A decision on the enlargement of ASEM at the Helsinki Summit

11 Sep 2006, 17:09

Press conference by the ASEM 6 Summit Chairman, the Prime Minister of Finland, Matti Vanhanen. (Prime Minister's Office/Lehtikuva)The leaders of 38 Asian and European countries and the President of the European Commission concluded their two-day ASEM 6 Summit in Helsinki on 11 September 2006.

In its closing stages, the summit approved guidelines for the future of the cooperation process between the two continents and adopted a decision on the admission of six new partners. Bulgaria and Romania from Europe and India, Mongolia, Pakistan and the ASEAN Secretariat on the Asian side will join the ASEM process. The Heads of State or Government also adopted two declarations.

The aim of the Declaration on Climate Change is to add momentum to efforts to reach agreement in international climate negotiations. “This sends a strong signal to the world that ASEM intends to tackle the threat that climate change poses to sustainable development”, said Prime Minister Vanhanen.

The other declaration, the Helsinki Declaration on the Future of ASEM, contains guidelines and practical recommendations for developing cooperation in the future. 

The ASEM 6 Summit, attended by almost 1,500 delegates, was the largest ever meeting at the level of Heads of State or Government hosted by Finland. The next ASEM Summit, ASEM 7, will be held in Beijing, China, in October 2008.

Press release
Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen at the closing ceremony
Chairman's Statement of the Sixth Asia-Europe Meeting Helsinki
ASEM 6 Declaration on Climate Change Helsinki
Helsinki Declaration on the Future of ASEM
Calendar of ASEM events 2006-2008
List of ASEM Initiatives
ASEM 6: Overview and report 


Thanks from the ASEM 6 web team

28 Dec 2006, 14:55

This website served as the main information channel for the Summit. The site was released on 1 May and updated during Finland's EU Presidency, in the second half of 2006. After the end of the Finnish Presidency the site will no longer be updated. There were around 102 000 unique visitors to the site between 1 May and 30 September 2006.

The site’s content was created by Finland's EU Presidency web team, located in the Prime Minister's Office, in close cooperation with ASEM 6 Secretariat, located in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. We who worked on the website would like thank all those who contributed to the project and to everyone who took part in the ASEM 6 Summit.