Earlier this year the EU had issued a policy directive, known as RED II, citing excessive deforestation because of cultivation of palm oil.
On Friday, Wisnu Wardhana, foreign trade director general at Indonesia’s Trade Ministry stated, the government is aiming to file a case against the European Union at the World Trade Organization in early November over palm oil.
Wardhana did not elaborate any further on the issue.
Incidentally the Indonesian government has repetitively warned that it will challenge the EU’s renewable energy directive, known as RED II, at the WTO’s dispute settlement body citing what it sees as its “discriminative” policy against palm oil.
In 2019, the European Commission had concluded that the cultivation of palm oil is resulting in excessive deforestation; its use in transport fuel should be phased out by 2030.