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Agrifood 20-07-2018

European market ‘open to palm oil’, EU ambassador in Malaysia says

The EU is open to palm oil and there is no ban on the commodity, the head of the European Union Delegation to Malaysia, ambassador Maria Castillo Fernandez, said on 16 July in an apparent attempt to appease Asian producers.
Agrifood 10-07-2018

Could EU-Indonesia free trade deal end palm oil conundrum?

As a new round of free trade negotiations between the European Union and Indonesia begins in Brussels, Perrine Fournier argues that improving forest governance should be central to any agreement.
Agrifood 02-05-2018

EU unable to contain explosion in unsustainable biodiesel imports

Imports of Argentine soy biodiesel, which are among the most unsustainable of biofuels, have exploded in recent months because the EU lost a trade case at the WTO, writes Kristina Wittkopp.
Agrifood 11-01-2018

Commission tells Malaysia proposed biofuel policy respects WTO rules

The European Commission's proposal for the recast of the Renewable Energy Directive is in compliance with the EU’s commitments under the World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules, Commission sources told EURACTIV.com, replying to threats from Malaysia to refer the case to the WTO.
Global Europe 11-12-2017

Erdogan and Macron take lead in urging US to turn back on Jerusalem decision

Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and France's Emmanuel Macron will work together to try to persuade the United States to reconsider its decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a Turkish presidential source said on Saturday (9 December).
Agrifood 07-11-2017

EU palm oil policies are undermining Europe’s goals in South-East Asia

None of the palm oil producing governments have yet made any statement in the European media about the EU's plan to ban biofuels from palm oil. This op-ed by Malaysia's Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong explains why the EU's palm oil policies can prove to be dangerous.
Biofuels 13-09-2017

Palm oil for fighter jets: Under EU attack, producers seek alternatives

Facing a backlash in Europe over palm oil's environmental toll, the world's top producers are scrambling to find new markets and even striking unusual barter deals, such as exchanging Sukhoi fighter-bombers for the edible oil.
Biofuels 06-07-2017

France lays out plan to restrict use of palm oil in biofuels

France will take steps to restrict the use of palm oil in producing biofuels in order to reduce deforestation in the countries of origin, French Environment Minister Nicolas Hulot said on Thursday (6 July).
Development Policy 27-04-2017

Palm oil production, development and the environment

Europe’s well-meaning attempts to improve the sustainability of palm oil production may be having the opposite effect, writes Hiroko Shimizu.
Biofuels 11-04-2017

Indonesia and Malaysia look to ‘kill’ Parliament’s palm oil ban

Indonesia and Malaysia said today (11 April) that they would send a joint mission to the EU aiming to prevent the implementation of a European Parliament call to phase out the use of biofuels based on vegetable oils by 2020.
Energy 23-01-2017

The real impact of palm oil and failed policies

The true negative impact of palm oil, the interests that the trade serves and the failure of policy to deal with deforestation and other consequences, write Jakub Kvapil, Stanislav Lhota and Zoltán Szabó
Climate change 03-01-2017

Illegal timber trade set for the chop

The first batch of timber considered legal under Europe’s most innovative ever anti-illegal logging policy arrived in the UK this week as the fight against the illegal trade in wood gathers momentum, writes Saskia Ozinga.
Agrifood 08-09-2016

Palm oil producer caught flouting codes of conduct

A coalition of NGOs documenting deforestation in Indonesia has cast doubt on the effectiveness of the codes of conduct used by the palm oil industry. EURACTIV's partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.
Development Policy 31-08-2016

UN environment chief: ‘Without growth, there can be no end to poverty’

The new head of the UN's environment programme (UNEP) spoke to EURACTIV's partner Der Tagesspiegel about capitalism and development.
Global Europe 25-07-2016

South-east Asia deadlocked as South China Sea split deepens

Southeast Asian nations were deadlocked Sunday (24 July) about how to confront China's territorial claims in the South China Sea, as pressure from Beijing again drove a wedge between countries on the region's  toughest security challenge.
Trade & Society 18-07-2016

EU and Indonesia launch free trade talks

The EU's 28 member states agreed today (18 July) to launch free trade talks with Indonesia, despite growing public doubts in Europe about two major transatlantic deals.
Climate change 18-05-2016

Indonesia deepens reliance on coal power despite COP 21 commitments

Indonesia, already one of the world's biggest carbon emitters, plans to build a further 100 coal-fired power stations by 2019. This would seriously jeopardise the country’s COP 21 commitments. EURACTIV France reports.
Agrifood 21-03-2016

France adopts watered-down palm oil tax

French MPs have approved an additional tax on palm oil. But sustainably-produced oil and imports for biofuels will be exempt from the tax. EURACTIV France reports.
Agrifood 11-03-2016

French palm oil tax ‘unfair’ and ‘destructive’, producers say

French plans to place an additional tax on palm oil as part of its biodiversity bill have angered Malaysia and Indonesia. The bill is expected to be passed next week. EURACTIV France reports.
Development Policy 08-02-2016

UNICEF: Increasing number of genital mutilation victims

A million girls worldwide suffer genital mutilation every year and that number is only increasing in some countries, according to a report by UNICEF. The European Commission has warned that the practice could be on the rise in Europe as well. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Kalimantan deforestation
Climate change 17-12-2015

Financiers fanning the flames of Indonesia’s forest fires

After the COP21 talks in Paris, many eyes are again focusing on the role that companies and financiers can play in reducing climate change, writes Anne van Schaik.
Development Policy 29-10-2015

WHO: More work needed to eradicate tuberculosis

A new study by the WHO has shown that the number of tuberculosis cases per year has nearly halved, but that there is still a lot of work to be done. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Trade & Society 27-10-2015

Indonesia tells US it will join the TPP trade pact

Indonesia intends to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, reached earlier this month between the United States and 11 Pacific countries, President Joko Widodo told his American counterpart Barack Obama. EURACTIV's partner EFE reports.
Development Policy 22-10-2015

Least developed countries set the standard for climate action ahead of COP21

The least developed countries have all submitted their national contributions for the COP21. Many of these texts are highly ambitious, but depend on uncertain finances. EURACTIV France reports