H.E. Charles-Michel Geurts, Deputy Head of The European Union (EU) Delegation to Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam conveyed that EU and Indonesia shared the same value: Bhinneka Tunggal Ika translated to English is Unity in Diversity, the motto of European Union (11/02).
The event entitled “Recent Developments in the EU & Its Impact to the EU-Indonesia Relations” captured the interest of as many as 175 participants, packing up Digital Mandiri Auditorium of the Faculty of Social and Political Science (FISIPOL) Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM), where the event was being held. The participants did not only come from Department of International Relations (DIHI) UGM, but also from external institutions and campuses.
The event, which was held through the coordination of DIHI UGM and Institute of International Studies UGM, lasted for 2.5 hours and was moderated by Drs. Muhadi Sugiono, MA, International Relations lecturer with an expertise in European studies.
H.E. Charles-Michel Geurts stated that Indonesia is important for the EU due to its role as both a market and a transit point for goods and items originating from the EU state members. The EU has also consistently invested in Indonesia and became Indonesia’s top non-Asian investor. The EU also needs Indonesia for some of its security issues, for example in coordinating peacekeeping missions and rescue operations.
The European Union is a supranational organization composed of 28 European member states. EU is the first intergovernmental organization that has integrated in various sectors, including economic sector through the usage of Euro as a common currency, political sector through the existence of European Parliament authorized to create a rule of law applied in the region of European Union as well as the establishment of Schengen Area through the abolition of passport and all kinds of border control in the shared border of the EU members.
As a form of participants’ enthusiasm towards this event, many questions were directed to H.E. Charles-Michel Geurts. This event ended with the symbolic souvenir-presenting to H.E. Charles-Michel Geurts from Dr. Nur Rachmat Yuliantoro as the Head of Department of the DIHI UGM.
Writer: Melisa Rachmania
Editor: Novi Dwi Asrianti
Translator: Heidira Witri Hadayani