9th Asia/Europe Summit: opening speech by José Manuel Barroso
On 5 November 2012, José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, participated in the 9th EU-ASEM Summit in Vientiane, Laos.
On this occasion, he gave an opening speech and stressed the central role of Europe-Asia relations and the the importance of addressing global challenges jointly. He recalled Europe's key role in Asia's recent development both through partnership in trade and through development aid targeted at the poorest in the region. He also pledged for a joint approach towards common challenges.
The ASEM9 Summit brings together 51 ASEM Partners from Europe and Asia. Norway, Switzerland and Bangladesh are joining for the first time. The two-day talks will focus on economic, financial, global and regional issues, social and cultural cooperation and the future direction of ASEM and Asia-Europe relations. SHOTLISTLINK