Equal Treatment for Palm Oil Biofuels, Demand Malaysian Small Farmers

EU “Compromises” on Palm Oil Must Respect WTO and Non-Discrimination

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Malaysia’s small farmers set out their expectations as the EU institutions enter their fifth Trilogue negotiation over the Renewable Energy Directive (RED), on Wednesday 13th June.

EU leaders are split on how Palm Oil imports will be treated under the RED: MEPs have called for a total ban; the French Government proposed a freeze on Palm Oil imports; now new compromise proposals have been tabled calling for the EU Commission to investigate feedstocks expanding into “high carbon stock” land.

The National Association of SmallHolders (NASH) sets out that any compromise must treat Palm Oil equally; must respect WTO rules; avoid non-scientific criteria such as ILUC; and reject politically-motivated terms such as “high carbon stock” (HCS).

Dato’ Haji Aliasak Bin Haji Ambia, President of the National Association of SmallHolders (NASH), said:

“EU leaders, Ministers and Ambassadors have made multiple promises to Malaysian small farmers over many months. The only way we can trust Europe is if there is 100% equal treatment for Palm Oil biofuels. That is the only fair, just and WTO-acceptable outcome from today’s Trilogue.

“That means:

  • No cap, freeze, or ban targeting Palm Oil;
  • No deceitful technical criteria, such as ILUC;
  • No reliance on unclear and undefined terms, such as HCS;
  • No WTO-incompatible targeting of non-EU feedstocks.

“Anything else would be a betrayal of Europe’s promises to Malaysia.  

“The EU claims to disagree with President Trump – but if the EU imposes any trade restrictions on Palm Oil biofuels it is clear that they are simply copying & pasting Trump’s anti-trade playbook to satisfy their domestic protectionist lobbies.”



Faces of Palm Oil is a joint project of the National Association of Small Holders (NASH), the Federal Land Development Authority (FELDA), the Dayak Oil Palm Planters Association (DOPPA), the Sarawak Land Consolidation and Rehabilitation Authority (SALCRA) and the Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC) that seeks to advocate on behalf of Malaysian smallholders. To learn more, visit FacesOfPalmOil.org.