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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
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".
ASEM 11, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
ASEM 10 Milan Summit 2014
ASEM 9 Vientiane Summit 2012
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.