Govt to file WTO complaint against EU palm biofuel policy

Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok.

KUALA LUMPUR: Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok says the government will submit a complaint to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) by November to challenge the European Union’s restrictions on palm biofuel.

She said the documents related to the complaint are currently with the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC).

“We already had a discussion with the AGC. They are assisting and helping us identify some experts who can argue the case (we want to file with) the WTO.

“A lot of things are in place now,” she told a press conference after the opening of the 9th International Planters Conference here today.

Kok also said the Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries would hold a ministerial meeting with Indonesia to discuss the issue.

“We want to know what proposals they want to come out with (regarding the palm oil biofuel restrictions by the EU), and definitely our case against the EU will also be discussed,” she said.

Asked whether Malaysia would go it alone if Indonesia is not interested in submitting a joint complaint to the international body, she said: “Strategically, it would be good for us if we do it with Indonesia.”