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Statement on the occasion of the 1st ASEM Day

1 March 2017

Statement by the Spokesperson on the occasion of the 1st ASEM Day

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European Union and Afghanistan sign Cooperation Agreement on Partnership and Development

20 February 2017

oint Press Release: The European Union and the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan sign Cooperation Agreement on Partnership and Development

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Factsheet on the EU-Mongolia Framework Agreement on Partnership and Cooperation

20 February 2017

The European Union is intent on supporting Mongolia in its continued political and economic reform path, as a valuable partner for the EU in Asia.

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EU-Afghanistan relations, factsheet

20 February 2017

The European Union has a long-term partnership with Afghanistan. In close coordination with Afghanistan's international partners, the European Union is engaged with the Afghan Government to fight corruption, improve oversight, enable economic growth, reduce poverty and strengthen democratic institutions.

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The European Union and Lao PDR successfully hold their eighth Joint Committee

20 February 2017

The European Union and Lao PDR successfully hold their eighth Joint Committee

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Joint Statement EU-Bangladesh Diplomatic Consultations

16 February 2017

Joint Statement EU-Bangladesh Diplomatic Consultations

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Commission publishes negotiating proposals for EU-Indonesia trade deal

8 February 2017

The European Commission published today nine initial European proposals for the trade agreement under negotiation with Indonesia. Together with the proposals, the Commission has made available the report from the second round of talks that took place in Indonesia between 24 and 27 January.

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Statement by the Spokesperson on the cases of several human rights defenders in China

30 January 2017

Statement by the Spokesperson on the cases of several human rights defenders in China

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EU-Bangladesh Sub-group on Good Governance and Human Rights

21 December 2016

On 20 December 2016 in Brussels, the European Union and Bangladesh held theirbiennial meeting of the Sub-group on Good Governance and Human Rights in the framework of the EU-Bangladesh Cooperation Agreement (CA).

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Joint Press Release following the First Meeting of the EU-Indonesia Joint Committee

12 December 2016

Joint Press Release following the First Meeting of the EU-Indonesia Joint Committee

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Joint Press Release: 21st EU-Macao Joint Committee meeting

12 December 2016

Joint Press Release: 21st EU-Macao Joint Committee meeting

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6th EU-Vietnam Human Rights Dialogue

12 December 2016

6th EU-Vietnam Human Rights Dialogue

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Joint Press Release: Myanmar and the European Union hold third bilateral Human Rights Dialogue

25 November 2016

Joint Press Release: Myanmar and the European Union hold third bilateral Human Rights Dialogue

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Joint Press Release: Pakistan-EU Joint Commission, Islamabad, 23 November 2016

25 November 2016

Joint Press Release: Pakistan-EU Joint Commission, Islamabad, 23 November 2016

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3rd EU-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue

17 October 2016

The 3rd Session of the EU-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue was held in Brussels on 4 October 2016 between the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini, and Sartaj Aziz, Advisor to the Prime Minister of Pakistan on Foreign Affairs.

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Meeting between the HRVPFederica Mogherini and the Foreign Minister of the Republic of Korea Yun Byung-se

6 October 2016

Federica Mogherini, the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, met the Foreign Minister of the Republic of Korea, Yun Byung-se, yesterday in the margins of the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan.

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Joint Press Communiqué - 3rd EU-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue, Brussels, 4 October 2016

5 October 2016

The 3rd Session of the EU-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue was held in Brussels on 4 October 2016 between the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini, and Sartaj Aziz, Advisor to the Prime Minister of Pakistan on Foreign Affairs.

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HRVP Mogherini met with the Foreign Minister of the People's Republic Wang Yi of China

19 September 2016

Federica Mogherini, the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, met on Sunday with the Foreign Minister of the People's Republic of China Wang Yi on the margins of the United Nations' General Assembly Ministerial Week in New York. 

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Statement by the HRVP Federica Mogherini on the nuclear test in the DPRK

16 September 2016

Earlier today, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) carried out yet another nuclear test. This is another direct violation of the DPRK's international obligations not to produce or test nuclear weapons, as determined by multiple United Nations Security Council Resolutions, and a grave threat to peace and security of the entire region and beyond.

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Statement by the HRVP Federica Mogherini ahead of the 21st Century Panglong Union Peace Conference in Myanmar

16 September 2016

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ADB expects Little Impact from Brexit on Growth

27 July 2016

The July report of the ADB suggests that growth in Asia will only be marginally affected by Brexit. The Bank expects growth in 2016 to be 5.6% in 2016—0.1 percentage points less than earlier forecast—and 5.7% in 2017.

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Statement by HRVP Mogherini on launch of ballistic missiles by the DPRK

19 July 2016

Earlier today, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) launched three ballistic missiles into the Sea  of Japan. This is another clear and grave violation of the DPRK’s international obligations, as set out in UN Security Council Resolutions.

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Joint Press Release following 20th meeting of EU - Sri Lanka Joint Commission

19 July 2016

The 20th meeting of the European Union (EU) - Sri Lanka Joint Commission took place in Brussels on 19 July 2016. The meeting was co-chaired by Mrs Chitranganee Wagiswara, Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka, and Mr Gunnar Wiegand, Managing Director for Asia and the Pacific at the European External Action Service.

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EU and Indonesia Launch Bilateral Trade Talks

18 July 2016

EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström and Indonesian Minister of Trade Tom Lembong today agreed to officially launch the negotiations for a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) between the EU and Indonesia with the aim to deepen and strengthen a key aspect of the bilateral relationship.

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Chair's Statement 11th ASEM Summit “Partnership for the Future through Connectivity

16 July 2016

The 11th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM11) was held in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia on 15­16 July 2016 under the theme “20 Years of ASEM: Partnership for the Future through Connectivity”. It was attended by the Heads of State and Government or their high-level representatives of 51 European and Asian countries, the President of the European Council, the President of the European Commission and the Secretary-General of ASEAN. The Summit meeting was hosted and chaired by President of Mongolia Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj.

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Ulaanbaatar Declaration on ASEM into the Third Decade, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, 15-16 July 2016

16 July 2016

We, Heads of State and Government from ASEM partner countries, the President of the European Council, the President of the European Commission and the Secretary-General of ASEAN gathered in Ulaanbaatar on 15-16 July 2016 for the 11th ASEM Summit to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of ASEM under the theme of “20 Years of ASEM: Partnership for the Future through Connectivity” and to chart the future course of ASEM into its third decade.

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HRVP Mogherini participates in ASEM Summit in a day of grief and mourning for France and the EU

15 July 2016

High Representative Federica Mogherini travelled yesterday to Mongolian capital Ulaanbaatar for the 11th Asia-Europe meeting (ASEM). The meeting started in a day of grief and mourning for the deadly attack in Nice.

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Declaration by HRVP on behalf of EU on Award rendered in Arbitration between Philippines and China

15 July 2016

The European Union and its Member States, as contracting parties to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), acknowledge the Award rendered by the Arbitral Tribunal, being committed to maintaining a legal order of the seas and oceans based upon the principles of international law, UNCLOS, and to the peaceful settlement of disputes.

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Statement of ASEM Leaders on International Terrorism, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, 15 July 2016

15 July 2016

We, the Heads of State and of Government of Asia and Europe, the President of the European Council, President of the European Commission, and the Secretary General of ASEAN, meeting in Ulaanbaatar on 15-16 July 2016, reiterated our strong unequivocal condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations committed by whomever, wherever and for whatever purposes.

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Speech by HRVP Mogherini at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing

13 July 2016

Thank you very much, Professor. It really is an honour for me to be here. If I can share with you a personal note: I also envy all of you a little bit because actually academic work has always been my passion. Having said that, it is indeed true that this is the first occasion I have had to present the Global Strategy after the presentation to the European Council – so to the European Union Heads of State and Government – at the end of June.

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HRVP Mogherini at EU-China Summit

13 July 2016

High Representative Federica Mogherini this week travelled to Beijing to participate in the 18th EU-China Summit.

The Summit came just a few weeks after the High Representative and European Commission adopted a Joint Communication on elements for a new EU strategy on China, and enabled discussions at the highest level on issues related to bilateral EU-China political and economic relations, addressing global challenges, and regional and international issues. Leaders are expected to adopt a Joint Summit Statement at the end of the meeting.

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6th EU-Indonesia Human Rights Dialogue

30 June 2016

The sixth session of the EU-Indonesia Human Rights Dialogue was held on 28 June 2016 in Brussels. The Delegation from the Republic of Indonesia was led by Mr Dicky Komar, Director for Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs while the Delegation of the European Union was headed by Mr Julian Wilson, Acting Director for Asia-Pacific, and Mrs Anette Mandler, Head of the Human Rights Division in the European External Action Service.

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Phone call between HR/VP Mogherini and Foreign Minister of Japan, Fumio Kishida

29 June 2016

The High Representative/Vice-President, Federica Mogherini, spoke this morning with the Foreign Minister of Japan, Fumio Kishida to discuss the outcome of the UK referendum, the EU Global Strategy and EU-Japan bilateral relations.

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Third annual EU – Republic of Korea Cyber Dialogue held today in Brussels

16 June 2016

For the third time, senior officials from the European Union and the Republic of Korea (RoK) met today to discuss a broad range of cyber issues. The delegation of the Republic of Korea was led by H.E. Shin Maeng-Ho, Ambassador for International Security Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Joëlle Jenny, Director for Security Policy and Conflict Prevention at the European External Action Service welcomed them to Brussels as head of the EU delegation, which also included representatives from the Commission and Member States.

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HRVP Remarks at the EU-China High Level Strategic Dialogue with State Councillor Yang Jiechi

10 June 2016

Thank you very much. Mr State Councillor, you hosted in Beijing last year the previous session of our strategic dialogue, which was extremely fruitful and positive. I am honoured and pleased to host you this year in Brussels for this session of the Strategic Dialogue that prepares the upcoming Summit between the EU and China, which will take place in Beijing, mid- next month.

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Taking the EU-Myanmar partnership to the next level

1 June 2016

The High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and the European Commission have today adopted a Joint Communication that sets out a vision for ambitious and forward-looking EU engagement with Myanmar as the country's transition enters its next phase.

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Local EU statement on the political situation in Ca mbodia

30 May 2016

The European Union Delegation issues the following statement in agreement with the EU Heads of Mission in Cambodia.

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North Korea: EU adopts new restrictions on trade, financial services, investment and transport

27 May 2016

On 27 May 2016, the Council adopted additional restrictive measures against the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). These measures complement and reinforce the sanctions regime imposed by United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions.

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Joint statement on the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement/Free Trade Agreement

26 May 2016

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, European Council President Donald Tusk, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, French President François Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and UK Prime Minister David Cameron, made the following joint statement in the margins of the G7 Summit in Ise-Shima:

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EU and Pakistan hold Political Counter-Terrorism dialogue

21 April 2016

The fifth EU-Pakistan Political Counter-Terrorism Dialogue was held on 20 April 2016 in Brussels under the framework of the EU-Pakistan Five-Year Engagement Plan. Both sides strongly condemned the recent terrorist attacks in Brussels, Lahore and many parts of the world and reaffirmed their determination to jointly combat terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.

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EU–Malaysia Partnership and Cooperation Agreement initialled today

7 April 2016

The chief negotiators of the European Union and Malaysia initialled today the text of the EU-Malaysia Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA) at a ceremony held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia in Putrajaya. The initialling marks the successful closure of negotiations that started in October 2010.

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Declaration by HRVP on behalf of the EU on Recent Developments in the South China Sea

11 March 2016

The EU is committed to maintaining a legal order for the seas and oceans based upon the principles of international law, as reflected notably in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). This includes the maintenance of maritime safety, security, and cooperation, freedom of navigation and overflight.

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North Korea: EU expands restrictive measures, adds 16 people and 12 companies

4 March 2016

On 4 March 2016, the Council added 16 people and 12 entities to the list of targets subject to EU restrictive measures against the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

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HRVP Mogherini on adoption of UNSC Resolution 2270 (2016) on the DPRK

2 March 2016

The unanimous adoption by the UN Security Council of Resolution 2270 (2016) is a clear expression of the unity and resolve of the international community to uphold the global non-proliferation regime and to target DPRK's illegal nuclear, WMD and ballistic missile programmes and its ability to finance them. 

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China at the Munich Security Conference: Hesitant involvement

22 February 2016

China did not feature prominently at this year’s MSC. But the participation of Fu Ying, Chairwoman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National People’s Congress, in a panel discussion moderated by MERICS director Sebastian Heilmann made clear: China is willing to get involved, albeit hesitantly and according to its own rules.

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New Record Year for Chinese Outbound Investment in Europe

16 February 2016

Chinese investment in Europe is now at a record height despite a sense of economic crisis in China and the EU.

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Statement on the DPRK's announcement of a 'satellite' launch

4 February 2016

The government of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) has notified several United Nations agencies that it intends to launch a 'satellite' later this month.

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First Meeting of European Union-Sri Lanka Joint Commission

21 January 2016

The Working Group on Governance, Rule of Law and Human Rights under the European Union-Sri Lanka Joint Commission concluded its first meeting in Colombo on 21 January 2016.

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Mogherini meets President of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani

21 January 2016

Today in the margins of the World Economic Forum in Davos, HR/VP Federica Mogherini met with the President of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani.

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Japan-Korea Comfort Women issue resolved

28 December 2015

The long-running dispute over compensation for the use of Korean comfort women by the Japanese military in the Second World War has been resolved.

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Appointment of Gunnar Wiegand as EEAS Managing Director for Asia

26 December 2015

Federica Mogherini has appointed Gunnar Wiegand as the new EEAS Managing Director for Asia.

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EU and Vietnam hold Human Rights Dialogue

16 December 2015

The EU and Vietnam held on 15 December 2015 in Hanoi the fifth round of their annual enhanced Dialogue on Human Rights in the spirit of the EU-Vietnam Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA) signed in 2012.

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34th EU-China Dialogue on Human Rights

2 December 2015

On 30 November and 1 December 2015, the European Union and the People's Republic of China held the 34th round of the EU-China Dialogue on Human Rights in Beijing.

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