Council of the European Union adopts Europe-Asia strategy
The Council of the European Union has adopted conclusions on 'Connecting Europe and Asia – Building blocks for an EU strategy' to feed into the upcoming Asia-Europe meeting (ASEM) summit. The conclusions state that the EU will promote an approach which is sustainable, comprehensive, and rules-based, and will advance investment and trade. This European approach is based on standards of social and environmental protection and inspired by the EU's internal market, promoting higher levels of quality of life with respect for individual rights. The Council calls for strengthened cooperation at the regional level between the EU and Asia, saying that the EU should consider developing regional approaches for sustainable connectivity, identifying opportunities for cooperation.