At the fourteenth EU-China Summit held in Beijing on 14 February 2012, leaders of the two sides agreed to establish the EU-China High Level People-to-People Dialogue (HPPD).
The EU-China HPPD, the third pillar of EU-China relations, will complement the two existing pillars – the High Level Economic and Trade Dialogue and the High Level Strategic Dialogue. The HPPD will be the overarching mechanism, which will accommodate all EU-China joint initiatives in the field of people to people exchange.
On 18 April 2012 the EU and China held in Brussels the first round of the HPPD. On that occasion Commissioner Vassiliou and State Councillor Liu Yandong signed an HPPD Joint Declaration and endorsed a document with follow-up actions.
As a follow-up to the first round of the dialogue, an HPPD Forum was held in Flagey in the afternoon of the same day. More than 500 people from both EU and Chinese side participated in the event. The aim of the Forum was to provide a lively platform for dialogue, discussion and exchange of ideas on Education, Youth and Culture issues. Three parallel sessions and a plenary closing session with both leaders were held to discuss current and future EU-China cooperation in these fields.
The EU and China have been closely cooperating in the last few years on education & training, culture, multilingualism and, from 2011, youth policy.