Could the palm oil arrangement between Indonesia and Switzerland offer lessons for EU and Indonesia free trade agreement negotiations?
The agreement innovates by linking tariff reductions to sustainability – but fails to integrate governance reform.
An update on the Indonesia-EU trade agreement
Indonesia and EU negotiators are continuing trade discussions. The EU must ensure respect for human rights and environment.
Annual Report 2019
The world’s forests, and the rights of many who depend on them, remained under assault in 2019.
These attacks came from many directions: from the erosion of environmental and human rights protections in Brazil under President Jair Bolsonaro, to the Amazon fires; from the EU’s devastating bioenergy policy, to its raft of Free Trade Agreements with forested countries to increase our insatiable consumption of products that drive deforestation; from a lack of secure tenure rights for people depending on forests for their survival, to failures of transparency and accountability in the forest sector…
Pushing EU trade in the right direction?
Perrine Fournier analyses the French-Dutch call for making trade more sustainable in EU free trade agreements.
Indonesia’s response to coronavirus threatens to increase illegal logging
Perrine Fournier explains how the EU should react.
Detoxifying palm oil
How European Union policy could remove deforestation and human rights violations from the palm oil trade with Indonesia
Indonesian–EU palm oil trade and consumption
'Improving coherence of EU actions to avoid deforestation and human rights abuses'
ASEAN and EU create group to explore palm oil sustainability issues
Issues surrounding palm oil are increasingly causing division between the EU and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN); therefore, at their 22nd ministerial meeting in Brussels, 21 January 2019, they agreed to...
Deep in Denial
When the head of the WTO says trade does not impact the environment we should all be worried.
Planting the forest at the root of the EU-Indonesia trade relationship - joint paper
The European Union and Indonesia are currently negotiating a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA). Both Parties have clear objectives for the trade deal, from increased sales in machinery and transport equipment, to...