The European Green Deal remained among the European Union’s top priorities in both the 27-nation bloc’s 2023 ASEAN and Indonesia strategy, two senior EU diplomats told a press conference in Jakarta on Tuesday.
While its environmental stance on trade had caused heated rifts with some of the largest ASEAN member states, Brussels would ensure that other areas of cooperation could continue undisturbed, they added.
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EU Ambassador to Indonesia Vincent Piket emphasized that finalizing the Indonesia-EU Comprehensive Trade Agreement (IEU-CEPA) by the end of the year would be the dominant concern of the bloc’s negotiators. He added that a total of four negotiation rounds had been scheduled for February, May, July and September.