Indonesia Negotiates Palm Oil Discrimination in Brussels
Indonesian Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Darmin Nasution met European Union Leaders in Brussels, Belgium. Photo by The Ministry.

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – Indonesia is mobilizing all its resources to conduct international negotiations against palm oil discrimination carried out by the European Union (EU). Today (04/08), Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Darmin Nasution an officially visit to the EU headquarters in Brussels, Belgium to find solutions of the polemic.

The joint mission’ main purpose was to convey disappointment and fight the Delegated Act which had been adopted by the European Commission on March 13, 2019.

During the two-day visit (April 8-9), delegates who are members of the Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries (CPOPC) will meet with the Commission, Parliament and Council of Europe and various stakeholders involved in the supply chain of the palm oil industry in the EU market.

Nasution explained, this step is Indonesia’ response to the EU discriminatory policies that classify palm oil products as unsustainable and high-risk biofuel commodities/Indirect Land Use Change, and has now been adopted in the Delegated Act of the Renewable Energy Directive II policy (RED II).

During the trip, Indonesia was accompanied by a Malaysian delegation led by Secretary General of the Main Industry Ministry of Malaysia Dato Tan Yew Chong and the Colombian Ambassador in Brussels Felipe Garcia Echeverri.

Previously, Indonesia had issued 10 stances on EU discriminatory steps towards palm oil commodities. Not only that, the government has also cooperated with the business community from the EU through a meeting with the International Chamber of Commerce & European Union MNCs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on March 20, 2019.

Minister Nasution has also gathered palm oil entrepreneurs to discuss the steps that will be taken to counter the black palm oil campaign carried out by the EU. This was responded positively by palm oil businesses and was ready to work with the government to determine positive strategic steps and policies.

Indonesia also stated that it would take legal action to discriminate national palm oil products which would be carried out in parallel with the diplomatic process between Indonesia and the European Union.

The Indonesian Parliament also expressed its attitude towards the EU as a form of palm oil discrimination and urged the government to take a decisive action. Now, EU has begun the discussion the organization delegated regulations at the parliamentary level.

If it has been ratified, the regulation can become a legal standing for the EU to discriminate against palm oil.

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