Today (8/8), the Deputy Secretary-General of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) for ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community, H.E. Kung Phoak, together with the Chargé d'Affaires a.i. of the Mission of the European Union (EU) to ASEAN, Lucas Cibor, launched the EU-ASEAN Blue Book 2019, the EU’s annual publication on cooperation with ASEAN.
The launch of the EU-ASEAN Blue Book 2019 was held in conjunction with the 52nd ASEAN Day Celebration and the 2nd ASEAN-EU Cooperation and Scholarships Day, an annual event at the ASEAN Secretariat dedicated to communicating the impact of EU-ASEAN development cooperation, and the benefits of intra-ASEAN and EU-ASEAN student mobility.
The EU has dedicated over EUR 200 million to support ASEAN regional integration for the period 2014-2020. Bilateral development cooperation with individual ASEAN Member States includes more than EUR 2 billion altogether, more than half of which is used to support Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Vietnam, in addition to assistance provided by EU Member States to ASEAN and its Member States.
The Cooperation and Scholarships Day highlighted higher education as one key thematic area of EU-ASEAN cooperation. Since 2014, more than 5500 students and staff from ASEAN have travelled to Europe on scholarships funded by the EU and its Member States, including the EU's ERASMUS+ programme, and nearly 3000 students and staff have studied or worked in ASEAN.
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