 05: 08/09 October 2004, Vietnam
  • ASEM 04: 22-24 September 2002, Denmark
  • ASEM 03: 20/21 October 2000, South Korea
  • ASEM 02: 03/04 April 1998, United Kingdom
  • ASEM 01: 01/02 March 1996, Thailand

Ministerial Meetings

Aside from Summits, Ministerial Meetings are held on foreign affairs, economic, financial, environmental, cultural or educational issues, attended by the relevant government ministers.

Cultural Ministers' Meetings

  • CMM 06: 20/21 October 2014, Netherlands
  • CMM 05: 18/19 September 2012, Indonesia
  • CMM 04: 08-10 September 2010, Poland
  • CMM 03: 21-24 April 2008, Malaysia
  • CMM 02: 06/07 June 2005, France
  • CMM 01: 03 December 2003, China

Environment Ministers' Meetings

  • EnvMM 04: 22/23 May 2012, Mongolia
  • EnvMM 03: 23-26 April 2007, Denmark
  • EnvMM 02: 12/13 October 2003, Italy
  • EnvMM 01: 17 January 2002, China

Finance Ministers’ Meetings

  • FinMM 11: 11/12 September 2014, Italy
  • FinMM 10: 15 October 2012, Thailand
  • FinMM 09: 17/18 April 2010, Spain
  • FinMM 08: 16 June 2008, South Korea
  • FinMM 07: 08/09 April 2006, Austria
  • FinMM 06: 25/26 June 2005, China
  • FinMM 05: 05/06 July 2003, Indonesia
  • FinMM 04: 05/06 July 2002, Denmark
  • FinMM 03: 13/14 January 2001, Japan
  • FinMM 02: 15/16 September 1999, Germany
  • FinMM 01: 19 September 1997, Thailand

Foreign Ministers' Meetings

  • FMM 11: 11/12 November 2013, India
  • FMM 10: 06/07 June 2011, Hungary
  • FMM 09: 25/26 May 2009, Vietnam
  • FMM 08: 28/29 May 2007, Germany
  • FMM 07: 06/07 May 2005, Japan
  • FMM 06: 17/18 April 2004, Ireland
  • FMM 05: 23/24 July 2003, Indonesia
  • FMM 04: 06/07 June 2002, Spain
  • FMM 03: 24/25 May 2001, China
  • FMM 02: 29 March 1999, Germany
  • FMM 01: 15 February 1997, Singapore

Meetings for Ministers of Education

  • MME 04: 12-14 May 2013, Malaysia
  • MME 03: 09/10 May 2011, Denmark
  • MME 02: 14/15 May 2009, Vietnam
  • MME 01: 05/06 May 2008, Germany

Science and Technology Ministers' Meetings

  • STMM 01: 14/15 October 1999, China

Ministerial Conferences

Furthermore, Ministerial Conferences are held when needs arise to discuss specific issues and areas beyond the regular ministerial meetings.

Labour and Employment Ministers’ Conferences

  • LEMC 04: 24-26 October 2012, Vietnam
  • LEMC 03: 12-14 December 2010, Netherlands
  • LEMC 02: 13-15 October 2008, Indonesia
  • LEMC 01: 03 September 2006, Germany

See also

References

  1. ^ Lay Hwee Yeo (2003). Asia and Europe: the development and different dimensions of ASEM. Routledge (UK). ISBN . 
  2. ^ ASEM ministers wrap up ‘productive’ session

External links

  • ASEM InfoBoard, the official information platform of the Asia-Europe Meeting process
  • Introduction to the Asia-Europe Meeting
  • ASEM in Its Tenth Year: Looking Forward, Looking Back
  • Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF)
  • ASEF University Alumni Network (ASEFUAN
  • Asia-Europe Museum Network (ASEMUS)
  • Asia-Europe Classroom Network (AEC-NET)
  • Asia-Europe People's Forum
  • Asia-Europe Institute (AEI)
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