Wed. Dec 1st, 2021

The 13th Asia-Europe Meeting takes place on 25-26 November from Phnom Penh, Cambodia, in a virtual format. The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, and President of the European Council, Charles Michel, will represent the European Union, together with the High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell.

Under this year’s title ‘Strengthening Multilateralism for Shared Growth’, 51 countries, in addition to the European Union and the ASEAN Secretary-General, will discuss ways to ensure a post-pandemic sustainable socio-economic recovery, to agree on ways to ensure a green recovery, and to reinforce cooperation on foreign and security policies.

President von der Leyen will address leaders at the opening session tomorrow and on Friday, she will be speaking at the second plenary session on ‘COVID-19 and Socio-Economic Recovery and Development’. President von der Leyen will also participate in the Leaders’ Retreat Session on International and Regional Issues.

The Summit takes place after the EU adopted its Indo-Pacific Strategy in September 2021, reinforcing the EU’s strategic focus, presence and actions in the region to contribute to regional stability, security, prosperity and sustainable development.

The meeting will also be an opportunity to discuss trade and investments in research and development, as well as sustainable development, climate change, biodiversity protection and security. A press conference, in which President von der Leyen will participate, is foreseen for 13:00 CET on Friday. Follow it live on EbS. The ASEM Summits are the single largest venue for political dialogue between the Heads of State of Asia and Europe.

More information on the Summit is available here and here.