Worse than expected: Fears surround Indonesia’s draft job creation law
Indonesia has launched a new legal package that includes extreme attacks on Indigenous rights and environmental protections. The EU must respond.
The ‘Greenest’ Commission that Europe has ever seen?
How do the Commissioners-designate plan to protect forests and people and halt deforestation, both within and outside the EU? Fern follows the hearings.
The proposed Mercosur deal throws fuel on the Amazon fires
Hope remains: the deal can still be rejected, as a first step toward requiring that companies and consumers do better.
Commission moves toward suspending Cambodia’s preferential access to the EU
On 11 February 2019, the EU started a process that could lead to the temporary suspension of Cambodia’s preferential access to the EU market under the Everything But Arms (EBA) trade scheme.
Since 2011 under the EBA, Cambodia...
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...
A solid starting point for sustainability and an EU-Indonesia FTA
The draft interim report of the Sustainability Impact Assessment (SIA) for the EU-Indonesia Free Trade negotiations (FW 237) places a strong emphasis on the lessons to be learned from the Forest Law Enforcement Governance and...
Fern welcomes European Parliament call for bold action on forests
Fern welcomes a new report from the European Parliament (EP) on “natural resource management, the case of forests”. Championed by the EP’s Vice President Heidi Hautala and members of its...