Welcome to our website. This site explains the role of the European Union (EU) here in Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam.
The essential goal of our work is to help maintain and deepen the relations of the EU with Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam, as well as with ASEAN (the Association of South East Asian Nations), which has its ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta.
The EU and Indonesia enjoy a wide-ranging relationship which has developed significantly in recent years. At its heart lie massive commercial interests. With Indonesia, this totals € 17 billion in annual trade and some € 4 billion of EU company investments, with the EU the second most important destination for Indonesian exports (excluding oil and gas). We also enjoy a deep political friendship – cemented in November 2009 by the signature of the EU-Indonesia Partnership and Co-operation Agreement (PCA) – which draws on the contacts Europe and Indonesia have had for centuries and the values and principles that the EU and Indonesia share. The EU and Indonesia have jointly identified key priority areas in the PCA for intensified engagement: education; environment; trade and investment and human rights and democracy. Alongside this bilateral aspect of our relations, the EU is teaming up ever more closely on the international stage with Indonesia as the country takes up its rightful place as an increasingly important global player, including in the G20. Our cooperation with Indonesia on tackling global environmental issues is particularly important in this area. Our cooperation with Brunei is smaller but nonetheless rich and diverse.
The EU and ASEAN have enjoyed a close relationship for over thirty years. As the two major regional integration initiatives in the world, ASEAN and the EU are indeed natural partners and it is no wonder our cooperation has flourished so strongly. The EU and ASEAN share the same goals for their citizens – peace, stability and prosperity. Both are committed to address issues by a multilateral approach. With € 135 billion in total trade between the EU and ASEAN, in 2008, we are crucial partners commercially. The EU is ASEAN's largest trading partner after Japan. Together with other "dialogue partners" ASEAN and the EU address regional and international security issues of common interest and concern in the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF). The objective of the ARF is to foster constructive dialogue and consultation through confidence building and preventive diplomacy.
To support the relations with Indonesia, the EU provides substantial financial grant support - some € 500 million in general development grants to the country over a five-year period, with recent years having seen significant resources (a further € 400 million of grants) devoted to tsunami reconstruction in Aceh. We also have numerous other programmes with Indonesia and Brunei, seeking to develop our contacts in areas as diverse as culture, education exchanges and research and technology programmes. The European Investment Bank is active, providing loans to help in the country's development.
ASEAN and the EU have developed an extensive programme of cooperation. Part of this cooperation is made through political dialogue. Another part is delivered through EU assistance programmes. In the period 2007-2013, in addition to the € 1.3 billion granted to individual ASEAN Member States, the EU is providing € 70 million at the regional level through the ASEAN Secretariat for the support ASEAN's integration. And also individual EU Member States are providing funds to ASEAN. Together this makes the EU the largest donor to ASEAN.
To help you delve deeper into understanding these relationships, our website seeks to deliver three services to you:
- Inform you about each area of our cooperation - what the relevant EU policies are and try to show how our activities are relevant to you as citizens of Indonesia, Brunei and the ASEAN region more in general.
- Provide you with a gateway to information about the EU. This “doorway” will allow you to explore and better understand relations with the EU, now the world’s largest economic entity encompassing 28 countries and some 507 million people.
- Provide you with contacts in the EU Delegation here for further information and assistance or to simply pass on your views about our website and about what we could do better. But please also remember you can visit us in person – internet is great but it cannot replace personal contact.
Thank you again for visiting us and we hope you enjoy the site.
If you can think of improvements, please tell us – we can always do better!
Thank you and good surfing,
Delegation of the European Union to Indonesia, Brunei Darussalam and ASEAN