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EU-Asia Connectivity

Building Bridges for a Sustainable Future
Charlemagne Building, Brussels
27 September 2019
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About the Forum

This event built on the recent European Commission Communication Connecting Europe and Asia: Building Blocks for an EU Strategy. It is a first concrete manifestation of facilitating much deeper ties between Europe and Asia in promoting shared values and joint interests: from upholding the rules-based, multilateral order and developing high standards for digital and physical infrastructure, to embracing sustainability and clean technologies.

In a mix of keynote addresses by high-ranking politicians and business leaders as well as interactive panels, speakers explored connectivity as a global megatrend, and extrapolated what it means for the EU-Asia relationship as well as the wider world. In particular, connectivity was examined through various angles, from geopolitics and economics to standards and finance. 

The Forum took place on Friday 27 September 2019, from 09h00 to 17h30 in the Charlemagne building, 170, rue de la Loi, Brussels. President Juncker invited Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, to open the event by his side, thus highlighting the key strategic partnership and unique bilateral relationship between the EU and Japan, including on connectivity.

This was further demonstrated through the signing of The Partnership on Sustainable Connectivity and Quality Infrastructure between the European Union and Japan, underlining the strategic importance of the EU-Japan partnership that both parties have been committed to strengthen over the last years.

You can read the official press release here.



Prime Minister, 

Humayon Qayoumi

Minister of Finance, 

Văn Bình

Chairman of the Central Economic Commission, Member of the Politburo and Secretariat of the Central Committee, 

Programme and other information

Video recordings

Speech by President Juncker

You can read the speech here.

Speech by Prime Minister Abe

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Presentation by Dr Parag Khanna: 'West meets East'