1. The Community recognises that ASEAN is a developing region and will strengthen its cooperation with ASEAN to contribute to ASEAN`s efforts to strengthen its economic autonomy and resilience and social well-being through projects aimed at accelerating the development of ASEAN countries and the region as a whole. Relations between the two regions are gradually developing and developing on the economic, political and cultural fronts. The dialogue between the two regions was strengthened by numerous technical meetings and the two annual ministerial meetings. While much of the relationship between Europe and Southeast Asia has in the past focused on the development of Southeast Asia, the emphasis on cooperation has become a diplomatic priority, in which both sides conflict regional and international issues, and a new emphasis on non-traditional risks and support for regional integration.  A cooperation agreement between the European Community and ASEAN countries was signed in March 1980 at the second EC-ASEAN ministerial meeting in Kuala Lumpur. This agreement paved the way for closer economic and trade relations between the two sides. This framework agreement sets targets for trade, economic and development cooperation. It aims to promote trade, investment and business between the two regions.  Relations between ASEAN and the EU were marked by disputes in the 1990s. Human rights were a subject of controversy. East Timor and Burma were other points of disagreement that were resolved by becoming bilateral issues between Indonesia and Portugal and Burma and the EU, which removed them from any discussion between ASEAN and the EU. With East Timor`s independence, this has no longer weighed on ASEAN-EU relations.
 The EU is an important development partner of ASEAN. ASEAN benefits from cooperation under the programme, funded by a large number of EU sources. Programmes are funded by the EU from a wide range of sources ranging from regional budgets to specific budgets.  Part of EU-ASEAN cooperation is provided through EU funding programmes. For the period 2007-2013, the EU, through the ASEAN secretariat, allocates EUR 70 million at the regional level. This amount is expected to increase in the next period of 2014-2020. The EU is ASEAN`s largest donor.  5.
The parties encourage and facilitate the promotion of cooperation between funding sources in both regions. In 2007, the Nuremberg Declaration on the Enhanced EU-ASEAN Partnership was signed and an action plan for the implementation of the Declaration was adopted in 2007. The EU and its member states began appointing ambassadors as ASEAN representatives in 2009, as soon as the ASEAN Charter came into force. Following the ASEAN Charter, the EU and ASEAN wanted to develop cooperation.  The first ASEAN-EU Economic Summit (AEBS) was held in 2011.  Informal relations between the two regions were initiated in 1972 by the ASEAN Special Coordinating Committee.