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Chairman’s Statement of the ASEAN Post Ministerial Conference (PMC) 10+1 Sessions with the Dialogue Partners
25 July 2016
“Turning Vision into Reality for a Dynamic ASEAN Community”
The ASEAN PMC+1 Session with the European Union (EU) was co-chaired by H.E. Don Pramudwinai, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand and H.E. Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, as the representative of the European Union, on behalf of the EU High Representative Federica Mogherini.
The Meeting took note of the outcome of the Coordination Meeting held in October 2015 in Bangkok and the Informal ASEAN-EU Meeting, represented by Thailand as Country Coordinator, in November 2015 in Luxembourg, as a significant step forward in paving the way towards the establishment of an ASEAN-EU strategic partnership.
The Meeting looked forward to the convening of the 21st AEMM on 13-14 October 2016 in Thailand to further discuss our efforts in enhancing ASEAN-EU partnership in contributing to the promotion of peace, security, stability, and prosperity in the Southeast Asia region. The meeting also took note of the proposal to have two main deliverables of the 21st AEMM, namely, a short Political Declaration and a Roadmap, that will help generate momentum for realising a Strategic Partnership.
The Meeting looked forwarded to the commemoration of the 40th Anniversary of ASEAN-EU Dialogue Relations in 2017 and encouraged all relevant stakeholders to identify a number of commemorative activities.
The Meeting agreed to further strengthen our efforts in tackling transnational crime challenges, particularly in the area of counter-terrorism, trafficking in persons, irregular movement of persons, as well as cyber-crimes.
The Meeting agreed to enhance maritime cooperation through existing ASEAN-led mechanisms as well as the convening of the ASEAN-EU High Level Dialogue on Maritime Security Cooperation regularly.
The Meeting welcomed the successful convening of the inaugural ASEAN-EU Policy Dialogue on Human Rights on 19-23 October 2015 in Brussels. Both ASEAN and the EU expressed satisfaction on the mutual engagement and agreed to explore regular dialogues on human rights issues of mutual interest.
The Meeting noted the positive outcome of the 14th ASEAN Economic Ministers (AEM)-EU Trade Commissioner Consultations on 3 March 2016 in Chiang Mai, Thailand, which commended the progress made in the implementation of the ASEAN-EU Trade and Investment Work Programme for 2015-2016 and in the joint stock-taking exercise of ASEAN-EU economic relations. The Meeting looked forward to continue exploring the feasibility of a region-to-region ASEAN-EU FTA.
The Meeting looked forward to the commencement of negotiations on the ASEAN-EU Comprehensive Air Transport Agreement, which will bring mutual benefit to both regions, by enhancing people-to-people and business-to-business interactions.
The Meeting shared the same view that closer people-to-people ties are a core component of a deeper ASEAN-EU Dialogue Relations. In this regards The Meeting agreed to further strengthen people-to-people connectivity through youth and academic exchanges, research and innovation, as well as tourism.
The Meeting welcomed the fruitful outcome of the 3rd ASEAN-EU Science, Technology and Innovation Days (STI Days) organised from 10-12 May 2016 in Hanoi, Viet Nam. The Meeting also looked forward to the International Conference on STI Cooperation in Thailand and the 4th STI Days to be convened in the Netherlands in 2017.
ASEAN appreciated the EU's continued support for the ASEAN Centre of Biodiversity (ACB), the ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response (AADMER), and the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management (AHA Centre). The Meeting looked forward to the finalisation of the EU's Biodiversity Conservation and Management of Protected Areas in ASEAN (BCAMP) program, which will grant the ACB access to up to EUR 10 million to improve the protection status of threatened peatland areas that could be declared ASEAN Heritage Parks in the future.
ASEAN noted the EU's desire to expand its regional engagement by joining the East Asia Summit (EAS) and the ASEAN Defence Ministers‟ Meeting Plus (ADMM-Plus).
The Meeting underlined the importance of maintaining peace, stability and security, freedom of navigation in and over-flight above the South China Sea. The Meeting noted the commitment of ASEAN Member States and China to ensure the full and effective implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC) in its entirety, and welcomed ASEAN Member States and China efforts to work towards the early conclusion of an effective Code of Conduct in the South China Sea (COC).