PALMOILMAGAZINE, JAKARTA – Indonesia, Malaysia, and the European Union have jointly concluded to establish an Ad Hoc Joint Task Force on the European Union Deforestation Regulation (EUDR). The purpose of this task force is to seek solutions regarding the forthcoming implementation of the EUDR that will impact Indonesia and Malaysia. The main goal of the task force is to discern the most effective approaches for implementing the EUDR.
The inaugural meeting of the Ad Hoc Joint Task Force on EUDR took place in Jakarta on Friday (4/08). The meeting was chaired by Musdhalifah Machmud, the Deputy in Food and Agribusiness Coordination at the Coordinator Ministry in the Economy, YBhg. Dato’ Mad Zaidi bin Mohd Karli, the General Secretary of the Ministry of Plantation and Economy of Malaysia, and Astrid Schomaker, the Director of Green Diplomacy and Multilateralism at the European Commission.
In the official information to Palmoilmagazine.com, Musdhalifah emphasized that the meeting was about to get the same understanding between producer and consumer countries.
Dato’ Mad Zaidi bin Mohd Karli said that the kick-off meeting was about to emphasized the cooperation would be the solution that can be inspired through the best practices in each commodity.
Astrid Schomaker acknowledged the progress that Indonesia and Malaysia achieved to minimize deforestation and welcome every further information and clarification about deforestation regulation.
The kick-off meeting that Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries (CPOPC) proposed, agreed terms of reference that covers some issues, such as, the smallholders’ involvement in supply chain, relevant certification scheme in national scale, scientific data about forest degradation and deforestation.
For information, Ad Hoc Joint Task Force on EUDR was established after Indonesia and Malaysia did joint mission to Brussels on 30 – 31 May 2023 and the visit of European Commission to Indonesia and Malaysia on 26 – 28 June 2023. Ad Hoc Joint Task Force on EUDR would be the platform that functions as the consultative mechanism to encourage coordination and the same understanding between three parties about EUDR. (T2)