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1. 3. 2018


1 March 2018 – 1 March marks ASEM Day (Asia-Europe Meeting Day) in celebration of the first ASEM summit held on 1 March 1996 in Bangkok.
The ASEM process includes 51 states and 2 international organisations from Asia and Europe. ASEM conducts various activities to further strengthen cooperation between the two regions, Asia and Europe, based on mutual respect and equality. The ASEM process, members of which account for 60% of global GDP and population, has great potential for the future. ASEM is also an irreplaceable forum, facilitating further deepening of relations between the two regions.
Every two years, alternately in Europe and Asia, leaders of ASEM process member countries meet at ASEM summits, holding debates on topical international and regional issues of common interest.
During the period from one ASEM summit to another, a number of ministerial meetings on individual fields of cooperation are taking place as part of the ASEM process, as well as meetings of senior officials, including a number of events and activities on migration, interreligious dialogue, the fight against terrorism, labour and employment, information and communication technology, communicable diseases, rural development, human rights, etc. ASEM political pillar’s activities focus on regular meetings of parliamentarians (ASEP), young parliamentarians and young politicians. The ASEM process, particularly the political pillar, is coordinated by the foreign ministries of member countries (ASEM SOM), while the economic pillar is coordinated by ministries of the economy (ASEM SOMTI), and the cultural pillar particularly by the Asia-Europe Foundation - ASEF.
Slovenia has been constructively participating in this process since 2004. The latest meeting of foreign ministers was held in Myanmar on 20 and 21 November 2017. The Slovenian delegation was headed by State Secretary, Ambassador Andrej Logar.
The next ASEM summit will be held this October in Brussels.
Slovenia will continue to advocate the same basic values as ASEM, such as the rule of law, democracy and free trade, and will participate actively in the activities of the forum, particularly in addressing common challenges facing the international community.