Malaysia-EU Commissioners to Meet on Palm Oil Issues

Thursday, January 18, 2018

A delegation from Malaysia will meet with officials of the European Commission in the first quarter 2018 to discuss issues relating to palm oil, including the European Union’s ban on the commodity, reported the Bernama news agency on January 09.  The delegation, led by the ministry, will comprise members from the Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC), the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) and the Malaysian Palm Oil Certification Council (MPOCC). 

MPOCC Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Kalyana Sundram said the upcoming meeting, likely to take place either in Brussels or Malaysia, would be a platform for the delegation, the government’s technical team, to present a scientific journal titled: “Building a Sustainable Future Together: Malaysia Palm Oil and European Consumption.” The report will be one of the documents that Malaysia will present to the EU to support the country’s case for the palm oil industry. 

To recall, the EU last year proposed to ban palm oil from entering its market with its parliament passing two resolutions: (1) to impose a single certified sustainable palm oil scheme for Europe-bound palm oil exports after 2020 and (2) to phase out palm oil from the EU biofuel programme by 2021.

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