Great success for the tropical forest +++ Palm oil to be excluded from the planned free trade agreement
The large Chamber of the Swiss Parliament adopted on Wednesday evening a motion by SVP National Councilor Jean-Pierre Grin for the exclusion of palm oil from the planned free trade agreement with Malaysia with 140:35 votes.
(BERN, SWITZERLAND) A great surprise for the Bruno Manser Fund in the Swiss parliament: The National Council votes 140-35 (with 10 abstentions) for the exclusion of palm oil from the planned free trade agreement with Malaysia.
Together with the Swiss palm oil coalition, the Bruno Manser Fund has campaigned against free trade in palm oil in recent years. Palm oil extraction is often associated with the destruction of the rainforest and the disregard for the rights of indigenous people. A tariff reduction to palm oil brought about by the free trade agreement would have further aggravated the problem.
"The vote of the National Council shows that free trade should not be at the expense of sustainability," said Johanna Michel of the Bruno Manser Fund. "We expect from the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) that they exclude palm oil from the planned free trade agreement with Indonesia, too."
Only a few days ago, the SECO opposed the exclusion of palm oil from the free trade agreement with Indonesia.
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