Indonesia Wants to Engage in EU’s Decision-Making Process on Palm Oil
Indonesian Government continues to prepare for further negotiations on European Union’s renewable fuels policy.
JAKARAT--Indonesian Government continues to prepare for further negotiations on European Union’s renewable fuels policy. Indonesia demands proactive engagement in the EU’s decision-making process on criteria of crude palm oil (CPO) allowed to enter EU’s market.
“We will go to it. We don’t want to miss any details. We make sure we know anything regarding their decissions,” said Purbaya Yudhi Sadewa, Deputy Coordinating Minister of Maritime Affairs, as quoted by Bisnis.com, (26/6/2018).
Previously, EU negotiators have agreed to phase out the use of palm oil in transport fuels from 2030. According to Purbaya the deal was influenced by Indonesian lobby and political pressures in both formal and informal channels.
A conference held in Roma last May, for instance, has opened European views on palm oil. “Mr Luhut (Coordinating Minister of Maritime Affairs) has contacted EU Embassy to Indonesia to tell that we want active engagement in EU decision making process,” Purbaya said. ***