In order to learn about European Union Studies by looking at international relations between the European Union and Indonesia, the International Program for International Relations (IPIREL) of UMY held a public lecture that was conducted by H.E. Charles Michel Geurts. The event was themed “European Union Relations with Indonesia” and was held on Friday (29/11) at AR Fakhruddin B Building of Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta.
H.E. Charles Michel Geurts, vice chairman of the European Union delegation for Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam, spoke about the European Union and what role they perform. “The European Union is a grouping of 28 independent countries with around 510.1 million inhabitants living within its borders, the second-largest economy in the world, and number 1 in development and Nobel peace prize in humanitarian aid,” he explained.
He continued by explaining Indonesia’s relations with the European Union, one that is based on common challenges, shared values, and long-distance relations. “Based on common challenges and shared values, Indonesia and the European Union have relations in democracy and human rights, security, climate change, especially in natural disasters as a form of solidarity with Indonesia in Lombok, Palu and the Sunda Strait. In addition, we also have relations in market growth and investment, as well as growth in person-to-person contact. In 2018, there are 1.9 million European Union visitors and 1600 scholarships per year including 230 Erasmus scholarships. Furthermore, digital connectivity such as cooperation or data protection on the depiction of the Copernicus satellite, and in 2008 all Indonesian flights were entered into the European Union’s safety list, “he explained.
Charles also explained the partnerships and agreements between Indonesia and the European Union that has exited since 2014 for political cooperation, person-to-person connectivity, good governance and human rights, disaster relief and humanitarian assistance, trade and investment, environmental and climate change, sustainable development, and peace and security.
Meanwhile, Dr. Nur Azizah, M.Sc, Head of the UMY HI Study Program said that the ambassador’s lectures could improve students’ understanding in European Union Studies. “We hope by inviting H.E. “Charles Michel Geurts, the vice-chairman of the European Union delegation for Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam, students can learn and better understand the study of European Union studies as a form of improving the quality of learning in the Europan Union Model courses,” she concluded. (sofia)