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Europe – Asia Center

Europe – Asia Center: High-Level Exchanges with H.E. Hadi, Ambassador of Indonesia to Belgium, to Strengthen EU-Indonesia Relations

Brussels, June 20th, 2024

On Wednesday, June 19th, a distinguished delegation from the Europe-Asia Center had the honor of visiting H.E. Andri Hadi, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Indonesia to Belgium. The delegation was led by Vice-Chairs H.E. Madame Violeta Bulc and Professor Wei Shen, and included Secretary-General Yan Rui, Director for Europe Matic Gajsek, and Project Coordinator Jonathan Schwestka.

Following a warm welcome from the Ambassador, Madame Bulc provided an overview of her engagements with Indonesia during her tenure as EU Transport Commissioner. She also highlighted Indonesia's significant advancements in recent years, particularly in the areas of green transition and digitalization.

Similarly, Professor Wei Shen shared his longstanding commitment to fostering academic exchanges with Indonesian institutions and expressed strong support for enhanced collaboration between think tanks in Europe and Indonesia, while Mr. Gajsek outlined potential avenues for collaboration.

Ambassador Hadi highlighted the positive role of the Europe-Asia Center in bridging the Europe-Asian divide, emphasized the importance of strengthening EU-Indonesia relations and enhancing mutual understanding, and expressed support for greater cooperation between the Europe-Asia Center and Indonesia.

At the conclusion of the meeting, Mr. Gajsek, Director for Europe, underscored the significance of the dialogue, stating, “I’d like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to Ambassador Hadi for his hospitality and his innovative and inspiring ideas for fostering Europe-Indonesia relations. The Europe-Asia Center stands ready to work closely with Indonesia to bridge divides and facilitate even closer collaboration between our regions.”

For press enquiries:

Jonathan Schwestka, Project Coordinator, Europe – Asia Center


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