Today is the very first edition of ASEM (Asia-Europe Meeting) Day. Latvia has been part of the ASEM cooperation format since joining the European Union in 2004. This partnership enables Latvia to be part of a major international framework and meet at the highest level with officials from the Asian countries to promote Latvia’s interests both in politics and economics.
Latvia’s special priorities in the ASEM format lie in transport and education. Latvia organised and Riga hosted ASEM ministerial meetings in these sectors in 2015.
In July 2016, the President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis took part in the ASEM Summit in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. This coming November, the Minister of Foreign Affairs intends to participate in the ASEM Foreign Ministers in Myanmar. The next summit has been scheduled for 2018 in Brussels.
ASEM is the key platform for cooperation between Asia and Europe, involving 53 member states and representing 60% of the world's population, 60% of global GDP and 60% of global trade. ASEM brings together Europe’s and Asia’s leading policymakers, business representatives and civil society actors. The ASEM cooperation is based on three pillars – political, economic and cultural.