EU continues supporting ASEAN community


The informal ASEAN-EU Summit was held on October 16. This is the first high-level meeting between ASEAN and the EU under the co-chair of Vietnam and EU.
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung with the role of coordinator of the ASEAN-EU relations has co-chaired the meeting with the presidents of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso. President of Myanmar Thein Sein, Prime Minister of Thailand Prayuth Chan-ocha, the European Commissioner for External Relations Federica Mogherini, Head of EU SOM Viorel Isticioaia Budura and ASEAN Secretary-General Le Luong Minh also attended the meeting.
The two sides reviewed and evaluated ASEAN-EU cooperation at the same time set out the directions to elevate and promote the ASEAN-EU dialogue. The two sides also exchanged views on mutual concern of regional and the world situation, including the South China Sea issue, the Middle East and North Africa, anti-terrorism ... In exchange for the recent situation in the South China Sea, two stressed the importance of ensuring peace, stability, security and maritime security, freedom of navigation in the South China Sea; compliance with international law, particularly the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea 1982 (UNCLOS), the principle of peaceful settlement of disputes and the principle of non-use or threat of use of force; full and strict implementation of DOC and towards COC. Regarding economic issue, the two sides agreed to resume talks soon ASEAN-EU Free Trade Agreement after 2015; increasing connectivity of aviation, maritime, road; development of small and medium enterprises. The EU will continue to share experiences and support ASEAN to build community, especially in the priority areas of ASEAN as narrowing the development gap, enhancing the capacity of the executive apparatus.
At the same day, PM Nguyen Tan Dung also met Chinese Premier Li Keqiang. Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung stressed that the two sides suggested better control the situation at sea, do not make any action to complicate the situation, promoting the mechanism of progressed negotiations, seriously emplement the fundamental principles to direct solving problems on the sea between Vietnam and China; respecting for international law, jointly maintaining peace and stability in the region and the world.
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said the Party and the Chinese government always persever motto neighborliness and friendship, mutually beneficial cooperation with Vietnam, always eager to adequately handle the problems arising in relations between the two countries, and to promote relations between the two Parties and States to develop stably. Mr. Li Keqiang responded positively to the proposal of Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung on specific measures aimed at strengthening relations between the two Parties and States in coming time.

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Quân Hoàng 24/10/14 09:27

Relations between the European Union and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are finally picking up much-needed momentum.

Huy Quốc 24/10/14 09:28

The progress made in Vietnam now needs to be followed up urgently by efforts to improve the structure of EU-ASEAN cooperation, inject more ambitious content and change the tone and style of the relationship.

Hoàng Lân 24/10/14 09:28

Much has changed in Europe and in Southeast Asia since the signature of the EU-ASEAN cooperation agreement in March 1980.

Vân Nhàn 24/10/14 09:29

Both the EU and ASEAN have succeeded in bringing peace to their regions. Both have worked for economic prosperity and both have to deal with the challenge of big and difficult neighbours.

Hùng Quân 24/10/14 09:30

The EU-ASEAN relationship today is also very different from what it was all those years ago – reflecting the changes in both organisations.

Lê Tín 24/10/14 09:31

The challenge facing both sides is to take their relationship into the future – into the 21st Century. This can be done through changes in three key areas: E-ASEAN structures, content and tone.

Quốc Cường 24/10/14 09:32

More needs to be done to further broaden, deepen and strengthen the current level of EU-ASEAN engagement. It is important that the momentum achieved in the last year is not lost.

Huy Lâm 24/10/14 09:33

The EU and ASEAN need to recognise each other as strategic partners. It is quite surprising that this has not been done given the importance of the economic relationship and shared regional integration goals.

Quốc Kiên 24/10/14 09:33

This will necessarily mean the organization of regular summits between EU and ASEAN leaders – although these gatherings need not be annual. They could be held back-to-back with the Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM) which is organised every two years.

Phạm Hiếu 24/10/14 09:34

ASEAN also needs to enhance its visibility in Europe. Very little is known about the organization, its ambitions and achievements in Europe. Public support for stronger EU-ASEAN ties can only be built up if there is wider media coverage and discussions in universities and in think tanks about the subject.

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