On 2-3 June, the Deputy Secretary-General of the European External Action Service, Jean-Christophe Belliard, will participate in the 17th International Institute of Strategic Studies Asia Security Summit in Singapore, commonly referred to as the Shangri-La Dialogue.
Human rights are at the heart of the European Union's external action and the EU reaffirms its role as a leading global proponent of the promotion and protection of human rights. On 28 May 2018, the Council adopted the EU's annual report on human rights and democracy in the world in 2017.
Trade leaders from the EU and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) today agreed to take new steps towards resuming free trade talks between the two regions. The decision was taken at the annual EU-ASEAN ministerial consultations held in the Filipino capital of Manila, in which EU Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström participated.