Meeting European Union Ambassador, Coordinating Minister for Airlangga Discusses Palm Discrimination
Jakarta - Coordinating Minister for the Economy, Airlangga Hartarto today, Tuesday (6/30/2020), received a visit from the European Union (EU) Ambassador to Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam, Vincent Piket.
Through this meeting, the Coordinating Minister for Airlangga asked for Vincent Piket's support to be able to bridge the bilateral relationship between Indonesia and the EU, where Indonesian export products suffer discrimination in the EU.
The majority of EU export commodities to Indonesia consist of alcohol products and milk derivatives, while Indonesia's exports to the EU are mostly palm oil, stainless steel and nickel.
As Indonesia's main export commodity to the EU, palm oil is indeed facing many challenges in the European market. The industry is facing discrimination and being targeted by negative campaigns in the EU, starting from the environmental, socio-economic, human rights and health aspects.
Discrimination against palm oil from Indonesia, among others through the implementation of the EU Renewable Energy Directive (RED) II / Delegated Regulation (DR) policy and its derivative rules; and the imposition of anti-dumping import duties on palm oil products by the EU.
Indonesia actually has released a Presidential Decree (Keppres) to improve the management standards of the palm oil industry, through the certification of the Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO) and the National Action Plan for Sustainable Palm Oil.
"The action plan has been discussed by several relevant stakeholders in transparent and balanced discussion sessions," said the Coordinating Minister for Airlangga.
The proof, said the Coordinating Minister, ISPO has been recognized and even promoted by the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Committee, together with the RSPO and MSPO. This shows that ISPO has been recognized internationally, especially in consumer countries.
"So, we ask for your support to face the negative campaign, and improve communication between Indonesia and the EU," said the Coordinating Minister for Airlangga to Vincent.
As for nickel, there is an EU lawsuit against the policy of banning Indonesian nickel exports through the Dispute Settlement World Trade Organization (DSTO) forum (DS 592). The consultation process with the EU was carried out at the WTO, Geneva, Switzerland on January 30, 2020, led by the Deputy Minister of Trade of the Republic of Indonesia.