03/12/2020 – HR/VP blog – There has been a lot of discussion lately, and also some controversies, on the concept of strategic autonomy. It is time to clarify what exactly we mean with this concept and how it can help Europeans to take charge of themselves in an increasingly harsh world.
The following remarks were delivered by the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, Josep Borrell, at the opening session of the 23rd European Union-Association of Southeast Asian Nations (EU-ASEAN) Ministerial Meeting, which took place via video conference.
On 1 December 2020, the European Union and Vietnam held their second consultations on security and defence, hosted by Vietnam via video conference. The first consultations had taken place in Brussels on 22 November 2019.
As part of Team Europe's global response to the coronavirus pandemic, the European Union announced today a new €20 million programme to support the preparedness and response capacities of our partners in the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN).
The European Union and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations opened a new chapter in their longstanding relationship by becoming Strategic Partners in 2020. This elevates their partnership with a commitment to regular summits at leaders’ level. The relationship between the two regional organisations is based on shared values
and principles such as rules-based international order, effective and sustainable multilateralism, free and fair trade.
The European Union and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations promote cooperation, peace and free and fair trade, and work to foster a multilateral world order to fight the major global challenges of our time.
Both organisations have their respective approaches to connectivity, a key driver for sustainable growth, jobs, competitiveness, and trade.
Cross-border traders in ASEAN can now take advantage of a new online Customs transit management system – the ASEAN Customs Transit System (ACTS), to accelerate trade in goods by road within ASEAN. The ACTS was developed with the support of the European Union.