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EU rules on illegal logging and deforestation impact of EU market products: Have your say

The European Commission has launched public consultations on the functioning of the EU Timber Regulation and the FLEGT Regulation, and the deforestation impact of products placed on the EU market.

Two key EU regulations to fight illegal logging, the Forest law enforcement, governance and trade regulation (FLEGT) and the EU timber regulation (EUTR), will be evaluated. According to the Commission, the EUTR and FLEGT Regulation “fitness check” will “look at the effectiveness, efficiency, coherence, relevance and EU added value of both regulations in contributing to the fight against illegal logging.” As the regulations are closely related, the Commission is carrying out a common evaluation to assess whether they are fit for purpose.

Opportunity for feedback is open until 26 November 2020.

The Deforestation and Forest Products Impact Assessment will contribute to an impact assessment investigating the suitability of “different demand-side measures to address deforestation and forest degradation associated with EU consumption”. The consultation will gather stakeholder opinions on potential additional measures to reduce the impact of products placed on the EU market.

Opportunity for feedback is open until 10 December 2020. 

Author: FLEGT.org Info

Evaluation of EU rules on illegal logging: public feedback opportunity

The European Commission has invited public feedback on EU action to tackle illegal logging – the harvesting of wood in contravention of the laws and regulations.

The public consultation on FLEGT and the EUTR is open until 28 February. Source: Robertus Pudyanto, EU FLEGT Facility

The EU has two key legal acts to fight illegal logging:

  • Forest law enforcement, governance and trade regulation (FLEGT) and
  • the EU timber regulation (EUTR).

This “fitness check” will according to the Commission examine the “effectiveness, efficiency, coherence, relevance and EU added value of both regulations in contributing to the fight against illegal logging globally. It will also include the implementing regulations of both instruments as well as the delegated regulation on Monitoring Organisations and will cover all Member States and relevant third countries.”

The evaluation will help assess whether the instruments are fit for purpose or need to be revised. It will also address the coherence between the regulations and “provide a very valuable input for the assessment of potential additional demand side measures.”

The review will cover the whole period since the instruments entered into force, with the focus on the implementation during the last three years, “given that in 2016 evaluations of the EUTR and of the FLEGT Action Plan were published. Furthermore, the FLEGT licensing scheme became operational in 2016.” 

The evaluation findings “will be considered in the assessment of demand-side measures for other commodities associated with deforestation.”

Opportunity for feedback is open until 28 February

Author: EU FLEGT Facility