2 October 1997       Doc. 7937



      on the importance of closer links between

       Europe and the Asia-Pacific

      Economic Cooperation Forum (APEC)

      presented by Mr Blaauw and others

This motion has not been discussed in the Assembly and commits only the members who have signed it

1.       The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum (APEC), with its 17 participating countries all bordering the Pacific Ocean, unites many of the world's strongest and fastest growing economies, as well as middle income and poorer developing countries. With its flexible structure, APEC serves as an increasingly important vehicle for closer economic and political bonds between America and Asia, and as an engine for world economic growth.

2.       This notwithstanding, the relations of the larger Europe with APEC are still sporadic and piecemeal. The Assembly, with this in mind, calls for relations to be put on a firmer basis in order to further develop trade and investment, of particular interest to the countries of central and eastern Europe; to permit better monitoring of developments within APEC; to prepare issues of common concern for consideration by the World Trade Organisation, the OECD and other fora; and as a platform for the promotion of peace, democracy, human rights and friendly relations between the Asia-Pacific region and Europe.


      (see overleaf)

      Signed: 1

Blaauw, Netherlands, LDR

Atkinson, United Kingdom, EDG

Bloetzer, Switzerland, EPP

Cox, United Kingdom, SOC

Eltz, Croatia, EDG

Grenfell, United Kingdom, SOC

Johnston, United Kingdom, LDR

Lentz-Cornette, Luxembourg, EPP

Németh, Hungary, LDR

Schieder, Austria, SOC

Schwimmer, Austria, EPP

Severinsen, Denmark, LDR

Durrieu, France, SOC

1 .        SOC: Socialist Group

      EPP: Group of the European People's Party

      EDG: European Democratic Group

      LDR: Liberal, Democratic and Reformers Group

      UEL: Group of the Unified European Left

      NR: Not registered in any political group