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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
High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini, the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, and the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, joined ASEAN Leaders in Brussels for wide-ranging discussions on common challenges and on strengthening the important EU-ASEAN relationship. The meeting took place on 19 October, opening the path for the 22nd ASEAN-EU Ministerial Meeting in January next year.
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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