The High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini with Lê Lương Minh, Secretary-General of ASEAN pose for photo at ASEAN secretariat building , in Jakarta, Indonesia on April 9, 2016. The High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini will travel to Jakarta on 8 April for a two-day visit focusing on EU-Indonesia and EU-ASEAN relations. The visit will provide an opportunity to discuss a range of bilateral issues, including enhanced political dialogue, cooperation in the security field and on countering radicalisation, advancing trade relations, protecting the environment and combatting climate change, as well as matters of regional and international importance such as the South China Sea and the Middle East.

EU-ASEAN – From words to actions

As two of the most advanced regional organisations in the world, the EU and ASEAN are taking their relationship to the next level. The EU has become ASEAN’s biggest trading partner after China, and ASEAN now represents the EU’s third largest trading partner, with bilateral trade in goods and services reaching €246.6bn in 2014. ASEAN is also becoming an increasingly attractive investment destination for EU businesses, in part due to its efforts to drive regional economic integration and create an ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), which will allow the free flow of goods, services, investments, and skilled labour, and the freer movement of capital across the region. Politically, the appointment of a dedicated EU Ambassador to ASEAN in 2015 and the flurry of high-level visits to ASEAN, including by High Representative Mogherini and Commissioner Malmström, show the desire to upgrade relations to a more strategic level. The new ASEAN Community Vision for 2025, with its emphasis on building stronger people-to-people links, also opens new avenues for EU-ASEAN cooperation.

  • A year after it entered into force is the ASEAN Economic Community fulfilling its promises?
  • What are the main challenges encountered by EU businesses in ASEAN and vice versa and how could these be resolved?
  • Now that the EU has finalised Free Trade Agreements with two ASEAN member states, and is negotiating FTAs with 4 others, is it time for a region-to-region Free Trade Agreement?
  • How will Brexit affect EU-ASEAN trade and investment ties?


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12.00 – 12.30 Welcome and registration of participants
12.30 – 14.00 EU-ASEAN, from words to actions: the business view
14.00 End of debate

Introductory remarks by
Donald Kanak, Chairman of the EU-ASEAN Business Council

Moderated by
Shada Islam, Director Europe & Geopolitics at Friends of Europe


  • Peter Berz

    Head of Unit responsible for Southeast Asia at the European Commission Directorate General for Trade
    In his current position, Peter Berz is responsible for trade relations with South and South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand. He has held various positions in the European Commission throughout his career, including in the areas of intellectual property rights, textile trade and relations with the US and Canada. He was previously responsible for trade relations with the Far East.

  • Jose Antonio Buencamino

    Special Trade Representative and Commercial Counsellor at the Mission of the Philippines to the European Union
    Jose Antonio Buencamino currently coordinates the negotiations on the Philippines-EU Free Trade Agreement, and was previously the lead negotiator for trade and investments for the Philippines-EU Partnership Cooperation Framework Agreement. He also served as Assistant Minister of the Foreign Trade Service at the Department of Trade and Industry and as Senior Economic Official to ASEAN.

  • Carsten Hess

    Vice President and Head of Corporate Public Policy for Asia Pacific, Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa at Deutsche Post DHL Group
    Carsten Hess has worked in Corporate Public Policy at Deutsche Post DHL Group for over 13 years. Before taking up his position overseeing the Asia Pacific region in 2013, he was Head of European Corporate Representation for DP DHL in Brussels. He is also a member of the 2nd Expert Committee of the APEC E-Commerce Business Alliance.

  • Alessia Mosca

    Member of the European Parliament Committee on International Trade and S&D Shadow Rapporteur for the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (FTA)
    Alessia Mosca has been a Member of the European Parliament since 2014, where she is currently responsible for her group’s trade relations with China. She was previously a member of the Italian Parliament, where she signed the “Golfo-Mosca” law that introduced gender quotas in boards of listed companies. She is one of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders.

  • Guenter Taus

    President of the European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (ECCP) and Managing Director for JEC Philippines
    Guenter Taus heads the Philippines office of the Jardine Engineering Corporation (JEC), a leading provider of engineering and building services that operates across Asia. With over 30 years’ experience working in the Philippines, he previously held senior positions in the electronic, construction and waste management sectors.



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