10th Asia-Europe Parliamentary Partnership Meeting

27-28 September 2018
Brussels, Belgium
The Asia-Europe Parliamentary Partnership (ASEP) is the parliamentary extension of the Asian-European political dialogue, an effort to enhance relations between Europe and Asia.

The most visible element of this dialogue has traditionally been the biannual Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), an intergovernmental summit first held in 1996.

ASEP complements this summit with parliamentary diplomacy and democratic input. As one of ASEP's objectives is to influence the agenda of the summit, ASEP is usually held in the place where the summit is hosted, shortly before the summit.

In 2018, the 10th ASEP meeting will take place on 27and 28 September in Brussels and will be hosted by the European Parliament.

The final declaration produced by ASEP 10's participants will be sent to the 12th ASEM Summit (ASEM12), scheduled to be held in Brussels on 18-19 October 2018.

Family photo ASEP 10

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A powerful platform

Including all EU Member States and numerous other countries - including Russia, Australia and New Zealand - ASEM and ASEP form a unique and powerful platform for multi-lateral dialogue.

In a number of ways - including geographically - Asia and Europe form a single area.

The people, migration, cultural identities and origins, trade and political relations of these regions have created common ground for centuries. The Euro-Asian bond is not just a rhetorical figure of speech.

EU and Asian countries also face challenges that require deeper cooperation. The most pressing issues include the fight against international crime and terrorism, radicalisation, racism, climate change, the protection of the environmental and cultural heritage, migration, trade and joint technological and scientific advances.

The EU-Asian partnership can be successful only if citizens' concerns are fully taken into account. This requires greater transparency in working methods, as well as in meetings' operational conclusions and in the establishment of a structural dialogue between the executive and the legislative branches.

While ASEM is developing an ambitious and busy plan of sectorial meetings, the parliamentary extension of this calendar must be developed in order to provide democratic oversight.

Hundreds of millions of poor people, particularly women and children, are extremely vulnerable to natural calamities - earthquakes, droughts, storms, tsunamis and other forms of flooding - that put development at risk.

Natural disasters have a widespread, cross-border impact on human lives and the environment.

It is the duty of the parliamentarians to emphasise the importance of mitigating the risk of natural disasters, and of ensuring that disaster management is well integrated into development and poverty reduction strategies.

But legislators' obligations do not end there.

The global macro-economic environment is facing complex new challenges, including unforeseen limits to economic recovery and persistently high unemployment rate, as well as a growing distrust in financial markets.

No single country or region can address all these challenges alone.