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Energy & Environment Regulations

‘Unsustainable’ palm oil: MEPs call for regulation, product discrimination

The European Parliament adopted by an overwhelming majority a legally non binding report that calls on the EU to introduce regulation to curtail imports of palm oil whose production does not meet international environmental and social sustainability criteria.   Drafted by Czech MEP Katerina Konecna (GUE/NL) from the environment committee, …

Energy & Environment Indonesia South Asia & ASEAN Trade defence WTO & Plurilaterals WTO disputes

Indonesia revives EU biodiesel antidumping disputes with new WTO complaint

If you believed the fate of the EU’s biodiesel antidumping duties was sealed after the WTO appellate body’s ruling on a case brought by Argentina and a European Court of Justice ruling annulling these measures in the autumn 2016, stand corrected. The saga goes on.   This week, Indonesia filed a complaint in …

Energy & Environment

European Parliament wants trade policy to help tackle wildlife trafficking

Members of the European Parliament have overwhelmingly voted on Thursday (2 March 2017) in favour of tackling wildlife trafficking through  EU trade policy.   The own-initiative, non legislative, text is a follow-up to the European Union’s 2016 Action Plan against wildlife trafficking. The report was endorsed by an overwhelming majority of 94 percent …

Energy & Environment Indonesia South Asia & ASEAN

Indonesia FTA papers: Intellectual property and raw materials among top EU priorities

The EU Commission has released nine revealing negotiating texts it tabled to Indonesian trade authorities during the second round of free trade talks held in Jakarta in late January.   The report on the round published by the Commission hailed the talks as “constructive” and explained that the EU set …