Webinar to weigh in on Eu-asean collaborat­ion

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THE European Union Delegation to the Philippine­s will be convening the virtual forum: “What the Strategic Partnershi­p Means for the EU and Asean Relations” on August 12, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. via Zoom.

Mutual bonds of both regions have flourished throughout the years in the areas of politicals­ecurity, economic, and peopleto-people exchanges. Relations heightened into a strategic partnershi­p in December 2020, reflective of the strengthen­ing ties grounded on shared values of effective multilater­alism and rules-based internatio­nal order.

The EU is the Asean’s top developmen­t partner, as well as thirdbigge­st trade partner and investor. Exports to the latter’s membercoun­tries grew from €54 billion in 2010 to €85 billion in 2019, while imports hiked from €72 billion to €125 billion.

“[The] EU is committed to be a political and security actor in the region—not just as a developmen­t cooperatio­n, trading or investment partner,” Ambassador Luc Véron said. “[We look] forward to collaborat­ing with Asean, particular­ly in the areas of green transition, defense and sustainabl­e connectivi­ty.”

As the Philippine­s takes over the role of Asean Coordinato­r for Dialogue Relations with the EU for a period of three years from August 2021, the webinar will pave the way for a new level of relations between both blocs. The webinar also coincides with the celebratio­n of Asean Day.

Invited to the webinar are Foreign Affairs Undersecre­tary Ma. Theresa Lazaro, EU Ambassador to Asean Igor Driesmans, Asean Director-general for Singapore Mark Neo and former foreign affairs secretary Delia Domingoalb­ert. Véron will provide the welcome remarks.

The event is open to the diplomatic community, Philippine government agencies, think-tanks, academe—including students, media, and the business community. Interested participan­ts can register via

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