THE FOURTH ROUND OF THE INDONESIA-EUROPEAN UNION COMPREHENSIVE ECONOMIC PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT (I-EU CEPA)

The fourth round of the Indonesia-European Union Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (I-EU CEPA) was opened on 19 February 2018 and acting as Chairman of the Indonesian Negotiating Team, Director General of International Trade Negotiations Iman Pambagyo opened the negotiations in Solo, Indonesia. The EU Delegation in the 4th round of negotiations was chaired by Mr. Filip Deraedt, Deputy Chief Negotiator of EU Delegation for I-EU CEPA.

Ambassador Yuri O. Thamrin as member of the delegation speak during special session on palm oil (20/2/18), attended by Indonesia and EU stakeholders in the sideline of the negotiation meeting. Ambassador Yuri stressed the message conveyed by President Joko Widodo about EU's discrimination approach (conducting crop apartheid) to Indonesia's palm oil which contributes (as a booster) to the achievement of SDG's. Ambassador also stressed that the EU cannot ignore the serious effort that the Indonesian government is doing right now to make sure sustainability and eliminating forest fires.

The fourth round of negotiation has a new insight with the organization of a joint meeting with civil society organizations to gather new inputs concerning social and economy issues (22/2/18). During the meeting, Ambassador sees it as an important venue to receive better perspective and happy to hear from the CSOs their inputs which will enrich the perspective during the negotiation. Ambassador Yuri also reiterate the strong commitment made by Indonesian government and ensure that the achievement of a good/sustainable palm oil will benefit the people especially the farmers and contribute to the whole national economy.

For 4 days, the negotiation discussed scope of issues include trade in goods, trade in services, investment, intellectual property rights, competition, trade and sustainable development, SMEs, government goods and services procurement, SPS-TBT, standards, dispute resolution mechanisms, and capacity building.