The Oil Palm’s Q&A Series: Interview with Professor Pierre Garello

Pierre Garello is a Professor of Economics at Université Aix-Marseille in France. During the debate on the French Biodiversity Bill in 2016, Professor Garello presented a study on the Economic Facts About Palm Oil Taxation in France, outlining why a new Palm Oil tax was ‘factually and materially wrong’.

Q – French Senators put forward in early 2016 a proposal for an additional tax on Palm Oil. As … Read More

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The Campaign Against Palm Oil Biofuel Heats Up

Green NGOs, anti-biofuel campaigners and competing vegetable oils producers are starting to escalate their campaign against Palm Oil ahead of the revision of Renewable Energy Directive (RED) that will occur later this year.

The anti-palm oil campaign has recruited politicians, including Member of the European Parliament Maria Teresa Giménez Barbat, a “centre-right liberal” to launch one of the first attacks. Recently, she authored a parliamentary question that condemned the use … Read More

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Malaysian Palm Oil Council: End of the Road for French Palm Oil Tax

Kuala Lumpur (21 July 2016) – The proposed French Palm Oil tax has been definitively rejected, following the final decision by the French National Assembly yesterday.

The French Government, National Assembly, and Senate have now all confirmed the rejection of the Palm Oil tax. This decision is a strong statement towards strengthening the relations between France and Malaysia.

The French Government has stated that it will review the taxation of … Read More

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ANSA NEWS: Spread with most glycerol is not made with palm oil but sunflower

Test from German consumer association shows the problem is in refining.

ROME (ANSA) – The spread with the highest number of GE and 3-MCPD contaminants, does not contain palm oil but rather sunflower oil. GE is a substance with glycerol on which EFSA, the European Food Safety Authority, has recently published a study assessing the risks to public health. This finding in relation to sunflower oil is concluded by Stiftung … Read More

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Malaysian Palm Oil Council: French Senators Confirm Rejection of Palm Oil Tax

Kuala Lumpur (13 July 2016) – The Malaysian Palm Oil Council congratulates French Senators who have confirmed the deletion of the discriminatory Palm Oil tax during the Senate Plenary session this week.

The French Government, National Assembly, and Senate have now all confirmed the rejection of the palm oil tax. This decision must be upheld, now and in the future.

The French Government has stated that it will review the … Read More

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Malaysian Palm Oil Council: French Senate Committee Confirms Palm Oil Tax Withdrawal

Kuala Lumpur (6 July 2016) – The Malaysian Palm Oil Council congratulates the French Senators who have confirmed the deletion of the discriminatory palm oil tax during the Sustainable Development Committee meeting today, following the earlier rejection of the tax by the National Assembly in June.

The Senate will now have a chance to put an end to the palm oil tax campaign by confirming the deletion of the tax … Read More

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Malaysia’s Trade Position and Palm Oil

Trade is critical to Malaysian Palm Oil.

This means that Malaysia’s trade agreements – and proposed trade agreements – are of substantial importance to the industry.

There are two that are currently on the table, one with EFTA (European Free Trade Association – comprising Switzerland, Norway, Liechtenstein and Iceland) and the re-energised agreement with the EU.

So what’s at stake?

The Malaysia-EFTA agreement generally doesn’t get a lot of attention; … Read More

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