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Malaysia denies withdrawing option to file WTO suit against EU on palm oil

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | February 14, 2020
Malaysia has not retracted its option to file a World Trade Organization (WTO) suit against European Union (EU) restrictions on palm oil based biofuel, the minister in charge of palm oil said.
Teresa Kok
Palm oil in Malaysia   Minister Teresa Kok
Minister Teresa Kok said a Reuters report three days ago misquoted her as saying that Malaysia no longer plans to file the suit and will instead seek to convince the EU to change its treatment of the crop in a review scheduled for 2021.

Topics: Malaysia WTO palm oil

"We continue to view the Delegated Regulation as a discredit to the Malaysian palm oil industry's commitment towards mandatory sustainability since it creates additional trade barriers and impedes our sustainability efforts throughout our palm oil supply chain," she said in a statement on Friday.

Kok said she had requested a review of the Delegated Regulation.

The review process is scheduled to take place soon and should be completed June 2021, she said.