This major event brings together Foreign and Energy Ministers from the 45 members of Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) to discuss energy policy and possibilities for cooperation between Europe and Asia. Topics on the agenda were energy security choices, sustainable energy, and trade and investment in energy. The event was opened by Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner, European Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy, and Commissioner Andris Piebalgs, European Commissioner for Energy, who gave the keynote speeches on Energy Policy. This dialogue between European and Asian Ministers and Senior Officials was mandated by the ASEM 7 Summit in Beijing in October 2008 when European and Asian Leaders had an exchange of views on Energy Security. Already at the 8th ASEM Foreign Ministers’ Meeting held on 28-29 May 2007 in Hamburg, Germany, energy and climate change were discussed, and Commissioner Ferrero-Waldner stressed the importance of developing the dialogue on these topics. Those discussions were carried forward through ASEM when Vietnam hosted the ASEM Forum on Energy Security Policy in Hanoi in April 2008.
The European Commission has funded (through the ASEM Dialogue Facility) studies of Energy Trends in the 43 ASEM countries of Asia and Europe and of the Energy Profiles of each of the ASEM member countries.