International Conference on “Forty Years of ASEAN-EU Cooperation: Achievements and the Way Forward”

The European Economic Community (EEC) — later renamed the European Community and incorporated into the European Union (EU) — and the ASEAN established formal relations in 1977 through the 10th ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting; these relations were institutionalized with the signing of the ASEAN–EEC Cooperation Agreement in March 1980. In 1977 there were nine Members States of the EEC and five Member States of ASEAN, whereas 40 years later the combined membership of these two regional organizations has grown to 38. The EU and ASEAN have a dynamic partnership in a number of areas, from political dialogue, cooperation in non-traditional security areas, trade and investment relations, connectivity, to cooperation in community building among ASEAN Member States. ASEAN–EU relations are guided by the Nuremberg Declaration on an EU–ASEAN Enhanced Partnership, adopted in March 2007. The Declaration sets out a long-term vision and commitment for both sides to work together.

Over the forty years, opportunities and threats have gone global. Europe and Southeast Asia are closer than ever; what happens on one side of the world matters to another, and vice versa. Trade routes are global, and a security issue in Asia-Pacific can affect the whole world: just think of the situation in the Korean peninsula. Against these great changes, we are also moving fast. Cooperation between the EU and ASEAN has never been closer – both bilaterally and in the international institutions. The common work spans from trade to counter-terrorism, from protecting our environment to defence issues. It is time to move to the next stage, working on a strategic partnership between the EU and ASEAN.

In order to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of ASEAN-EU Cooperation, to examine significant achievement, strengths, weaknesses, success and shortcomings of ASEAN-EU Cooperation over the 40 years, to mobilize ideas, experiences, recommendations and strategies for regional cooperation, peace, harmony and prosperity, and to envision the way forward for future ASEAN-EU cooperation, the International Relations Institute of Cambodia (IRIC) in cooperation with and funded by the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS), will organize an International Conference on “Forty Years of ASEAN-EU Cooperation: Achievements and the Way Forward” on 31 October 2018 in Phnom Penh, Kingdom of Cambodia.

The main topics of this conference will focus on cooperation between ASEAN and EU over the 40 years by examining the significant achievements made by these two organizations and identifying strengths, weaknesses, success and shortcomings, and envisioning the way forward for future ASEAN-EU cooperation by focusing on three dimensions: Political and Security Cooperation, Economic Cooperation, and Socio-Cultural Cooperation and Connectivity. IRIC will invite speakers and commentators from ASEAN and EU countries and Cambodian dignities and scholars to share their insightful knowledge and perspectives.

IRIC is planning to invite 200 national and international guests including important dignitaries, diplomatic corps, professors, researchers, scholars and students to participate in this conference. Director General of ASEAN National Secretariat of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, ASEAN Secretary/Representative, EU Ambassador to Cambodia/Representative and German Ambassador to Cambodia/Representative, will be invited to deliver their opening remarks. His Excellency Academician Sok Touch, President of the Royal Academy of Cambodia will preside over the opening and closing sessions of the conference.

Contact Persons:

Dr. Kin Phea
Director General
International Relations Institute of Cambodia
H/P: (855) 12 775 324, (855) 87 775 324

Mr. Hean Sras
Permanent Secretary
International Relations Institute of Cambodia
H/P: (855) 89 856 678, (855) 86 403 007