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Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN)

Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN)

The final negotiations for a Free Trade Agreement between Singapore and the EU were completed in December 2012, both parties initialed the text on 20 September 2013, whilst negotiations on investment protection are continuing.

The EU is negotiating Free Trade Agreements with Malaysia, Vietnam and Thailand.

The EU's door remains open to start negotiations with other partners in the region and hopes one day to complete these agreements with a region-to-regional trade agreement.

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ASEAN countries:

ASEAN as a whole represents the EU's 3rd largest trading partner outside Europe (after the US and China) with more than €206 billion of trade in goods and services in 2011.

The EU is ASEAN 2nd largest trading partner after China, accounting for around 11% of ASEAN trade.

The EU is by far the largest investor in ASEAN countries. EU companies have invested around €9.1 billion annually on average (2000-2009).

The EU's main exports to ASEAN are chemical products, machinery and transport equipment. The main imports from ASEAN to the EU are machinery and transport equipment, agricultural products as well as textiles and clothing.

EU-ASEAN Community "trade in goods" statistics

Trade in goods 2010-2012, € billions
Year EU imports EU exports Balance
2010 87.3 61.6 -25.7
2011 95.5 69.1 -26.4
2012 100.1 81.3 -18.8

EU-ASEAN (Association Of South-East Asian Nations) "trade in services" statistics

Trade in services 2009-2011, € billions
Year EU imports EU exports Balance
2009 18.2 21.9 3.7
2010 21.0 24.9 3.9
2011 23.8 27.3 3.5

Foreign direct investment

Foreign direct investment 2011, € billions
Year Inward stocks Outward stocks Balance
2011 71.5 199.6 128.1

More statistics on ASEAN

EU and the ASEAN

Besides the trade negotiations with individual ASEAN members, the EU cooperates closely with the ASEAN region as a whole. Cooperation is maintained through:

  • an EU-ASEAN Dialogue which includes discussions on trade and investment issues at ministerial and senior economic officials levels.
  • the EU and the ASEAN Secretariat conduct seminars on topics such as regional economic integration, liberalisation of services, technical barriers to trade and trade facilitation.

Trading with ASEAN