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Indonesia and Malaysia unite to fight EU’s ban on palm oil


Malaysia’s Primary Industries Ministry secretary general Datuk Tan Yew Chong (left) and Indonesia’s Deputy Minister for Food and Agriculture and Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Musdhalifah Machmud (right) are among senior officials in Brussels fighting the EU’s plan to ban palm oil.

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia and Indonesia stand united in fighting the discriminatory delegated regulation supplementing Directive 2018/2001 of the European Union Renewable Energy Directive II.

In a recent statement, Primary Industries Ministry said the Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries (CPOPC) was now in Brussels to register the two major global palm oil producers’ protests to the members of the European Parliament.

The Malaysian delegation is led by Primary Industries Ministry secretary-general Datuk Dr. Tan Yew Chong.

He is accompanied by officials from the ministry, Malaysian Palm Oil Council, Malaysian Palm Oil Board and Malaysian Palm Oil Certification Council as well as Malaysian embassy officials in Belgium.

CPOPC has called the EU delegated regulation “scientifically flawed” because it discriminates biofuels and bioliquids produced from palm oil against other oil crops such as soy, rapeseed and sunflower.

In a brazen disrespect for global trading norms and country sovereignty, the EU had pressed on with the discriminating resolution and ignored government-driven certification schemes, namely the Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO) and Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO).

If such as law were to be enacted by members of the European Parliament, it would be detrimental towards the socio-economic well-being of millions of oil palm planters in tropical Asia and ignores the sustainable efforts undertaken to achieve the United Nation Sustainable Development Goals.

As a last resort, governments of Malaysia and Indonesia had warned they are ready to retaliate, if need be.

Both nations collectively supply about 60 million tonnes or 85 per cent of the world’s palm oil.

Back in November 2015, at the Asean Summit, Malaysia and Indonesia, each contributed an initial US$5 million to establish the CPOPC as a common platform to promote palm oil and neutralise trade barriers.

From: NEW STRAITS TIMES (Malaysia) Sunday April 7, 2019

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