As the implementation of an annual forum to evaluate what has been achieved by the European Union (EU) and ASEAN, the 22nd ASEAN-EU Joint Cooperation Committee (JCC) meeting was held this year held on February 4 and 5, 2015 in Jakarta, where the ASEAN Secretariat is located. This meeting, as stated by EU Ambassador to Indonesia, Brunei Darussalam, and ASEAN, Olof Skoog, in Jakarta, on Tuesday (3/2), will discuss various cooperation, among others, in the field of integrated economy of the region, connectivity, trade and investment, climate change, human rights, and higher education.
As he largest partener of ASEAN, this meeting is considered crucial, and Vietnam is now acting as coordinator, so that in the 22nd ASEAN-EU JCC meeting, ASEAN will be led by Vietnamese Ambassador, Vu Dang Dzung, and Permanent Representative to ASEAN. While, European Union will be led by Raniere SAbutucci, as Head of Southeast Asia Division of EU Foreign Services, and Jean Clude Boidin as Unit Head of International Cooperation and Development Directorate of the European Commission.
In more detail, the essence of the meeting that will be attended by the members of the Permanent Representative Committee of ASEAN, the ASEAN Secretariat and EU officials as well as representatives from EU member states, will discuss the latest developments in ASEAN and EU; evaluate trade and investment relations between ASEAN and EU; including reviewing the progress of ongoing cooperation programs. And the progress of the implementation of ASEAN-EU Plan of Action; cooperation in the face of security opposition as well as EU support in the implementation of the Master Plan of ASEAN Connectivity, said Skoog, who mentioned about the imposition of death penalty on drug dealers and the like, which is applied in Indonesia. While, the death penalty policy has been abandoned by a number of countries, including in the entire European Union region.
In the field of trade, the relationship between European Union and ASEAN countries has been strong enough, where trade between the two regions developed further since the last few decades. In 2012 the total volume of trade of goods between the two regions reached € 181.4 billion. European Union is the second-largest trading partner of ASEAN, while ASEAN ranks third as EU trade partners.
It can be describe that during the period of 2014-2020, development cooperation from EU to ASEAN reached more than € 190 million which is divided into three major cooperation frameworks consisting of economic integration; climate change and disaster management; and facilitation of dialogue comprehensively (thoroughly).
Former Director General of Information Industrial Cooperation of the Ministry of Industry, Agus Tjahajana. Stated that the progress of the discussion of comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA), which has been ongoing since 2010, resumed in 2012, was halted in 2013 and has not reached an agreement, Since the end of last year, it seems that there is an attempt to hold negotiation more comprehensively, especially related to the products to be liberalized.
Likewise, EU is more concerned with environmental aspects, products, and services, and will encourage Indonesia to accelerate pro-environmental products, if negotiation is reached. Agus also highlights EU’s insistence on a number of Indonesian exports to EU, which are quite significant, such as textile products and fishery products. Indonesia sees that, whether EU has been prepared with both of these products, and the fate of other Indonesian export products there. Therefore he believed that EU needs to look at other compensations of the cooperation when CEPA will be negotiated further. (E)
Business News - February 6, 2015