Welcome to Uni Eropa Journal, the new blogging platform that brings together voices from staff and professionals working for or with the Delegation of the European Union (EU) in Jakarta.
My name is Olof Skoog and I am the EU Ambassador to Indonesia, Brunei Darussalam and ASEAN. It is my pleasure to open our first blog in Indonesia.
On this page you will be able to follow the work of the EU Delegation and its staff. We work each day to strengthen EU–Indonesia relations and by following this blog I hope you will get to know us, what we do and what we want to achieve.
The idea behind setting up a blog is to bring our work closer to you. Far too often diplomacy is carried out in secrecy and behind closed doors. I think what we do has to be open, transparent and translate people’s wishes and ambitions.
As I am sure you know, we are already very active on social media in Indonesia. We hope that the blog will complement our current social media tools and allow us to go a little bit deeper into more complex topics.
The EU is constantly evolving and this blog will feature articles on its latest developments. Having delivered over half a century of peace, stability and prosperity, the EU is progressively building a single Europe-wide market and a common foreign policy. With 28 Member States and more than 500 million inhabitants, the EU has become a global actor open to engage with the rest of the world.
A very exciting partnership is developing between Europe and Indonesia, as well as with ASEAN. We cooperate in a number of key areas: promoting political dialogue and deeper economic relations, strengthening sustainable growth, quality education and building more contacts between people here and in Europe.
We intend to discuss all these topics in this blog and I also hope that it will be an opportunity for you to not only get to know what we are doing but to also engage with us. Your ideas and thoughts matter and can help us find ways and means to further strengthen our ties.
With the help of this blog we will also keep you informed about our various activities. In May this year, for example, we celebrated Europe Day (9 May) with a week-long series of activities. During this week, Europe on Screen showcased 71 high quality films from 26 European countries and attracted 18,355 movie fans. We also started what we hope will become a new annual event – EU on the Move, a 5km family run on Jalan Sudirman during a car-free Sunday morning. More than 1,000 people ran with us to support the Wisma Cheshire Foundation, an organisation working with young disabled people to improve their livelihood skills.
In the near future, we will cover a number of activities. In October we are hosting the first ever European Travel Fair in Jakarta – Destination Europe – and in November we will organise the 6th EU Higher Education Fair in Jakarta, Surabaya and Makassar.
Please feel free to subscribe to Uni Eropa Journal to stay tuned about EU-Indonesia and EU-ASEAN relations and to find out more about our upcoming events. You can also join us at Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
I hope you find this blog enjoyable and informative.