RSPO to engage with European Commission on EU's stricter measures

SUBANG JAYA: The Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) will be engaging with and providing information to the European Commission as the European Union (EU) seeks to tighten restrictions on palm oil import.

"We will be talking and engaging with the European Commission to help them understand us better before they make a decision," RSPO CEO Datuk Darrel Webber told reporters at a briefing today.

"First and foremost they must get the important facts which is why we talk to them on smallholders and all that. If they get their facts right then they can make an objective decision. Our job is to provide them with enough facts," he said.

Earlier this month, the EU passed a non-binding resolution in Parliament seeking to impose tighter restrictions on the import of palm oil and is now looking at a single certification scheme for this purpose.

Webber said RSPO members already have a high level of standard and compliance, and would be able to adapt easily to any changes in EU.