At the invitation of the European Commission and of Belgium, the informal meeting of the Senior Officials for Trade and Investment took place in the Egmont Palace in downtown Brussels, on Tuesday and Wednesday 15-16 February 2011. The report is available online.
Throughout the next two days, pictures and videos of all key moments of the ASEM 8 Summit will be published on the official website of the Belgian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Interventions and other relevant documents can be downloaded there and on the official ASEM 8 website.
ASEM 8 Host Belgium has the honor and pleasure to present herewith the ASEM 8 Chair’s Statement of the ASEM 8 Summit and the Brussels Declaration on More Effective Global Economic Governance. With these two concluding documents, the ASEM 8 Summit reaches completion.
Prime Minister Yves Leterme and Minister for Foreign Affairs Steven Vanackere are pleased to receive the confirmation of the participation of a large number of Heads of State and Government at the ASEM Summit of 4 and 5 October in Brussels.
On Monday 4 and Tuesday 5 October 2010, the prestigious premises of the Royal Palace located in the centre of Brussels will be home to the eighth Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM 8). The Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs, led by the Vice-Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Steven Vanackere, is in charge of Summit preparations.
The Sixth Asia-Europe Parliamentary Partnership Meeting (ASEP 6) has been held in the Belgian House of representatives on Sunday 26 September and Monday 27 September 2010. The meeting resulted in the adoption of the official ASEP 6 declaration reflecting the main thrust of the debates, the meeting's decisions as well as its recommendations to the upcoming ASEM 8 Summit on 4-5 October 2010 in the Royal Palace in Brussels.
The Summit Host has worked out in further details the basic rules and practical guidelines for the smooth running of the ASEM 8 Summit in Brussels. The information is now available on this website (UPDATE: 24.09.2010).
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.
Details have become available on the organization of a set of breakfast meetings between the Heads of State and Government/Heads of Delegation, who will take part in the ASEM 8 Summit, and a selection of High Level Business Executives, who will take part in the Asia-Europe Business Forum.
This updated factsheet offers the most recent information on the preparations for the Brussels ASEM 8 Summit. It describes in some length the themes and issues that are projected to appear on the Summit’s agenda.
The European Policy Centre, in cooperation with Leiden University’s International Institute for Asian Studies, held an EU for Asia Brussels Briefing on Ensuring sustainable development on Wednesday 16 June 2010. The briefing was part of a series which the EPC organizes in the run up to the Asia-Europe (ASEM) Summit in Brussels on 4-5 October. As an outreach event, it was actively supported by Belgium, host country of ASEM8.
On 10 and 11 June 2010, the 8th ASEM Conference on Counter-Terrorism was held in Brussels, Belgium. It was hosted by the Belgian Federal Public Service of Foreign Affairs, with the support of the European Union, as part of the preparations for the ASEM 8 Summit on 4 and 5 October 2010.
On 26 and 27 May 2010, the Second ASEM Development Conference was held in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. It was organized jointly by Indonesia and the European Commission as part of the preparations for the ASEM 8 Summit.
Between 5 and 10 April 2010, Prime Minister of Belgium Yves LETERME and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Steven VANACKERE have paid an official visit to Asia. PM Leterme visited the Republic of Korea first and then headed to Japan, whereas Minister Vanackere visited China before joining the Prime Minister in Tokyo.
The ASEM Desk at the Federal Public Service of Foreign Affairs of Belgium has prepared a visual overview of the parallel, preparatory and outreach events of ASEM 8. All these events contribute to the summit of 4-5 October this year in Brussels.
In the ‘ASEM 8 Summit’ section, you will now be able to find preliminary information on the program and on the practical arrangements of the ASEM 8 Summit as it will take place on 4 and 5 October 2010.