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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania Celebrates ASEM Day

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania embraces the tradition established recently, in 2016, to celebrate on the 1st of March the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Day, which marks 23 years since the start of a process building even stronger connections between European and Asian partners.

More and more Governments from Europe and Asia have engaged in the process, deeply attached to the fundamental principles of fostering dialog and cooperation to better address global challenges. This partnership between Europe and Asia has grown, since 1996, from 26 to 51 countries and 2 partner organizations. The ASEM process has reached notable maturity, reflected by enhanced cooperation in all three pillars: political, economic and cultural. Together, partners from Europe and Asia showcase over 60% of the global population, global production and global trade and a high potential for growth.

Romania is a dedicated partner in this endeavor and has great appreciation for the added value of ASEM, as main platform between Europe and Asia. ASEF activities are also highly regarded by our country, as means to deepen interpersonal exchanges.

Ten years after its formal accession to the ASEM process, Romania marked a new level of involvement in ASEM/ASEF activities by hosting the 38th ASEF Board of Governors, in June 2018. Furthermore, in May 2019, in the context of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council, our country is proud to organize, in Bucharest, a series of events in the field of education, capitalizing on the complementary feature of the ASEM and ASEF formats: the 7th ASEM Ministers’ of Education Meeting, back-to-back with the ASEF Students’ Forum and the ASEF Rectors' Conference. We warmly welcome all ASEM partners to Romania, from 11th to 16th May 2019, to actively take part in the engaging and constructive debates under the overarching theme “Connecting education: inclusion, mobility and excellence in support of the Sustainable Development Goals”.


Additional information:

The Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) is an intergovernmental process, launched in 1996, in Bangkok, to amplify the dialogue between Asia and Europe. The ASEM partners include the EU Member States, Norway, Switzerland, the European Commission, the ASEAN Secretariat (Nations Association of South East Asian Nations) and 20 Asian countries: the 10 ASEAN members (Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, the Philippines, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam), alongside Australia, Bangladesh, PR China, R. Korea, India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Russia.

Romania has been participating in ASEM since the 1st of January 2007. Formal membership of our country took place at the ASEM 7 Summit (Beijing, 2008). At the ASEM Summit in 2016 in Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia), ASEM leaders decided to establish the ASEM Day on the 1st of March to promote the importance and visibility of this partnership under the slogan "Asia meets Europe / Europe meets Asia Day". Marked at the level of all 51 countries and 2 partner organizations, this day symbolizes a new stage in ASEM's evolution, in which connectivity, in all its dimensions - political, economic, digital, institutional, socio-cultural and interpersonal - is the key concept. The next ASEM Summit will take place in the Kingdom of Cambodia, in 2020.