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Welcome to the website of the Delegation for relations with the countries of Southeast Asia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

The EU and ASEAN are like-minded partners. Both organisations have a mutual interest in multilateralism and a global rules-based order. They see regional cooperation and integration as the most effective way to foster stability, build prosperity and address global challenges.

Against this background, the EU and ASEAN have built strong trade and economic links - as well as links in other areas. Issues that bind the partners include connectivity, climate change, human rights, sustainable development, security and counter terrorism.

In January 2019, the EU and ASEAN reached an agreement in principle to establish a strategic partnership. Another example of cooperation can be found in the ongoing negotiations on a Civil Aviation Transport Agreement (CATA). A region-to-region Free Trade Agreement remains an ambitious project for the future.

To complete this relationship, the Delegation believes in the importance of the parliamentary extension of EU-ASEAN relations. This requires regular bilateral contacts between the European Parliament and its counterparts in the region, and strengthening the relations with the ASEAN Interparliamentary Assembly (AIPA).

I look forward to working together with my colleagues in DASE on these goals.

Daniel Caspary
Chair of the ASEAN Delegation

13th EU-Singapore Inter-Parliamentary Meeting, 7-8 December 2023

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13th EU-Singapore IPM 7-8.12.23.jpg © B.Sturm/EP

From 7 October to 8 December 2023, the Delegation for the relations with the countries of Southeast Asia and the ASEAN (DASE), led by MEP Daniel Caspary (EPP, DE), paid a visit to Singapore, a key partner of the European Union. The European Parliament Delegation had a variety of meetings, including with the Speaker, the Deputy Secretary for Foreign Affairs and Education, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Trade and Industry and other top government representatives.

The Delegation had several direct contacts with the rich Singaporean society, such as meetings with academics on Southeast Asian security challenges, with the highest authorities in the country on Urban Redevelopment and on Group Business of Development and with many NGOs.

This mission is a further step in the EP dialogue with Singapore, following the 12th official Inter-Parliamentary Meeting that had to take place online last year in Brussels.


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