Closer people-to-people contacts are a core component of the deepening EU-ASEAN relationship. For many decades, the EU’s social and cultural cooperation activities have supported ASEAN’s commitment to improving the quality of everyone’s life in the region, through people-centered and social responsible action. Inspired by the vibrant friendship of the EU and ASEAN that has been established since 1977, we encourage youth to share the unique culture of ASEAN to their friends in the European Union.

The EU in Brief

The EU is a unique economic and political partnership between 28 democratic European countries. It has delivered over half a century of peace, stability and prosperity, and is progressively building a single market in which people, goods, services and capital move freely. These achievements were celebrated internationally in 2012 when the EU was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

With more than 508 million inhabitants, and responsible for one quarter of the world’s gross domestic product, the EU is a global force. It is the biggest economy and the largest exporter and importer of goods and services in the world, accounting for one fifth of worldwide trade. Assuming a commensurate role in global governance, the EU actively promotes human rights and democracy, and contributes to finding solutions for the 21st century’s global challenges.

The EU and ASEAN: Four Decades of Friendship

EU-ASEAN links boost economic growth, social progress and cultural development by enhancing connectivity and promoting peace and stability.

The EU and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are the two most advanced regional integration projects in the world. Both are committed to addressing issues through a multilateral approach, and both are committed to regional integration as the most effective way to foster stability, build prosperity and address global challenges. The EU and ASEAN are therefore natural partners, which share the same goals for their citizens.

Like the EU, ASEAN is a global force. Collectively, the ten ASEAN Member States, with a combined population of 625 million people, constitute the seventh largest economy in the world and the fourth largest economy in Asia. The EU therefore has a significant interest in ASEAN’s success, and ASEAN in turn has much to gain from interacting with the EU as the most successful integration project in the world, the largest market, the main provider of direct investments, the main donor, and an increasingly credible security actor.

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