Does the EU play a driving role in the development of ASEAN’s regional integration? The EU’s declaratory and material support for the development of ASEAN’s regional integration has been abundant and explicit. The European Commission’s A New Partnership with South-East Asia (2003) states that

The EU must stand ready to fully support ASEAN’s integration efforts with an open mind and in the fields where assistance is requested. In particular the EU can share its half-century’s worth of experience in regional integration and provide technical assistance that is needed to reinforce ASEAN institutions.