Joint Communication on ‘Connecting Europe and Asia – Building blocks for an EU strategy’

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Series Details (2018) 31, 19.9.2018
Publication Date 19/09/2018
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On 19 September 2018 the European Commission and the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy presented a joint communication on improving Euro-Asian connectivity.

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The relationship between the European Union and Asia is of global significance and the ties are likely to increase in the coming years. For both Europe and Asia, growing global interdependence is an opportunity for increased cooperation, for peaceful political cooperation, fair and stronger economic relations, comprehensive societal dialogue and collaboration on international and regional security.

To make a further step change in that cooperation and to unlock opportunities within the global economy, the EU and Asia should ensure an efficient and sustainable connectivity. Connectivity contributes to economic growth and jobs, global competitiveness and trade, and people, goods and services to move across and between Europe and Asia.

This Communication presents the building blocks towards an EU strategy on connecting Europe and Asia, with concrete policy proposals and initiatives to improve connections between Europe and Asia, including through interoperable transport, energy and digital networks.

The Communication was also part of the EU contribution for the 12th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) in October 2018, which offered the opportunity to promote connectivity and advance cooperation with Asian partners.

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