ASEM works through meetings and activities organised at different levels. Below is a list of ASEM event types based on their hierarchy.
Attended by Heads of State and Government of the ASEM countries, the Presidents of the European Council and of the European Commission, and the ASEAN Secretary General. They serve as the highest level of decision-making in the ASEM Process, and are held every second year, altering between Asia and Europe.
In conjunction with the Summit, side events such as the Asia-Europe Parliamentary Partnership Meeting (ASEP), the Asia-Europe Business Forum (AEBF), the Asia-Europe People’s Forum (AEPF), and the ASEF Young Leaders Summit (ASEFYLS) are organised.
Foreign Ministers’ Meetings
Attended by the EU's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security policy, Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the ASEM countries and the ASEAN Secretary General. They have the responsibility for the overall coordination of the ASEM Process and are a driving force of the ASEM political dialogue.
Other Ministerial Meetings
Finance, Culture, Economic, Education, Labour, Transport, Environment and Employment Ministers meet on a regular basis to discuss issues of mutual concern. Additional ministerial conferences are held irregularly on specific issues and areas that are not covered by the main ministerial meetings.
Senior Officials’ Meetings (SOMs)
The meetings bring together high-level civil servants from the Foreign Ministries of all ASEM Partners for the overall coordination of the ASEM Process. Sectoral SOMs are also held in preparation of the various ministerial meetings.
The meetings include Customs Directors-General Meetings, Conferences of Directors-General of Immigration, Mayors and Governors' Meetings or ad hoc activities on topics such as sustainable development, nuclear safety, disaster risk reduction, biodiversity and others.
ASEM Initiatives & Other Activities
ASEM Initiatives and other activates are organised by ASEM Partners on a wide range of topics of mutual interests.