About: Malaysia

Malaysia threatens to ditch EU fighter jet deal over palm oil curbs

Malaysia may retaliate against an EU plan to curb palm oil use by purchasing new fighter jets from China instead of European arms companies, its leader said Sunday (24 March).
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 06-03-2018

Malaysia to respond with ‘might and tact’ if EU proceeds with palm oil curbs

Malaysia will respond with "might and tact" if the European Union proceeds with a plan to limit use of palm oil in biodiesel, a cabinet minister said on Tuesday (5 March).
Development Policy 19-02-2018

Months away from Malaysian election, EU’s move stirs discontent in palm groves

An EU decision to curb palm oil imports was the last thing Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak needed ahead of a coming election, with rural voters already aggrieved over financial scandals at state-owned palm oil agency Felda.
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.
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 28-04-2017

Malaysian PM: Uneven growth could fuel extremism in South-east Asia

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak warned today (28 April) that South-east Asian countries needed to ensure their economic growth was inclusive, or risk marginalised populations turning to violent extremism or even overturning political systems.
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.
Aviation 19-08-2016

MH17 criminal probe to be published next month

Initial results from a criminal probe into the downing of a Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over war-torn Ukraine two years ago will be revealed next month, Dutch prosecutors said Friday (19 August).
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.
Aviation 18-07-2016

Two years on, Ukraine villagers mourn at MH17 crash site

Dozens of villagers carried flowers and lit candles on Sunday (17 July) at the site in rebel-held eastern Ukraine, where flight MH17 crashed two years ago, killing all 298 people on board.
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.
Competition 12-02-2016

EU hits China with new steel anti-dumping probes

The EU launched new probes today (12 February) into imports of Chinese steel, warning it would not allow "unfair competition" to threaten Europe's industry already crumbling under a flood of cheap imports.
Global Europe 26-11-2015

Thailand attempts to stem Rohingya exodus

Myanmar and Bangladesh face renewed pressure to tackle "the root causes" of an annual migration crisis after Thailand today (26 November) announced a regional summit ahead of the new sailing season.
Global Europe 29-10-2015

Rights abuses revealed in EU free-trade candidate Malaysia

A leading candidate for a free trade agreement with the EU has been accused of a major crackdown on human rights, in what could be a test case for Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström’s new focus on an ethical dimension to FTAs.
Competition 01-06-2015

EU reopens China solar dumping probe

EU regulators opened a probe into the solar power panel industry in China, the European Commission said on Friday (29 May), in response to accusations that Chinese companies were dodging import duties by exporting via Taiwan and Malaysia.
Trade & Society 27-04-2015

EU and ASEAN to jumpstart trade agreement talks

Southeast Asia and the European Union (EU) agreed yesterday (26 April) to take steps toward resuming stalled talks on a free trade agreement between the two regions.
Europe's East 16-02-2015

Ukraine ceasefire holds, but tensions persist at Debaltseve

Ukraine's rebels disavowed a new truce on Sunday (15 February) hours after it took effect, saying it did not apply to the town of Debaltseve, where most fighting has taken place in recent weeks.

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