BRUSSELS, 25-Sep-2018 — /EuropaWire/ — MEPs and MPs from EU member states, 18 Asian countries and Russia, Australia, New Zealand, Norway and Switzerland will debate the environmental challenges that Asia and Europe are facing: sustainable development and the circular economy, urban areas management, cooperating on water resources, waste treatment and plastic reduction, food security and clean technologies. They will also prepare their input for the ASEM summit to be held 18-19 October in Brussels.
EP President Antonio Tajani will kick off the plenary session on 27 September at 10.30. This will be followed by a welcome speech from the ASEP 9 meeting host Mr Yondonperenlei Baatarbileg (Mongolia), Ms Shirin Sharmin Cahudhury, speaker of the Bangladesh Parliament, Ms Ana Maria Pastor Julian, President of the Congress of deputies (Spain), Ms Gloria Arroyo, Speaker of the House of Representatives (Philippines) and Mr Zhang Zhijun, Vice-Chairman of the Committee of Foreign Affairs (China).
A detailed draft programme of the event is available here.
A press point with EP Vice-President for relations with Asia Heidi Hautala (Greens, FI) is scheduled for Thursday, 27 September, at 12:30 in front of Hemicycle (Paul Henri Spaak building).
Practical information for journalists
Journalists that already hold permanent media accreditation with the European Parliament will be able to access the event. For those not holding permanent media accreditation, requests to attend the conference can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Video and photo journalists should get special accreditation (“T-badge”) to be allowed to use their cameras during the conference.
The Asia-Europe Parliamentary Partnership (ASEP) meeting is part of the overall Asia-Europe partnership, which provides a forum for inter-parliamentary debates, information-sharing and promotes mutual understanding of global issues. ASEP meetings are convened on a bi-annual basis before the ASEM Summit, alternately in Asia and in Europe.
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SOURCE: European Parliament