I am proud to present our annual publication on development cooperation between the European Union (EU) and Indonesia.

For over 30 years, the EU has partnered with Indonesia to address joint priorities and global challenges. These range from trade, investment and connectivity, climate change and the environment, to health, governance, human rights, and security. The coronavirus pandemic is the most abrupt and biggest economic shock of our generation, affecting all economies globally. As Team Europe, the EU and its Member States support economic and social recovery. In Indonesia, this support includes donations of protective equipment, working with civil society and vulnerable groups, and strengthening the health sector.

Many of our cooperation projects support Indonesia in the long run. Recent highlights include the successful completion of the SUSTAIN project, supporting justice sector reform and benefitting 6,000 court personnel across Indonesia. 2019 also saw the launch of the ARISE+ Indonesia Trade Support Facility, which provides capacity building to the Indonesian government and helps firms to meet the rules and standards for international trade, including with the EU.

In addition, every year, more than 1,600 Indonesian students and scholars receive scholarships funded through Erasmus+ and EU Member States’ programmes, offering opportunities for academic and personal development in Europe.

It is the EU’s top priority to realise a green, circular and low-carbon economy in Europe. The European Commission’s strategy paper for the European Green Deal sets a path for sustainable green transition bringing us to carbon neutrality by 2050, in a way that is economically just, socially fair and leaves no Member State behind. Climate action will be part of all our policies – both at home and abroad. To achieve our goals the EU will seek partnerships globally, including with Indonesia.

Many EU cooperation projects already target sustainability issues and aim at building Indonesia’s capacity. New projects will focus on innovative methods to finance the green transition, urban development and the sustainable management of natural resources. We have thus chosen ‘Building Capacity for Green Growth’ as the theme of this year’s publication.

In the following pages, we share success stories from EU and Member States’ development programmes that have supported Indonesia’s economic growth, health system, education, social inclusion, and environmental protection.

We will continue our strategic cooperation in 2020, to jointly address global challenges and ensure peace, prosperity and sustainable development, and to expand the links between our citizens.

Vincent Piket

EU Ambassador to Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam