Spotlights

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February 16, 2011
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.
October 05, 2010
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.
October 05, 2010
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.
October 04, 2010
ASEM 8 Chair & President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy welcomes the ASEM 8 Delegations
October 04, 2010
Financial markets the focus of the Asia-Europe Business Forum.
October 03, 2010
On Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 October, on the eve of the ASEM 8 Summit, ASEM partners gathered in Brussels at Senior Official level in order to finalize preparations for the meeting of their leaders.
October 03, 2010
The participation of Vice Prime Minister Steven Vanackere to ASEM events confirms the high importance of the upcoming summit.
October 01, 2010
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.
September 29, 2010
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.
September 28, 2010
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.
September 24, 2010
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).
September 16, 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.
September 03, 2010
On Friday 3 September 2010, ASEM Ambassadors in Brussels attended a final briefing before the ASEM 8 Summit on 4-5 October.
August 12, 2010
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.
July 20, 2010
Belgium convened an ASEM Senior Officials’ Meeting in Brussels on 13-15 July 2010 to thoroughly prepare the ASEM 8 Summit to take place in Brussels on 4-5 October 2010.
July 19, 2010
On 12-13 July, in the run-up of the 8th Asia-Europe Meeting, the European Commission organized a Public Conference on Europe-Asia inter-regional relations.
June 29, 2010
The ASEM 8 Preparatory Events on Sustainable Development and Piracy at Sea took place in Brussels from 23 to 25 June. They are an integral part of the preparations for the ASEM 8 Summit.
June 18, 2010
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.
June 17, 2010
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.
June 14, 2010
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.
June 02, 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.
May 06, 2010
Given the dissolution of the Belgian federal Parliament and the holding of early legislative elections in Belgium, the sixth Asia-Europe Parliamentary Partnership (ASEP 6) has to be postponed.
May 05, 2010
On 4-5 May 2010, in preparation of the ASEM 8 Summit of 4-5 October 2010, Belgium hosted a Seminar on Piracy at Sea in Brussels.
April 16, 2010
On 15-16 April 2010, the Asia-Europe Foundation, the Belgian government and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung organised the ASEM Outlook Workshop in Brussels.
April 14, 2010
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.
April 12, 2010
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.
March 30, 2010
It is our pleasure to invite all ASEM partners to take part in this seminar, which will take place in Brussels on 4 and 5 May 2010. Please note that the registration deadline is 24 April 2010.
March 26, 2010
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.
March 01, 2010
Dear reader and ASEM friend,A great deal of efforts went into the creation of this ASEM 8 website.