(Brussels, 25/6). Reports by Brussels insiders suggest the European Union may table a submission to the European parliament brought against the controversial Indonesian paper company APRIL. The petition made by a consortium of NGOs, and individual citizens calling for the ban of sale and distribution of paper and palm oil products from Royal Golden Eagle (RGE) to Europe.
APRIL who owns paper brands like PaperOne, palm oil products of Asian Agri exposed in purchasing illegal palm oil, the Liquid Natural gas importer Pacific Oil and Gas in Canada and Viscose products was sanctioned by the NGOs after a new report emerged the Indonesian company did not to meet basic environmental standards made by the Canadian NGO Canopy.
APRIL Executives of companies owned by the controversial Tanoto family has been in the news for a long time. Allegations of human rights violations, land grabbing, tax avoidance, community conflicts and a slur of other allegations continue to be made against the company.
In 2017 the company was identified in the Paradise papers by the investigation of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalism (ICIJ). The company was convicted by the Indonesian government in a landmark tax evasion case although executives escaped criminal prosecution.
The citizen petition calls on the European Council and the subcommittee on the environment to consider a Europe wide ban of all APRIL products and calls for criminal prosecution of executives for violating environmental standards of the EU as well as review the import permits to the EU.