53 Foreign or Deputy Foreign Ministers met in Luxemburg on 5-7 November for the biannual Asia-Europe meeting. The ministerial was partly to review the international scene and partly to discuss closer EU-Asia cooperation, including the future of ASEM itself. Next July government leaders will meet in Ulan Bator for the ASEM summit.
In Luxemburg ministers agreed on the need for an ambitious climate change outcome at COP 21 although there were no specific commitments.
The second big issue on the table was strengthening connectivity between Europe and Asia from physical infrastructures, transport, energy, digital connectivity to people-to-people linkages.
By Susanna Mocker
‘Diversity is our pride and our strength’ declared Indian Prime Minister Modi at a public diplomacy spectacle in London last week. This was very reminiscent of President Juncker's last state of the European Union address.
The Council on 16 November 2015 gave the go-ahead for negotiations to start on a free trade agreement with the Philippines.
The director of the EU-Asia Centre, Dr Fraser Cameron, took part in a panel event at the Royal United Services Institute in London on 6 November to preview the visit to the UK of India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi.
EU-ASIA Centre is a think tank dedicated to promoting closer relations between the EU and Asia.