The Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) was created in 1996 as a forum for dialogue and cooperation between Europe and Asia. Every two years, ASEM Heads of State and Government meet at a summit to set ASEM's priorities. These Summits are held alternatively in Asia and Europe.
The 10th Asia-Europe Meeting Summit (ASEM10) was chaired by the President of the European Council and hosted by the Government of Italy. The Summit was held on 16-17 October 2014 in the Italian city of Milan.
The theme of the 10th ASEM Summit (ASEM10), "Responsible Partnership for Growth & Security", reflected the enlarging scope of the EU-Asia relationship. The meeting provided a key opportunity to convey a strong message of commitment of Europe to Asia.
- Responsible – both Europe and Asia should act responsibly, abiding by their joint commitment to environmental protection, social dialogue, eradicating poverty, promotion and protection of human rights, etc.
- Partnership – ASEM is increasingly moving towards a broader-based partnership to address jointly global and regional challenges.
- Sustainable Growth – We have an interest to strengthen our economies and to pursue structural reforms both in Europe and Asia to underpin economic. We are committed to strengthening mutual trade and investment.
- Security – There is no growth/development without security in the broader sense – maritime security, non-traditional security, social security, food security, nuclear security, etc. The EU will emphasise its ambition to be seen as a constructive and reliable player in the evolving regional security architecture.