The Jakarta Post
Indonesia has proposed a visa waiver for short visits to Schengen member states in Europe for Indonesian citizens, according to Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi.
The proposal was delivered to EU foreign relations representative Frederica Mogherini on the sidelines of the EU-ASEAN ministerial meeting in Luxembourg.
The European Commission has reportedly included Indonesia in a list of countries proposed for review by the European Council.
Indonesia's proposal will be submitted to the council early next year.
According to Retno, the meeting also discussed the Indonesia-European Union (EU) Voluntary Partnership Agreement on Forests, Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT'VPA), which is intended for implementation by the end of this year.
"The full implementation of the agreement and regulations with the EU will allow the private sector to participate in the timber legalizing system. The entire process will decrease the usage and trade of illegal timber," said Retno as quoted by Antara news agency on Thursday. (kes)(+)