JAKARTA. Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia (Kemenko) claims to be ready to sue the European Union to the World Trade Organization, because it prohibits the use of products derived from crude Palm Oil (CPO).
Musdhalifah Machmud, Deputy of Food and Agriculture Coordination of the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs, the European Union's decision on the use of CPO was quite discriminatory. Previously, the European Union had included CPO in the list of dangerous and environmentally unfriendly products.
"We immediately propose to the WTO because this is a form of discrimination for Indonesian products," Machmud explained as quoted by Bisnis, on Friday (15/3).
The Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs considers that the claim to the WTO is the only way the Indonesian government can take to protect the palm oil industry. In addition, Indonesia would not want to lose its export market in Europe.
At present, the European Union Parliament is reviewing the Renewable Energy Directive (RED) II scheme, which prohibits the use of CPO products. The European Union will open a poll on 21 March to discuss this regulation further. (KR/AR)