1. The 18th ASEAN-EU Joint Co-operation Committee (JCC) Meeting was held on 30 November 2010 at the ASEAN Secretariat and attended by the Committee of Permanent Representatives to ASEAN, the European Commission and the ASEAN Secretariat. The Meeting was co-chaired by Her Excellency Pengiran Hajjah Basmillah Pengiran Haji Abbas, Permanent Representative of Brunei Darussalam to ASEAN and Mr. Seamus Gillespie, Head of Unit, External Relations, Directorate-General of the European Commission.
2. The Meeting welcomed the 30th anniversary of the signing of the ASEAN-EEC Co-operation Agreement on 7 March 1980 in Kuala Lumpur. The Meeting expressed satisfaction at the significant cooperation that has been achieved since then in the areas of political-security, economic and socio-cultural cooperation.
3. The Meeting recalled the successful outcome of the 18th ASEAN-EU Ministerial Meeting (AEMM) held on 26 May 2010 in Madrid, Spain, during which the Ministers agreed to further strengthen relations between the two regions through deepening political engagement and developing comprehensive co-operation, based on the Plan of Action to Implement the Nuremberg Declaration on an ASEAN-EU Enhanced Partnership for the period 2007-2012 and its subsequent periodic lists of activities, namely the Phnom Penh Agenda (2009-2010) and the new Indicative List of Activities for 2011 – 2012, which was agreed by the Ministers at the 18th AEMM.
4. The Meeting exchanged views on the latest developments in both ASEAN and the EU. The EU side welcomed the outcome of the recent 17th ASEAN Summit and Related Summits in Ha Noi, where ASEAN Leaders reviewed the good progress made in implementing the Roadmap for ASEAN Community and the ASEAN Charter. With regard to developments in the EU, the ASEAN side welcomed the ratification and entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty and the appointments of the President of the European Council and the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission. The ASEAN side also welcomed information on the institutional changes in relation to EU Foreign Policy.
5. In response to the EU’s interest to accede to the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia (TAC), the Meeting welcomed the signing of the Third Protocol amending the TAC on 23 July 2010 during the 43rd ASEAN Foreign Ministers and related meetings in Ha Noi. The entry into force of the Protocol will provide a more inclusive nature to the TAC, enabling accession by, not only states but also regional organisations whose members are Sovereign States, such as the EU. The Meeting looked forward to its full ratification by all the High Contracting Parties and the EU’s accession to the TAC once the Third Protocol enters into force.
6. The Meeting noted that ASEAN’s trade with its Dialogue Partners remained strong despite the global financial/economic crisis, with the EU continuing to be ASEAN’s second largest trading partner and the biggest source of investment flows with a share of 18.5%. Moreover, the Meeting took note of preliminary figures which indicated a sharp recovery of ASEAN-EU trade flows in the first half of 2010.
7. The Meeting recalled the outcome of the 9th AEM-EU Consultations held on 27 August 2010 in Da Nang, Viet-Nam, during which the Ministers expressed their commitment to further strengthening trade relations and economic cooperation between ASEAN and the EU and looked forward to the next SEOM-EU Consultations advancing these further.
8. The Meeting noted with satisfaction the visit of the ASEAN Committee of Permanent Representatives (CPR’s) to Brussels and Berlin last July. ASEAN highly appreciated the generous support of the Federal Republic of Germany and the European Commission in hosting the visit. The CPR also expressed appreciation for the opportunity to gain firsthand information on EU institutions and its decision-making processes as well as the sharing of experiences on their successes and challenges in their integration process. The visit also reflected the commitment and desire of both sides to promote closer ASEAN-EU cooperation and is part of efforts to implement the Plan of Action to Implement the Nuremberg Declaration on an Enhanced ASEAN-EU Partnership for the period 2007-2012.
9. The Meeting reviewed ASEAN-EU development cooperation programmes that have been implemented since the last ASEAN-EU JCC meeting in February 2009 in Phnom Penh. The Meeting commended the effective implementation of ongoing programmes, which mainly falls under the Regional Indicative Programme 2005-2006 and Multi Annual Indicative Programme (MIP) 2007-2010. The Meeting expressed satisfaction that the programmes carried forward also contribute to the implementation of Phnom Penh Agenda.
10. With the adoption of the three ASEAN Community Blueprints, the ASEAN side expressed appreciation to the EU for its continued support towards timely achievement of an ASEAN Community by 2015. The EU’s continuous support is reflected in the broad-ranging ongoing and future programmes that aim to meet ASEAN needs and priorities in each ASEAN Community Pillar. The Meeting looked forward to the launching of the three programmes in 2011 namely the Enhancing ASEAN FTA Negotiating Capacity/Support to the ASEAN-EU FTA negotiating process, ASEAN Air Transport Integration Project (AATIP), Regional EC-ASEAN Dialogue Instrument (READI) Facility and ASEAN Economic Integration Support Programme (AEISP).
11. The ASEAN side welcomed the EU’s commitment to provide up to € 30 million support to implement ASEAN priorities and needs under its MIP 2011-2013. The Meeting took note that MIP 2011-2013 aims to mainly facilitate the implementation of the ASEAN Charter, the Roadmap for an ASEAN Community 2009-2015 and the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity.
12. The Meeting agreed to convene the 19th ASEAN-EU JCC Meeting in 2011 at the ASEAN Secretariat.