Joint Declaration on the first round of the EU-China high-level people-to-people dialogue
The fourteenth EU-China Summit was held in Beijing on 14 February 2012. Leaders of the two sides agreed that deepening understanding and mutual trust between the two peoples was vital to the sustained and stable development of EU-China relations. In this regard, the two sides agreed to establish the EU-China High Level People-to-People Dialogue.
The first meeting of the EU-China High Level People-to-People Dialogue was held on 18 April 2012 in Brussels. Ms Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth and Ms Liu Yandong, State Councillor of the People’s Republic of China attended the meeting. The two sides reiterated the agreement between the leaders of both sides on the establishment of a third pillar of EU-China cooperation on "people to people" exchanges.
Commissioner Vassiliou and State Councillor Liu Yandong reviewed the achievements made by both sides on "people to people" exchanges in recent years. EU-China cooperation in the "people to people" area has experienced a marked acceleration in the last decade, and more especially in the last couple of years. Policy dialogues in education and training, culture, multilingualism, youth and research are already underway. These dialogues stem from joint declarations between China and the EU and have resulted in a large number of concrete outputs such as the reinforcement of student, teacher and researcher exchanges between China and the EU, the establishment of EU-China thematic years, the holding of high level cultural fora and the joint organisation of events, conferences and studies.
Commissioner Vassiliou and State Councillor Liu Yandong recalled the importance of the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement between the European Union and China and stressed the need of including within the Agreement specific references to people-to-people issues.
Commissioner Vassiliou and State Councillor Liu Yandong applauded the progress achieved in the field of people to people cooperation. Both sides would like to upgrade their cooperation in this area and to assemble a number of successful but separate joint initiatives under this single umbrella. The two sides share the same view on the following issues: