Brussels Briefings “EU for Asia”: ASEM 8 Curtain Raiser

On 16 September 2010, the European Policy Centre, with the financial support of the European Commission and in cooperation with Leiden University, the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, organized its last 'EU for Asia' Brussels Briefing on the Asia-Europe Meeting: Priorities and Challenges, before the ASEM 8 Summit.

The briefing was composed of a panel discussion, a book presentation and a question-and-answer session. During the discussion, Ambassador Bertrand de Crombrugghe, Head of the ASEM 8 Task Force, presented the prepared content of the dialogue among Leaders, highlighting the two main themes : global economic governance and sustainable development. He furthermore stressed the essence of ASEM which lies in “the opportunity for Asian and European leaders to meet in a personal and interactive atmosphere”. He said that the mandate of ASEM is to “find common ground between Asia and Europe that can be used in other fora and developed in view of the future”. Further contributions were made by Thomas Roe (ASEM Counselor at the European Commission), Ambassador Enrique A. Manalo (Ambassador of Philippines’ Mission to the European Union), Mr. Norio Maruyama (Head of the Political Affairs Section of the Japanese Mission to the European Union) and Christopher Dent (Professor at Leeds University), who shared their particular views, among others on the importance of ASEM, ASEM’s future as well as the different questions that are being dealt with within ASEM.

Following the discussion, Lay Hwee Yeo (Director of the EU Centre in Singapore) and Wilhelm Hofmeister (Regional Programme Director of KAS’s "Political Dialogue Asia") presented their new book “The Asia-Europe Meeting: Engagement, Enlargement and Expectations”.

The Briefing concluded with a question-and-answer session.