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Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM)
Asia matters – for Europe. And Europe matters – for Asia. It is with this simple premise in mind that the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) was created in 1996
The EU will host the 12th Summit of the Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM12) in Brussels on 18-19 October 2018, with as theme “Global partners for global challenges”. The ASEM12 Summit will be chaired by the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk and the President the European Commission, as well as Federica Mogherini, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy will also be in attendance. ASEM partner countries will be represented by their Heads of State or Government as well as the other institutional partner ASEAN by its Secretary General, .
March 1 marks ASEM Day, which celebrates the importance of connecting the two continents, Asia and Europe, based on the principles of equal partnership and mutual respect.
The 13th ASEM Foreign Ministers' Meeting (FMM13) took place between 21 and 22 November in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, gathering Ministers of Foreign Affairs from across Europe and Asia, with the EU High Representative Federica Mogherini as coordinator for the European group.
The EU hosted the ASEM Senior Officials' Meeting on 22-23 June in Brussels, which was preceded by the 1st ever meeting of the ASEM Pathfinder Group on Connectivity. Both meetings were chaired by Gunnar Wiegand, Managing Director Asia and Pacific.
The 11th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Summit took place in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia on Friday 15 and Saturday 16 July, 2016, under the theme "20 Years of ASEM: Partnership for the Future through Connectivity".
Two years ago, in Ulaanbaatar, the ASEM leaders decided to designate March 1 as the “ASEM Day”. ASEM Day celebrations have since then taken place in Europe and Asia.
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