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Questionnaire on a Free Trade Agreement with Indonesia

  • Policy field: Trade
  • Target group: All industry stakeholders
  • Closing Date: Completed - 01/12/2016

Objective of the consultation

This questionnaire consists of technical questions (e.g. on trade flows and opportunities, customs procedures, rules of origin, standards and technical regulations, trade defense, intellectual property rights etc.) and is targeting EU business (companies/business organisations) to comment on practical experience doing business in Indonesia.

On 18 July 2016, the European Commission received the endorsement from the Council of the European Union to open negotiations for a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Indonesia. Bilateral negotiations with Indonesia are the 6th to be launched with a member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) – following the launch of negotiations with Singapore (2010), Malaysia (2010), Vietnam (2012), Thailand (2013) and the Philippines (2015).

Indonesia is one of the 10 members of ASEAN and is the largest (36 % of ASEAN GDP) and most populated (more than 250 million people) economy of the region. The Indonesian economy has more than doubled its size in the last decade and is one of the fastest growing economies in Southeast Asia.

As part of ASEAN, Indonesia has concluded regional FTAs with China, India, South Korea, Japan, and Australia and New Zealand and is engaged in the negotiation of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) that aims to consolidate these FTAs under a broader regional chapeau. Indonesia has also concluded a separate bilateral FTA with Japan and a preferential agreement with Pakistan. Indonesia recently also expressed interest in joining TPP.

The EU is Indonesia's 4th largest trading partner. Indonesia ranks 30th in the EU's trade ranking and is the EU's fifth largest trading partner in Southeast Asia. Bilateral trade in goods amounted to over €25 billion in 2015, with over €5 billion trade surplus for Indonesia. Bilateral trade in services amounted to €6 billion in 2014, with a surplus of €2.2 billion for the EU. The EU has a foreign direct investment stock in the country of nearly €26 billion, second only to Singapore.

DG Trade has prepared a questionnaire to give stakeholders and interested parties the opportunity to provide information on trade matters for the negotiation of a trade agreement between the EU and the Mercosur. Your reply to this questionnaire will be important in establishing priorities and taking decisions throughout the negotiating process and we thank you in advance for your contribution.

The general questionnaire is divided into the following sections:

I. Trade in Goods
II. Trade in Services and Investment
III. Rules (Transparency, Intellectual Property Rights, Competition, Government Procurement, SMEs)
IV. Other issues

In addition, where possible, we would appreciate receiving as specific information as possible (substantiated where possible by economic indicators and/or data) of respondents' interests, prioritization within sectors, and any proposals for solution, where problems have been identified.

The Commission, subject to the application of the EU's rules on access to documents (Regulation No 1049/2001), will treat the information that you provide as confidential. EU rules on access to documents allow the Commission to withhold access to a document where disclosure would undermine the commercial interests of a natural or legal person or harm the EU's relations with third countries, unless there is an overriding public interest in disclosure.

The Commission would welcome your input and comments on these questionnaires by 1st December 2016. For any question please send an e-mail to: trade-industry@ec.europa.eu

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