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The EU and Australia are like-minded partners who see increasingly eye-to-eye on key international issues.  Relations are founded on strong historical and cultural links.  The EU-Australia Partnership Framework pdf - 86 KB [86 KB] , adopted at the annual Foreign Ministers’ meeting held in Paris on 29 October 2008, provides a solid and up-to-date basis for the bilateral relationship in the years to come. 

The first update to the Partnership Framework pdf - 185 KB [185 KB] , including a review of what has been achieved so far, was adopted at the Foreign Ministers' meeting held in Stockholm on 8 October 2009. The Partnership Framework is an action-oriented document emphasising practical cooperation.  Although trade remains an important underpinning for the bilateral relationship, the overall political and economic relationship has over the years matured and developed more broadly to focus on global and regional challenges such as environment and climate change, energy, security and counter terrorism, stability in the Asia-Pacific region and cooperation in the WTO. Cooperation and coordination takes place at all levels, including annual Foreign Ministers’ consultations, annual Senior Officials Meetings alternating between Brussels and Canberra and a range of sectoral dialogues (trade, agriculture, environment, etc). 


EU and ASEAN: Towards a Strategic Partnership for Peace Stability and Prosperity This year's EU-ASEAN foreign ministers marked the 20th anniversary of ministerial meetings. It was a special occasion as ministers agreed to upgrade the relationship to a strategic partnership. This is testament to the growing depth of their cooperation and demonstrates the increasing importance the EU attaches to relations with partners in Asia. /top_stories/images/20140723_eu-aseanflags.jpg © EU 0801262480d8585e 0801262480e4e8c1 0801262480e4e8ce 0801262480d75e82 0801262480e4578f 0801262480e4fd75 0801262480d27595 0801262480e4fe81 0801262480e4fddc 0801262480e4fe07 0801262480e4fe14 0801262480e4fe25 0801262480e4fe2e 0801262480e4fe4e 0801262480e4fe6b 08012624808f0b72 0801262480e4fe7e 0801262480e4fe8e 0801262480e4fec2 0801262480e4fede 0801262480af9d8c 080126248a18cf86 08012624869864f0 23/07/2014 /top_stories/2014/230714_eu_asean_en.htm EU-ASEAN foreign ministers to discuss key challenges in Brussels Daily headlines in South East Asia speak about the region's impressive economic achievements. More and more they also focus on security tensions, including those in the South China Sea. The EU supports ASEAN in the twin challenge of integrating the region's economies and addressing growing security threats. That’s why on 23 July Foreign Ministers from 28 EU and 10 ASEAN Member States will gather in Brussels to discuss how the EU-ASEAN partnership can best deliver shared security and sustainable prosperity for their peoples. /top_stories/images/180714_eu-asean.jpg © EU 0801262480d8585e 0801262480e4e8c1 0801262480e4e8ce 0801262480d75e82 0801262480e4578f 0801262480e4fd75 0801262480d27595 0801262480e4fe81 0801262480e4fddc 0801262480e4fe07 0801262480e4fe14 0801262480e4fe25 0801262480e4fe2e 0801262480e4fe4e 0801262480e4fe6b 08012624808f0b72 0801262480e4fe7e 0801262480e4fe8e 0801262480e4fec2 0801262480e4fede 0801262480af9d8c 080126248a18cf86 08012624869864f0 18/07/2014 /top_stories/2014/180714_eu-asean_en.htm