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EUTR Information – June to August 2020

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This subject of the EUTR Information offers an replace on the operation of the EU’s regulation to handle unlawful logging, the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR), from June to August 2020. As with all of our earlier editions, this subject will embody info on what each the European Fee and EU Member States are doing to make sure the right software of the EUTR, and supply updates on comparable laws internationally.

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Contents:

1. European Fee’s actions to help the implementation and enforcement of the EUTR

European Fee publishes each public consultations on FLEGT and EUTR
European Fee publishes newest Briefing Notice for Competent Authorities
European Fee publishes new EU Timber Regulation nation overviews
European Fee FLEGT/EUTR Knowledgeable Group conferences
European Fee examine on Certification and Verification Schemes within the Forest Sector and for Wooden-based Merchandise

2. Member State enforcement of the EUTR

Romania to prosecute 166 individuals for unlawful logging after nationwide police operation

3. Different EU and worldwide updates

New Chinese language Forest Legislation
Earthsight Report – ‘IKEA’s unlawful timber drawback and the flawed inexperienced label behind it’
EIA report – ‘The Croatian connection uncovered’

4. Publications and sources

NEPCon launches the LIFE Authorized Wooden Challenge
Fern occasion – Ending imported destruction: how EU due diligence rules may defend forests and folks

1. European Fee’s actions to help the implementation and enforcement of the EUTR

The European Fee is now coming into into the subsequent part of its Health Verify of the EUTR and FLEGT Regulation with the publishing of each public consultations. Moreover, this summer time has seen the discharge of the newest UNEP-WCMC briefing and new EUTR nation overviews.

European Fee publishes each public consultations on FLEGT and EUTR

On Three September 2020, the European Fee launched concurrently the general public consultations for each rules, as they’re intently associated. This public session is a part of the broader health examine train carried out by the European Fee to judge the functioning of each the EU Timber Regulation and the FLEGT Regulation. This session goals at gathering the views of the involved public and of a variety of related stakeholders to assist inform the Fee on whether or not the EU Timber Regulation and the FLEGT Regulation are match for goal. The session is obtainable to view right here and stakeholders can take part till 26 November 2020.

European Fee publishes newest Briefing Notice for Competent Authorities

In June 2020, the Fee printed the newest briefing be aware for Competent Authorities (masking February to Might 2020) produced by UNEP-WCMC. Earlier editions will be discovered right here.

European Fee publishes new EU Timber Regulation nation overviews

All through June and July, the Fee launched new EU Timber Regulation nation overviews for: Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cameroon, Malaysia and Côte d’Ivoire.

European Fee FLEGT/EUTR Knowledgeable Group conferences

The FLEGT/EUTR Knowledgeable Group held its 28th assembly on 16 June 2020. The agenda of the assembly included, amongst others, dialogue on the Communication on ‘Stepping up EU Motion to Shield and Restore the World’s Forests’, an replace on EUTR implementation and VPAs, and an replace on implementation of the licensing scheme underneath the FLEGT Regulation. Minutes must be out there quickly.

The European Fee additionally printed the minutes of the 27th assembly, which happened on 19 February 2020.

European Fee examine on Certification and Verification Schemes within the Forest Sector and for Wooden-based Merchandise

Again in March 2020, NEPCon was contracted by the European Fee to hold out a examine entitled “Examine on Certification and Verification Schemes within the Forest Sector and for Wooden-based Merchandise”. The examine is scheduled to run for 12 months, and considered one of it’s aims is to ‘develop and apply a framework for the analysis of such certification and third social gathering verification schemes together with their respective strengths and weaknesses, in relation to the EUTR’.

NEPCon is predicted to supply a report that can embody an outline of certification and verification schemes getting used within the space of forest and wood-based merchandise and an evaluation of their respective strengths and weaknesses, significantly in relation to the EUTR. NEPCon organised an introductory webinar on this examine on 18 June 2020, and launched a consultative discussion board which lasted till finish of July. NEPCon is now compiling the outcomes of this discussion board, and requesting suggestions on the examine methodology. Extra info will be discovered right here.

2. Member State enforcement of the EUTR

Romania to prosecute 166 individuals for unlawful logging after nationwide police operation

In line with a publication within the Romanian Universul.web, in June 2020, Romanian authorities say 166 individuals are dealing with felony fees for unlawful logging within the nation’s forests.

In line with the article (which will be learn right here), the police have been investigating unlawful logging actions throughout Romania in a bid to guard the nation’s forests and fight widespread unlawful logging. Police say they’ve 93 separate instances and authorities have confiscated 555 sq. meters of wooden value 320,000 lei, about 66,500 euros. This assertion from the police got here because the Senate prepares to vote on establishing a prosecution company for unlawful logging.

3. Different EU and worldwide updates

New Chinese language Forest Legislation

On 1 July 2020, China’s newly amended forest regulation got here into impact, marking the primary revision of the regulation in over twenty years. The regulation introduces various vital enhancements, which intention to raised defend China’s forest sources, promote sustainable growth and contribute to the nationwide coverage of constructing an ecological civilisation.

The amended forest regulation features a ban on shopping for, transporting, and/or processing illegally sourced timber, and requires processing corporations to ascertain an information report of uncooked supplies and merchandise (Article 65). Learn extra on the brand new regulation right here.

Earthsight Report – ‘IKEA’s unlawful timber drawback and the flawed inexperienced label behind it’

In June 2020, Earthsight launched a report following an 18 month lengthy investigation, by which they allege that IKEA is promoting beech chairs produced from wooden which was illegally felled within the forests of the Ukrainian Carpathians. The report describes the reliance of IKEA on the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) to certify the timber it wants. The examine then dives into the alleged failures of FSC in Ukraine, and what, in Earthsight’s view, must be the accountability of IKEA, as a accountable enterprise, to deviate from FSC if this certification is failing. The report will be discovered right here.

EIA report – ‘The Croatian connection uncovered’

On 28 Might 2020, the Environmental Investigation Company launched a report entitled ‘The Croatian connection uncovered’, by which it describes having uncovered European timber merchants evading EU legal guidelines to put their merchandise from Myanmar onto the market. Their report mentions lack of due diligence, in addition to different potential fraudulent behaviour from sure timber importers. Entry the report right here.

4. Publications and sources

NEPCon launches the LIFE Authorized Wooden Challenge

In cooperation with companions in Italy, France, Belgium, Germany, Spain and the Netherlands, NEPCon has launched the LIFE Authorized Wooden challenge to assist deal with the difficulty of unlawful logging. The challenge goals to handle the sourcing of unlawful timber in complicated provide chains, whereas addressing burdens small companies could face in regards to the EUTR.

The LIFE Authorized Wooden challenge will work instantly with European corporations in timber importing industries reminiscent of furnishings manufacturing, retail, packaging and timber wholesale. Companies are invited to share their EUTR and wooden sourcing experiences by taking part in an nameless on-line survey. Learn extra right here.

Fern occasion – Ending imported destruction: how EU due diligence rules may defend forests and folks

On Three July 2020, Fern hosted an internet occasion entitled ‘Ending imported destruction: how EU due diligence rules may defend forests and folks’. Panellists explored choices for regulating agricultural provide chains, together with drawing on expertise from the EUTR, and how an overarching horizontal EU human rights regulation may complement and work together with a product-centred forest-specific regulation. Extra info on these discussions will be discovered right here.

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