Indonesia-European Union Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement

September 23rd, 2021

Ensuring better access for EU exporters to the dynamic ASEAN market is a priority for the EU. Negotiations for an EU-ASEAN trade and investment agreement between the regions started in 2007 and were interrupted by mutual agreement in 2009 to become a bilateral negotiating format. In 2016, the EU and Indonesia started discussions on a free trade agreement to facilitate trade and investment between the two sides. Trade unions on both sides are cooperating to ensure that the voice of workers is heard in the negotiation process, which will have an impact on the living and working conditions of the Indonesian people and the EU. A Sustainability Impact Assessment (SIA) was launched in 2018 to support the EU-Indonesia FTA negotiations. The rules and regulations of these agreements are directly regarded as national laws and legislation, including labour laws. That is why the unions are worried and must be involved. These bilateral trade and investment agreements were conceived as building blocks for a future agreement between the regions. The next texts will be published at the end of this third round of negotiations. The unions hope that their common position will be integrated into the future trade agreement between these two major blocs.

At a seminar held in Brussels on 13-14 September 2017, several organisations and trade unions from Indonesia and the EU, including the CNV, ACV-CSC and KSBSI, discussed the content and form of CEPA`s trade sustainability chapter, as well as the complaint and dispute settlement mechanism for this type of agreement. A Free Trade Agreement (FTA) will develop a key aspect of the overall relationship between the EU and Indonesia, as defined by the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement. The agreement entered into force on 1 May 2014. The Indonesia-EU Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IEU-CEPA), Indonesia`s largest bilateral trade negotiation to date, is expected to boost trade, investment and tourism for the country, said Rizal Affandi Lukman, Undersecretary of State for International Economic Cooperation at the Office of the Coordinating Minister of Economy. . . .

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