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Jakarta Post

Trade and climate: Mixed messages for Indonesia

  • Mohammad Fadhil Hasan and Khalil Manaf Hegarty

Jakarta   /   Sat, December 14 2019   /  01:44 am

Indonesia has made commitments on climate that exceed most wealthy countries, but the European Union seems intent on punishing our exports. This week many heads of state and senior officials gather in Madrid to continue their negotiations on global climate policy.  The timing of the international conference on climate change, which runs to Friday, represents a juncture for Indonesia’s relationship with the EU because of two other critical events around the Madrid meeting. First, Indonesia is opening consultations at the World Trade Organization with the EU over the bloc’s Renewable Energy Directive (RED) and its exclusion of palm oil. Second, Indonesia and the EU continued their negotiations for an economic partnership agreement, Indonesia-European Free Trade Association - Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IE-CEPA). Indonesia’s WTO complaint against the EU’s rene...