Saturday, 19 October 2019 | 21:57 WIB

Indonesia Takes Fight Againts Palm Oil Discrimination to European Union

Indonesia Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan (goriau)

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Indonesia Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan has stressed that the Indonesian Government would fight the European Union which was considered to be discriminating against palm oil products and their derivatives.

The affirmation was conveyed by Luhut in the Press Briefing on Palm Discrimination which was also attended by Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Darmin Nasution and Deputy Foreign Minister AM Fathir at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Jakarta, Wednesday (03/20/2019).

"We two Coordinating Ministers cannot understand the blatant discrimination. We have already come there, we have been begging, but we are not beggars, we have dignity," Luhut said.

Luhut explained that various efforts had been made by Indonesia to respond to discriminatory actions of the European Union, such as sending delegates to communicate to carry out a moratorium on permits to open new oil palm land.

According to him, the Indonesian government will file a complaint against the European Union to the World Trade Organization (WTO), and even to stop the import of goods from the European Union.

"We will take it to the WTO but we need to know that we will never falter about it," Luhut stressed.

The steps taken by Indonesia against the European Union will be taken if the European Parliament approves the draft policy "Delegated Regulation Supplementing the Directive of the EU Renewable Energy Directive II" submitted on March 13, 2019.

The European Parliament still has time to review the draft submitted by the European Commission within two months of its publication.

In the draft, palm oil (CPO) is classified as an unsustainable commodity and has a high risk for the environment, while US soybean oil is in the low risk category, as reported by Antara.