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Transport MEPs to visit Indonesia

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A ship docking at the Tanjung Priok port.

From 15 to 17 May, transport MEPs will travel to Indonesia to discuss common challenges facing transport, decarbonisation and tourism initiatives and cooperation between the EU and ASEAN.

A delegation of seven members of European Parliament’s Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN) will visit Indonesia next week to explore its strategic transport infrastructure projects and discuss different decarbonisation initiatives in the area of transportation. MEPs are also looking forward to learn about EU and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) cooperation priorities in terms of transport and tourism, as Indonesia is currently holding ASEAN Chairmanship.

Transport MEPs are scheduled to meet Ministers of transportation and tourism, Members of Indonesian Parliament, the Indonesian agency tasked with moving Indonesia’s capital to Nusantara (island of Borneo), ASEAN officials and travel and tourism associations. They will also visit Jakarta’s local public transport infrastructure, Tanjung Priok port and Soekarno-Hatta International Airport.

Ahead of the visit, the head of the delegation, MEP Marian-Jean Marinescu (EPP, RO) said : “Indonesia holds the ASEAN Chairmanship in 2023, and in autumn last year, the EU and ASEAN signed a comprehensive air transport agreement. Therefore, now is exactly the right time to discuss EU-ASEAN cooperation priorities in terms of transport and tourism. Like many countries, Indonesia faces considerable challenges in the area of mobility, especially when it comes to public transport and urban mobility. Its tourism sector has strongly recovered from the COVID-19 pandemic. I am looking forward to gaining new impressions and discuss best-practice measures on promoting transport, decarbonisation and relaunching tourism.”

Mr. Marinescu will be joined by six other MEPs: Ms Elżbieta Katarzyna Łukacijewska (EPP, PL), Ms Magdalena Adamowicz (EPP, PL), Ms Vera Tax (S&D, NL), Mr Nicola Danti (RENEW, IT), Mr Kosma Złotowski (ECR, PL) and Ms Annalisa Tardino (ID, IT).

Since its adoption by the European Commission in summer 2021, European Parliament has been working steadfastly on the “Fit for 55 in 2030 package”, the EU’s strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030 compared to 1990 levels, in line with the European Climate Law. In spring 2023, EU legislators reached a provisional agreement on three key initiatives, for which TRAN is the lead committee and which aim to decarbonise maritime, aviation and car sectors: ReFuelEU aviationFuelEU maritime and Alternative fuels infrastructure.

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