The Jakarta Post, 21 March 2019

The European Commission recently proposed a law containing criteria for determining crops that are deemed harmful to the environment that resulted in palm oil-based fuels being the only commodity dropped from the EU list of renewable energy. During a press briefing on Wednesday (March 20) that was also attended by European Union Ambassador to Indonesia Vincent Guerend, Economic Affairs Coordinating Minister Darmin Nasution called the plan unfair and discriminative.

Meanwhile, Maritime Affairs Coordinating Minister Luhut Pandjaitan said the government would not hesitate to take strong action against the EU’s discriminative actions. He mentioned a number of potential economic collaborations between Indonesia and EU member states. Luhut said, however, the government also had other options besides boycotting Europe-based companies. The government also plans to bring the dispute to the World Trade Organization.

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