Malaysia vows WTO lawsuit against EU over palm oil


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Malaysia will file a lawsuit at the World Trade Organisation over the European Union’s plans to end the use of palm oil-based biofuels, a minister said Wednesday (2 July).

The Southeast Asian country is the world’s second biggest palm oil producer after Indonesia and would be hit hard by the EU’s plan to phase out its use in biofuels by 2030.

European restrictions were “discriminatory” and risked throwing the livelihoods of three million people into disarray, said Mohamed Khairuddin Aman Razali, the Malaysian minister overseeing the industry.

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