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EuroCham was fortunate to have the EU’s Chief Negotiator for the EU-Indonesia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (EUI-CEPA), Helena Konig, who presented to our members the European Commission’s response to the COVID19 crisis, especially in regards to the area of trade policy and progress of the EUI-CEPA negotiations.
Helena Bjorn Konig, whose official role is as the Deputy Director General of DG Trade of the EU, expressed a number of positive and important points. She stressed that the continuation of the EUI-CEPA negotiations is vital for both parties, especially in its efforts towards an economic recovery as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. The CEPA negotiations with Indonesia will continue despite the many challenges faced in the current situation. The EU and Indonesia will regularly conduct discussions to find a common ground regarding the mutual benefits for both parties. She revealed that subsequent negotiations will be held between September or October this year.
In her remarks, Helena also expressed her utmost appreciation to EuroCham as the primary European business voice in Indonesia for its continuous effort to promote a deepening economic relationship between Europe and Indonesia.
Extended Producer Responsibility for Plastic Waste Management in Indonesia: the Opportunities and Lesson Learned from International Practices
EuroCham Indonesia participated as a key panelist at a webinar entitled, “Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) for Plastic Waste Management in Indonesia: the Opportunities and Lesson Learned from International Practices” that was organized by The Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS) Indonesia on June 10, 2020. The webinar attracted participants from across Europe and Southeast Asia, and reached 5,045 views on Youtube.
In the first session on EPR Policies and International Practices, Karyanto Wibowo, the Head of EuroCham Sustainable Development Working Group, participated as one of the panelists. On this occasion, Karyanto introduced EuroCham Indonesia and its members' efforts on tackling plastic-related issues. He also highlighted that Danone-AQUA, EuroCham’s Platinum member, recently received the coveted "Waste Reduction Effort by Manufacturers" award from Indonesia’s Ministry of Environmental and Forestry.
In the second session on EPR Implementation in Indonesia, another EuroCham member, Arthur Neeteson from Systemiq, also participated as a panelist. Arthur addressed on why EPR is important, where are we now, and what needs to be done about EPR.