EU and Palm Oil Producers Collaborate to Form EUDR Taskforce

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PALMOILMAGAZINE, JAKARTA – Prior a mission was led by Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Commodity and Plantation Malaysia, YAB Dato’ Sri Haji Fadillah bin Haji Yusof; and Coordinator Minister in Economy Indonesia, Airlangga Hartarto, was facilitated by Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries (CPOPC). The mission was about meeting with the leaders in European Union (EU) in Brussel by the late of May 2023.

In the meeting, the two ministers were sorry for the publication and inauguration of European Union Deforestation Regulation (EUDR). They emphasized that palm oil is important commodity for the people’s economy and welfare in the two countries, namely for the smallholders.

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EU Commission noticed that the policy published is about the same commitment in international level which the goal is to confirm that EU would not encourage deforestation in the globe by its own consumption. Besides, EU convinced producer countries that they would always involve in every process.

Vice Executive President for Green Deal EU, Frans Timmermans and Commissioner of Environment, Marine, and Fishery, Virginijus Sinkevičius came to a conclusion to establish consultative involvement process with Indonesia and Malaysia to discuss the practical infrastructures and efforts to EUDR implementation.

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As the follow up from joint mission, General Director of Environment EU Commission, Florika Fink-Hooijer visited Indonesia and Malaysia on 26 – 28 June 2023.

The visit has a conclusion to establish the same taskforce that consists of the representatives from the government and related stakeholders from the two countries, including the related associations, smallholders, labors’ organizations, civil organization, which one of the goals, is to escalate dialogue about supply chain traceability and transparency.

“Indonesia and Malaysia agreed that the same taskforce with EU would focus to relevant commodity in the two countries particularly, palm oil, wood, coffee, cocoa, and rubber. If it is needed, every issue could be handled over according to one country’s special approach inclusively and transparently managed by the joint taskforce,” CPOPC Secretariat noted, as in the official statement to recently.

The taskforce would examine the relevant commodity in Indonesia and Malaysia in the scope of EUDR (that would be sold) in EU.

The three partners would point one entrance spot and would immediately discuss and conclude term of reference (TOR) of joint taskforce about palm oil. CPOPC Secretariat would also facilitate and coordinate with the officials in Malaysia and Indonesia, together with General Directorate of Environment EU Commission to make sure the progress and the progress of joint taskforce to get the result and win – win solution for the same successful regulation implementation for every party.

“The first meeting of the joint taskforce would be in the first week of August 2023,” CPOPC Secretariat noted. (T2)

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