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The Road to 45

ASEAN | 9 May - 6 August 2022

To mark the 45th anniversary of EU-ASEAN bilateral relations and Europe Day 2022, the EU Delegation to ASEAN (EUD) will produce a series of 14 testimonial videos featuring prominent individuals from EU and ASEAN who have contributed to this region-to-region partnership over the last 45 years, as well as insights from young leaders and influencers on how the relationship should continue to evolve.

The messages from old and young generations aim to raise awareness of historical developments and significant achievements so far, including shared commitments to a rules-based international order, effective and sustainable multilateralism, and free and fair trade. ‘The Road to 45’ series also highlights why the EU-ASEAN partnership is more important than ever in achieving long-term goals and mutual aspirations, especially within the current context of climate change, the COVID-19 pandemic and Russian war of aggression against Ukraine.

Each of the interviews will be conducted by Ambassador Ma. Angelina Miciano Sta. Catalina, former Director of the Foreign Service Institute of the Department of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines and former Filipino Ambassador to Finland.

Starting from Europe Day on 9 May, the EUD will publish one video a week, with the final instalment coinciding with the ASEAN Day on 6 August. The first video features Benjie Aquino, a young leader in the Philippines and a member of the EU Youth Sounding Board. He discusses how the youth should be empowered to play a pivotal role in shaping region-to-region dialogue.

Follow the European Union in ASEAN Facebook page to watch all episodes of ‘The Road to 45’.

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