Establishment of a joint EU/ASEAN working group on palm oil

Posted on: januar 23, 2019

On the 21 January 2019, the Foreign Ministers of Member States of the European Union and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the Commission, the Foreign Ministers of the Member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) gathered in Brussels, Belgium, at the 22nd EU-ASEAN Ministerial Meeting.

Among other commitments and agreements, the meeting welcomed the establishment of a joint working group between the EU and relevant ASEAN Member States to address issues and challenges relating to palm oil in more close collaboration. 

During the meeting discussions were held on how to further strengthen EU-ASEAN cooperation, especially on global challenges such as fair and open trade; the promotion and protection of human rights; cybersecurity; and sustainable development. The meeting acknowledged the shared commitment to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SDG’s.

The support for preserving and strengthening an open, fair, non-discriminatory, transparent, rules-based multilateral trading system with the World Trade Organisation (WTO) at its core, and the need to address barriers to international trade was reaffirmed.

The full statement can be found here.