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Keep calm and send your palm oil: EU brushes off concerns as Indonesia files WTO lawsuit

  • Made Anthony Iswara

    The Jakarta Post

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Bali   /   Tue, December 17, 2019   /  07:36 am
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Harvest time: A worker gathers oil palm fruit bunches at a plantation in Lampung. Indonesia and Malaysia are the world's the first- and second-largest palm oil producers.(The Jakarta Post/R. Berto Wedhatama)

The European Union says Indonesia’a recent lawsuit against the regional bloc’s “discriminatory” palm oil policy would not affect shipments of the commodity or discussions over a landmark free trade deal between the two. EU Ambassador to Indonesia Vincent Piket told The Jakarta Post that the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive II (RED II), which will phase out palm oil deemed unsustainable from the European biofuel market, is already “compatible” with World Trade Organization standards. “We will engage in the consultations with Indonesia with sincerity and with the aim to resolve the matter positively. Meanwhile, our market is and will remain open for palm oil; there is no ban, contrary to what is sometimes said. The trade figures show it,” Piket wrote on Monday. The WTO, he added, is the right place to settle the dispute. Indones...