Indonesia Urged EU Not to be Discriminative to Palm Oil

Indonesia Urged EU Not to be Discriminative to Palm Oil

PalmOilMagazine, JAKARTA – To accelerate the economic recovery from pandemic impact, Minister of External Affairs Indonesian Republic, Retno Marsudi re-urged European Union (EU) not to be discriminative to palm oil products from Indonesia.

She said, to make economic mutual cooperation, Indonesia is fully committed to sustainable palm oil production and strengthening Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO) certificate. “I told in the meeting, it needs fair, open, but not discriminative trade and economic cooperation to accelerate economic recovery,” she said in the virtual press conference, Wednesday (2/6/2021) in Jakarta.

In the previous, trade cooperation between Indonesia and EU was full of argument about palm oil in 2019/ after EU agreed and decided Renewable Energy Directive II (RED II) and Delegated Regulation, they want to eliminate palm oil from biofuel program in 2030.

But EU high representation for external affairs and security policy, Josep Borrell told, his side never bans palm oil imports to EU. In 2020, palm oil imports increased 26%. “There is no palm oil ban. But the issue of sustainability should get the same solution,” he said.

He also mentioned, his side would cooperate to get the solution on the issue. “I do realize, palm oil is important for the industries and the people of Indonesia, and to conquer poverty. That is why, there should be solution to notice the sustainability and development,” he said. (T2)

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