The Three Producers Palm Oil Seeks Best Solution amid EU's Discrimination
The 6th Ministerial Meeting of Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries (CPOPC) in Hotel Mulia Jakarta, on Thursday (02/28). Photo by TheInsiderStories.com.

 JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – Indonesia and two world largest palm oil producers, Malaysia and Colombia, have blustered and committed to finding the best solution amid the negative campaign and discriminatory policies that emerged in the draft European Union (EU) regulations, said the senior minister today (02/28).

According to the Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Darmin Nasution, the concept initiated by the EU through the Renewable Energy Directive (RED) II was not only a unilateral instrument aimed at attacking the efforts of palm oil producing countries in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

Also inhibiting all biofuel production which is not only exported to Europe. This contrary to the principle of state sovereignty, he stated.

At the 6th Ministerial Meeting of the Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries (CPOPC) in Jakarta, he said, the three countries assessed the criteria used in the draft regulation to be directly focused on palm oil and deforestation, without including other environmental issues related to processing land for other vegetable oil sources, including rapeseed.

“In this connection, the ministers agreed to carry out joint missions to Europe to voice this issue to the relevant authorities in Europe,” said Nasution.

Furthermore, the three countries also took alternative ways to continue to oppose the draft regulation through bilateral lobbying with ASEAN, World Trade Organization (WTO) and other forums appropriately.

The three countries will also collaborate with multilateral organizations, specifically UNEP and FAO, to increase the contribution of palm oil to the achievement of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for SDGs, where the role of smallholders is discussed.

At the same time, palm oil producing countries remain open to conducting environmental dialogues with the EU in the framework of the UN 2030′ SDGs which have been widely accepted by the member countries, including EU.

In addition to responding to the EU’ bad-treatment, the three countries also discussed a number of current issues related to palm oil including international trade policies and market access, involvement of the business world and small farmers, and the UN 2030 SDGs.

Malaysia’ Primary Industry Minister Teresa Kok alleged that the EU policy was discriminatory and seemed to downplay palm oil products of ASEAN countries in particular, so that when it was sold to Europe the palm oil didn’t sell.

“Our delegation will meet again on March 8 to decide on the right policy. Malaysia itself has a system made from upstream to downstream. But Europe has been unfair to us,” she said.

So far, Nasution acknowledged that if the three countries, Indonesia in particular, did not yet have the worst scenario in response to European attitudes. Because it is better to find a way that is wiser than to break the chain of our trade with Europe at all.

“Indonesia continues to struggle with opposing European policies. But we haven’t scenarios to decide exactly what attitude we are. We are still looking for the best steps to show our civilization,” he concluded.

Written by Daniel Deha, Email: daniel@theinsiderstories.com