WOL – The 23rd Meeting of the ASEAN-EU Joint Cooperation Committee (JCC) was held on 4 February 2016 in Jakarta. The meeting carried on the excellent momentum in strengthening ASEAN-EU relations, following the successful conclusions of the 20th ASEAN-EU Ministerial Meeting held in Brussels on 23 July 2014, the informal ASEAN-EU Leaders’ Meeting held in Milan in October 2014 and the ASEAN-EU Post-Ministerial Conference in Kuala Lumpur in August 2015, as well as the Informal ASEAN-EU Ministerial Meeting in November 2015 in Luxembourg.
Both sides welcomed the substantial rate of implementation of the cooperation activities foreseen in the Bandar Seri Begawan Plan of Action to Strengthen the ASEAN-EU Partnership (2013-2017).
ASEAN and the EU exchanged views on developments in their respective regions. The EU welcomed the establishment of the ASEAN Community on 31 December 2015 and the adoption of ASEAN 2025: Forging Ahead Together, as well as reaffirmed its support to the centrality of ASEAN in the evolving regional architecture.
The ASEAN side appreciated the EU’s commitment to further strengthen ASEAN-EU relations as highlighted in the EU’s Joint Communication on ASEAN-EU relations, adopted by the European Commission on 18 April 2015, and the Conclusions of the Foreign Affairs Council on the same topic issued on 22 June 2015.
ASEAN and the EU highlighted the unique nature, the deepening and the intensification of their partnership with considerable progress being made in the political-security, economic and socio-cultural fields and in the development of new areas of cooperation.
In this connection, ASEAN welcomed the establishment of the European Union Mission to ASEAN and the appointment of His Excellency Mr. Francisco Fontan as the first dedicated EU Ambassador to ASEAN. Both sides looked forward to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the establishment of ASEAN and the 40th Anniversary of ASEAN-EU Dialogue Relations in 2017.
ASEAN and the EU reiterated their commitment to further strengthening the existing close trade and investment relations between both regions.
They welcomed the progress made in 2015 on the trade agenda between both regions, both at the bilateral and region-to-region level. ASEAN and the EU welcomed the strengthening of their cooperation in non-traditional security areas, including on maritime security, preventive diplomacy, mediation, cyber security, counter-terrorism and transnational crimes.
The meeting noted with appreciation the convening of the 2nd ASEAN-EU High Level Dialogue (HLD) on Maritime Security Cooperation in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 5-6 May.(wol/cza/data1)