In August 2017, the ASEAN-EU Plan of Action replaced the Bandar Seri Begawan Plan of Action to strengthen the ASEAN-EU Enhanced Partnership (2013-2017).
ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) and the EU (European Union) shall pursue cooperation in conformity with their obligations under international law, and in accordance with their respective domestic laws, regulations and policies.
The Cultural Diplomacy Platform is especially interested in the third strand of the Plan, which tackles socio-cultural cooperation:
3.1.Enhance cooperation in education, academic and cultural exchanges
(a) Maximise cooperation on students’ exchange in ASEAN and the EU throughthe EU’s programme for education, training, youth and sports, as well as national programmes in EU Member States and ASEAN countries;
(b) Strengthen collaboration between international educational organisations in ASEAN Member States and the EU to enhance the quality of education in areas in line with the ASEAN Work Plan on Education 2016-2020;
(c) Promote greater cultural understanding and awareness between ASEAN and the EU, as well as the exchange of experience and expertise on public policy in the field of culture; and
(d)Facilitate interaction between EU Member States and ASEAN University Network.
- The full Plan of Action is available here.