ASEM Cultural Festival 2019

The European External Action Service (EEAS) is the European Union’s diplomatic service. Its role is to make sure the voice of the European Union and its people are heard in the world. A key aspect of the work of the EEAS is its ability to work closely with the foreign and defence ministries of the member states of the EU and the other EU institutions such as the European Commission, Council and Parliament. It also has a strong working relationship with the United Nations and other International Organisations.

The European Commission’s Service for Foreign Policy Instruments (FPI) was set up in January 2011, at the same time as the European External Action Service (EEAS). Under the direct authority of the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice President of the European Commission, and in close coordination with the European External Action Service, its mission is to help the EU achieve its foreign and security policy objectives. The Service for Foreign Policy Instruments handles on a daily basis a diverse and complex set of financial and regulatory instruments: the Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace, the Partnership Instrument, Common Foreign and Security Policy actions, Election Observation Missions, EU restrictive measures (sanctions), the Kimberley Process on conflict diamonds, and the Anti-Torture Regulation.

The Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation leads Spanish foreign policy and international development cooperation, in accordance with the directives of the Government and the application of the principle of unity of action in foreign affairs. This ministry collaborates and/or participates in different administrative formulae in numerous organisations and institutions, as is the case with Casa Asia, which is part of the network of organisations “Red de Casas” alongside Casa de América, Casa África, Casa Árabe, Casa Mediterráneo and the Sefarad-Israel Centre.

The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) promotes understanding, strengthens relationships and facilitates cooperation among the people, institutions and organisations of Asia and Europe. ASEF enhances dialogue, enables exchanges and encourages collaboration across the thematic areas of culture, education, governance, economy, sustainable development, public health and media. ASEF is an intergovernmental not-for-profit organisation located in Singapore. Founded in 1997, it is the only institution of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM). ASEF runs more than 25 projects a year, consisting of around 100 activities, mainly conferences, seminars, workshops, lectures, publications, and online platforms, together with about 150 partner organisations. For more information, please visit

Casa Asia is a public consortium consisting of the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, the Generalitat of Catalonia, and the Barcelona and Madrid city councils. Casa Asia aims to contribute to better understanding between Spain and Asian countries and to promote institutional, economic, cultural and educational relations as well as encouraging exchanges in the domains of culture, ideas and projects of shared interest. The institution is nowadays a reference and meeting point in Spain with regard to one of the world’s most dynamic regions: Asia-Pacific. Its headquarters are in Barcelona, and it also has a centre in Madrid.