The EU and ASEAN held a launch event today (17/4) to celebrate the recent start of EU-ASEAN initiatives on policy dialogue and regional economic integration. The Enhanced Regional EU-ASEAN Dialogue Instrument (E-READI) and the Enhanced ASEAN Regional Integration Support from the EU (ARISE Plus) are two flagship programmes of EU development cooperation in ASEAN with an overall budget of EUR 61 million.
The Secretary-General of ASEAN Dato Lim Jock Hoi and the EU Ambassador to ASEAN Francisco Fontan Pardo welcomed the launch at the ASEAN Secretariat.
Both sides acknowledged that these two initiatives will benefit ASEAN and its people through the consolidation of ASEAN Community. Important areas of the ASEAN economic integration process will be supported by ARISE Plus such as the single market, trade facilitation, reducing non-tariff barriers to trade, along with Intellectual Property Rights, civil aviation and ASEAN statistics. Via E-READI, ASEAN’s integration process would be supported through sharing of the EU integration experience.
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