Events

EU-ASEAN Young Leaders Forum, 26-27 February 2018

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Background
ASEAN and the EU have a strong partnership, which celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2017. To reflect on 40 Years of official relations so far and to reinvigorate for the future, the EU will host EU-ASEAN Strategic Thinkers Forum (STF) and Young Leaders Forum (YLF) in February 2018.

At the 21st AEMM in Bangkok it was agreed that an EU-ASEAN Forum of Strategic Thinkers would be held. The main task of the forum would be to discuss the possible evolution/ upgrading of EU-ASEAN relations in future. The European Parliament Resolution on political relations with ASEAN (2017/2026 (INI)) suggests that an ASEAN-EU Young Leaders Exchange Programme could be organised, to increase engagement from young stakeholders in the EU-ASEAN relationship. This should allow young leaders from the EU and ASEAN to exchange ideas and build relationships in order to support EU-ASEAN relations in the future. This concept note puts forward the idea that the two should be held together.
Representatives from ASEAN and the EU would meet in both forums to discuss the partnership of the two organisations and enhancing cooperation: this is also reflected in the recently adopted ‘ASEAN-EU Plan of Action’ which calls for the enhancement of cooperation in a number of areas, and sharing of experiences.  (in particular point 3.1 (c) Promote Greater cultural understanding and awareness between ASEAN and the EU, as well as the exchange of experience and expertise on public policy in the field of culture.)

Context
The forums would be held in the context of the 40th Anniversary of EU-ASEAN Official Dialogue Relations. The purpose is to “reflect” on 40 years so far and to “look ahead” and discuss ideas for strengthening/upgrading EU-ASEAN relations.  Both forums would produce recommendations to be informally presented to the AEMM as a contribution to the Ministerial deliberations.
Objectives

The objective of both forums is to discuss the topics of:

Political and Security Issues
Economy, trade, business exchanges
People to people contacts

and to spark dialogue on how to build on the foundations of the ASEAN-EU Relationship to upgrade it and enhance cooperation. Both forums will provide a platform for leading thinkers of the EU and ASEAN to come together and develop recommendations to the main themes. Both forums should promote innovative approaches and initiatives for advancing EU-ASEAN relations.

The Young Leaders Forum in particular should work to advance the role of youth in EU-ASEAN decision making, and share knowledge on EU-ASEAN cooperation from a wide range of perspectives.

Hosts and co-organisors
Co-organised by European Union and ASEAN

Online registration

EU-ASEAN Strategic Thinkers Forum, 27-28 February 2018

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Background
ASEAN and the EU have a strong partnership, which celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2017. To reflect on 40 Years of official relations so far and to reinvigorate for the future, the EU will host EU-ASEAN Strategic Thinkers Forum (STF) and Young Leaders Forum (YLF) in February 2018.

At the 21st AEMM in Bangkok it was agreed that an EU-ASEAN Forum of Strategic Thinkers would be held. The main task of the forum would be to discuss the possible evolution/ upgrading of EU-ASEAN relations in future. The European Parliament Resolution on political relations with ASEAN (2017/2026 (INI)) suggests that an ASEAN-EU Young Leaders Exchange Programme could be organised, to increase engagement from young stakeholders in the EU-ASEAN relationship. This should allow young leaders from the EU and ASEAN to exchange ideas and build relationships in order to support EU-ASEAN relations in the future. This concept note puts forward the idea that the two should be held together.
Representatives from ASEAN and the EU would meet in both forums to discuss the partnership of the two organisations and enhancing cooperation: this is also reflected in the recently adopted ‘ASEAN-EU Plan of Action’ which calls for the enhancement of cooperation in a number of areas, and sharing of experiences.  (in particular point 3.1 (c) Promote Greater cultural understanding and awareness between ASEAN and the EU, as well as the exchange of experience and expertise on public policy in the field of culture.)

Context
The forums would be held in the context of the 40th Anniversary of EU-ASEAN Official Dialogue Relations. The purpose is to “reflect” on 40 years so far and to “look ahead” and discuss ideas for strengthening/upgrading EU-ASEAN relations.  Both forums would produce recommendations to be informally presented to the AEMM as a contribution to the Ministerial deliberations.
Objectives

 The objective of both forums is to discuss the topics of:

  1. Political and Security Issues
  2. Economy, trade, business exchanges
  3. People to people contacts

and to spark dialogue on how to build on the foundations of the ASEAN-EU Relationship to upgrade it and enhance cooperation. Both forums will provide a platform for leading thinkers of the EU and ASEAN to come together and develop recommendations to the main themes. Both forums should promote innovative approaches and initiatives for advancing EU-ASEAN relations.

The Young Leaders Forum in particular should work to advance the role of youth in EU-ASEAN decision making, and share knowledge on EU-ASEAN cooperation from a wide range of perspectives.

Hosts and co-organisors
Co-organised by European Union and ASEAN

Online registration

Public Debate: EU-ASEAN Relations: the next forty years, 27 February 2018, 09.30-14.00

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EU-ASEAN STRATEGIC THINKERS FORUM

PUBLIC DEBATE PROGRAMME

27 February 2018 (09.30-14.00)

 

EU-ASEAN relations: the next forty years

 

08.30-09.30: Registration

 

09.30-12.30: Public Debate

 

Session 1: ASEAN, Europe and a volatile world               

ASEAN and the European Union are similarly challenged by rapid geopolitical transformations and uncertainties over the future direction of US policy and the emergence of a more pro-active and self-confident China. Having just celebrated its golden jubilee, ASEAN is entering a critical new chapter in its quest for greater regional cooperation and integration amid expectations it will play a bigger and more relevant role in global affairs. The coming years will also test the EU’s unity, ambition and resolve in the face of Brexit as well as rising pressure from populists and difficult neighbours. ASEAN’s credibility over the coming years will be determined by its ability to move towards a truly integrated economic community but also by its skill in navigating the difficult US-China relationship and maintaining “ASEAN centrality” in the face of external pressures. Europe is equally challenged by changing US policies and must chart a new course for its relations with China as well as Russia, Turkey and Africa. Both ASEAN and the EU face the challenge of dealing with immigration and refugees and have a shared interest in the preservation of the rules-based international order and developing news norms for cyberspace.

  • What are ASEAN and Europe’s key economic and security interests and concerns in a changing regional and global environment?
  • Can ASEAN and the EU join ranks more forcefully on tackling global challenges including climate change, sustainable development and terrorism?
  • Are there key lessons that ASEAN and the EU share with each other on how to live and thrive in a changing world?
  • How are young people in ASEAN and the EU reacting to the rapid global transformations and how is this impacting on regional politics?

 

Session 2: Will EU-ASEAN relations still matter in forty years?

 

ASEAN-EU relations have grown and evolved steadily over the years, with both sides inter-acting on a range of economic, political and social issues. Meeting in Manila last August, ASEAN and EU ministers crafted an extensive and multi-faceted plan of action for a further upgrade of cooperation with a focus on bilateral ties, including security issues and connectivity, as well as on the wider global agenda including climate change, counter-terrorism and sustainable development. Ministers and the European Parliament have come out in favour of a resumption of negotiation on an EU-ASEAN free trade agreement. Contacts between ministers, policymakers, business leaders and civil society representatives are increasing.  It hasn’t always been plain-sailing, however. Differences over human rights and the application of EU standards in sectors such as palm oil and fisheries as well as the EU’s long-standing quest to become a permanent member of the East Asia Summit continue to cast a shadow over relations.

 

  • ASEAN-EU relations have shown a remarkable degree of resilience so far but will the relationship survive – and if it does will it still matter in forty years?
  • In a volatile world, what can the ASEAN and EU do better and/or differently to reinforce relations in the coming years?
  • Given their differences on key issues like human rights, can the EU and ASEAN forge a true strategic partnership and negotiate a free trade agreement?
  • What can be done to promote greater people-to-people contacts – especially among young people – in ASEAN and Europe?

 

12.30-14.00: Networking Lunch (all participants and young leaders are invited)

Online registration