On 22 November 2016, Gunnar Wiegand, Managing Director for Asia Pacific of the EAS, delivered a public lecture on "The EU's new Global Strategy and Asia" at the School of International Studies at the Jawaharlal Nehru University.
In his address Mr. Wiegand outlined the EU’s general foreign policy approach and its renewed commitment to a credible, strong global footprint in the Global Strategy. He emphasized that despite recent challenges in the European region the EU-28 continues being an active global player and an important partner to many Asian countries, including India.
On 13-14 October Thailand hosted the 21st ASEAN-EU Ministerial Meeting which brought together Foreign Ministers from EU and ASEAN countries. In a joint declaration they pledged to continue to work together on a range of issues ahead of the 40th anniversary of relations between the two blocs in 2017.