Europe and Asia share a long history of multilateral and bilateral relations. The various political, economic and cultural ties have always been very tight and thus, both regions have many things in common.

Despite these long-standing relations, new challenges are currently emerging. These recent developments make it necessary to create a common future for Europe and Asia. In order to establish a platform for exchange, enhance the understanding of European and Asian policymakers of common current as well as possible future challenges and recommend required policy frameworks, this project was initiated by the European Commission, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, East Asian Institute, European Policy Centre and its associate European Union Centre Singapore.  

The „EU-Asia Dialogue“ was launched to the public on February 16, 2012, in Singapore and on March 21, 2012, in Brussels, Belgium. Eighty percent of the project`s budget is provided by the European Commission and twenty percent by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung of Germany through funds of the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. 

The overall objective is to contribute to the formulation of relevant sustainable development policies for framing a comprehensive and constructive partnership between Asia and the EU as well as its member states. The stakeholders shall become aware of the regional and cross-regional developments in order to identify both short- and long-term challenges, to prevent their emergence and solve them at an early stage.

Additionally, the cooperation between different communities to share experiences and work together to address these challenges shall be strengthened. This mutual exchange of knowledge on policy and research level will help the relevant actors to tackle these issues.

The topics identified to be examined in this project to achieve these objectives are:

  1. Climate Change Diplomacy
  2. Eco-Cities
  3. Migration / Integration
  4. Social Cohesion
  5. Human Trafficking
  6. Maritime Piracy and Security
  7. Food Security

The final beneficiaries will be policymakers, researchers, civil society, opinion leaders and the general public in Europe and Asia. Representatives from the academia and policymakers from Asia and Europe will participate in the events as they are the direct target groups. To ensure an equitable participation of both regions, activities will be implemented in different countries of the two continents.

Project Facts

Project Title: Shaping a Common Future for Europe and Asia – Sharing Policy Innovation and Best Practices in Addressing Common Challenges (“EU-Asia Dialogue”)

Project Duration: 39 months (1st January 2012-31st March 2015)

Project Location: Singapore (headquarter), Austria, Belgium, Cambodia, PR China, France, Germany, Malaysia, Nepal, The Netherlands, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sweden, and United Kingdom (venues)

Applicant: Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS)


  • East Asian Institute (EAI)
  • European Policy Centre (EPC)
  • EU Centre in Singapore (EUC)

Funding: European Commission, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS), Germany