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Deputy Minister chastises EU for ‘discriminatory’ leaked documents

  • Rizki Fachriansyah
    Rizki Fachriansyah

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Tue, November 12, 2019   /  03:16 pm
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A worker assesses palm fruit from a dwarf palm oil tree at the Malaysian Palm Oil Board research plantation in Kluang, Johor, Malaysia, on Sept. 18.(Bloomberg/Joshua Paul)

Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Mahendra Siregar has sent an official letter to European Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström chastising the EU for attitudes expressed in documents recently leaked to the website Palm Oil Monitor. Mahendra said the Indonesian government was let down by the sentiments expressed in the internal EU documents. He said the EU discriminated against palm oil exports. “While the [Indonesian government] considers it pointless and counter-productive to debate the authenticity of the [EU Renewable Energy Directive] RED II-Delegated Act leak or its contents, it is clear that the intention of the EU is to discriminate against palm oil exports by resorting to scientifically flawed findings on high ILUC [indirect land use change] to favor of home-produced rapeseed – as well as excluding soya to avoid retaliation from the United States,”...