ASEM
Event Types

ASEM works through meetings and activities organised at different levels. Below is a list of ASEM event types based on their hierarchies.

Summits
Attended by Heads of State and Government of the European and Asian 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 Asia-Europe Parliamentary Partnership Meeting (ASEP), 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 European and Asian 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 Ministers’ 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
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.

Other 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.

ASEM Glossary

  • ASEM
    Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM)

  • ASEM Partners
    30 European & 21 Asian countries & 2 regional organisations participating in the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM)
  • ASEM##
    ##th ASEM Summit
  • ASEM FMM##
    ##th ASEM Foreign Ministers' Meeting

  • ASEM FinMM##
    ##th ASEM Finance Ministers' Meeting

  • ASEM CMM##
    ##th ASEM Culture Ministers' Meeting

  • ASEM EMM##
    ##th ASEM Economic Ministers' Meeting

  • ASEM ME##
    ##th ASEM Education Ministers' Meeting

  • ASEM LEMC##
    ##th ASEM Labour & Employment Ministers' Conference

  • ASEM TMM##
    ##th ASEM Transport Ministers' Meeting

  • ASEM EnvMM##
    ##th ASEM Environment Ministers' Meeting

  • ASEM ESMC##
    ##th ASEM Ministerial Conference on Energy Security
  • ASEM SOM## for …
    ##th ASEM Senior Officials' Meeting for ASEM Summits, ASEM Foreign Ministers' Meetings & overall coordination of the ASEM Process (MFAs)

  • APGC##
    ## Meeting of ASEM Pathfinder Group on Connectivity
  • ASEM MGM#
    #th ASEM Meeting of Governors & Mayors

  • ##AWC
    ##th Meeting of the ASEM Working Group on Customs Matters