Proposal for a Regulation on the making available on the Union market as well as export from the Union of certain commodities and products associated with deforestation and forest degradation

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Series Details COM (2021) 706
Publication Date 17/11/2021
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Summary:

Legislative initiative tabled by the European Commission on 17 November 2021, aimed at curbing deforestation and forest degradation driven by the European Union (EU). The draft law aims to repeal Regulation (EU) No 995/2010. This is a text with EEA relevance.

Further information:

Regulation (EU) No 995/2010 - also known as EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) - prohibits illegally harvested timber from being placed on the EU market, and sets out preconditions for the marketing of timber and timber products in the EU. This is part of a wider legislative framework which the European Commission considered to only partially address deforestation.

The proposed rules aim to guarantee that products that EU citizens buy, use and consume on the EU market do not contribute to global deforestation and forest degradation. The draft law sets mandatory due diligence rules for companies which want to place a number of commodities on the EU market to achieve such objective. A benchmarking system would be used to assess countries and their level of risk of deforestation and forest degradation driven by the commodities in the scope of the Regulation.

The draft law was tabled by the European Commission on 17 November 2021. The Council of the European Union adopted its general approach on 28 June 2022. The plenary of the European Parliament adopted a negotiating position on 13 September.

Source Link https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/ALL/?uri=COM:2021:706:FIN
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Commentary and Analysis
Greanpeace: Briefing, 09/11/2021: EU anti-deforestation law could have serious holes https://www.greenpeace.org/eu-unit/issues/nature-food/45908/briefing-eu-anti-deforestation-law-could-have-serious-holes/
World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF): News, 10/11/2021: EU deforestation law cannot afford to lower level of ambition https://www.wwf.eu/?uNewsID=5093891
Greenpeace: Stories, 17/11/2021: Will the EU finally end its complicity in global deforestation? https://www.greenpeace.org/international/story/50848/eu-complicity-global-deforestation-forests-law/
Conservation International: Press Release, 17/11/2021: Conservation International statement on the European Union legislative proposal to address deforestation https://www.conservation.org/press-releases/2021/11/17/conservation-international-statement-on-the-european-union-legislative-proposal-to-address-deforestation
ClientEarth: Press Release, 17/11/2021: New EU deforestation law 'welcome, but weak': ClientEarth https://www.clientearth.org/latest/press-office/press/new-eu-deforestation-law-welcome-but-weak-clientearth/
Euronews, 17/11/2021: Explained: How the EU plans to ban products linked to deforestation https://www.euronews.com/2021/11/17/explained-how-the-eu-plans-to-ban-products-linked-to-deforestation
Politico, 17/11/2021: 4 things to know about the EU’s effort to stop deforestation https://www.politico.eu/article/commission-adds-new-wrinkle-to-lifestyle-choices-deforestation/
Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI): Press Release, 17/11/2021: The European pulp and paper industry supports EU action to safeguard the world’s forests and calls for focus on the real drivers of deforestation https://www.cepi.org/press-release-the-european-pulp-and-paper-industry-supports-eu-action-to-safeguard-the-worlds-forests-and-calls-for-focus-on-the-real-drivers-of-deforestation/
Greens/EFA EP Group: Opinion, 17/11/2021: New EU deforestation law could fail to protect our precious ecosystems - we're not out of the woods yet https://www.greens-efa.eu/opinions/2021/11/17/new-eu-deforestation-law-could-fail-to-protect-our-precious-ecosystems/
FoodDrink Europe: Resources, 16/02/2022: Deforestation-free products - Position Paper https://www.fooddrinkeurope.eu/resource/deforestation-free-products-position-paper/
VoxEurop, 21/02/2022: Europe’s deforestation proposal must do more for smallholder farmers https://voxeurop.eu/en/europes-deforestation-proposal-must-do-more-for-smallholder-farmers/
EPRS: Briefing, September 2022: Towards deforestation-free commodities and products in the EU https://www.europarl.europa.eu/thinktank/en/document/EPRS_BRI(2022)698925
ClientEarth: Press Release, 13/09/2022: European Parliament ground-breaking vote on deforestation law a ‘big victory’ - ClientEarth lawyers https://www.clientearth.org/latest/press-office/european-parliament-ground-breaking-vote-on-deforestation-law-a-big-victory-clientearth-lawyers/
Greenpeace: Press Release, 13/09/2022: EU parliament votes to take forest destruction off supermarket shelves https://www.greenpeace.org/eu-unit/issues/nature-food/46368/eu-parliament-votes-to-take-forest-destruction-off-supermarket-shelves/

News
The Guardian, 12/11/2021: Trade officials ‘taking a chainsaw’ to EU forest protection plans https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/nov/12/trade-officials-taking-a-chainsaw-to-eu-forest-protection-plans
The Guardian, 17/11/2021: EU aims to curb deforestation with beef and coffee import ban https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/nov/17/eu-deforestation-beef-coffee-import-ban-commodities-endangered-forests
Reuters, 17/11/2021: EU proposes law preventing import of goods linked to deforestation https://www.reuters.com/business/environment/eu-commission-proposes-imports-curbs-goods-linked-deforestation-2021-11-17/
EurActiv, 17/11/2021: Europe proposes mandatory due diligence to stop deforestation in supply chains https://www.euractiv.com/section/energy-environment/news/europe-proposes-mandatory-due-diligence-to-stop-deforestation-in-supply-chains/
EUObserver, 18/11/2021: EU imposes rules on six products to halt 'imported deforestation' https://euobserver.com/climate/153547
RFI News, 20/11/2021: EU's 'groundbreaking' plan to ban food, wood imports from deforested areas https://www.rfi.fr/en/europe/20211120-eu-s-groundbreaking-plan-to-ban-food-wood-imports-from-deforested-areas-cop26
EUObserver, 21/02/2022: Last-minute calls to delay EU deforestation law https://euobserver.com/green-economy/154405
Politico, 30/06/2022: Industry warns against EU’s traceability plans to prevent deforestation https://www.politico.eu/article/industry-warn-against-eu-traceability-plan-prevent-deforestation/
The Guardian, 05/07/2022: Scientists warn MEPs against watering down EU deforestation law https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/jul/05/scientists-warn-meps-against-watering-down-eu-deforestation-law
EurActiv, 12/09/2022: Parliament urged to back EU law on deforestation-free products https://www.euractiv.com/section/climate-environment/news/parliament-urged-to-back-eu-law-on-deforestation-free-products/
Associated Press (AP News), 13/09/2022: EU lawmakers support ban of goods linked to deforestation https://apnews.com/article/forests-european-union-deforestation-dfac73fb792f185df0b3b79a055abdbf
Le Monde, 18/09/2022: Forests: European Parliament makes progress on deforestation, wood use https://www.lemonde.fr/en/environment/article/2022/09/18/forests-european-parliament-makes-progress-on-deforestation-wood-use_5997405_114.html

Official
EUR-LEX: SWD(2021)325: Staff Working Document accompanying the Proposal - Subsidiarity Grid https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/ALL/?uri=SWD:2021:325:FIN
EUR-LEX: SWD(2021)326: Staff Working Document accompanying the Proposal - Impact Assessment on minimising the risk of deforestation and forest degradation associated with products placed on the EU market https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/ALL/?uri=SWD:2021:326:FIN
EUR-LEX: SWD(2021)327: Staff Working Document accompanying the Proposal - Executive Summary of Impact Assessment on minimising the risk of deforestation and forest degradation associated with products placed on the EU market https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/ALL/?uri=SWD:2021:327:FIN
EUR-LEX: SWD(2021)328: Staff Working Document accompanying the Proposal - Fitness Check on Regulation (EU) No 995/2010 and Regulation (EC) No 2173/2005 https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/ALL/?uri=SWD:2021:328:FIN
EUR-LEX: SWD(2021)329: Staff Working Document accompanying the Proposal - Executive Summary of Fitness Check on Regulation (EU) No 995/2010 and Regulation (EC) No 2173/2005 https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/ALL/?uri=SWD:2021:329:FIN
European Parliament: Legislative Observatory: Procedure File for Proposal on Deforestation Regulation (2021/0366(COD)) https://oeil.secure.europarl.europa.eu/oeil/popups/ficheprocedure.do?reference=2021/0366(COD)
European Parliament: Legislative Train Schedule: Minimising the risk of deforestation and forest degradation associated with products places on the EU market https://www.europarl.europa.eu/legislative-train/theme-a-european-green-deal/file-deforestation-and-forest-degradation-linked-to-products-placed-on-the-eu-market
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Council of the European Union: Press Release, 28/06/2022: Council agrees on new rules to drive down deforestation and forest degradation globally https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2022/06/28/council-agrees-on-new-rules-to-drive-down-deforestation-and-forest-degradation/
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European Parliament: Press Release, 13/09/2022: Climate change: new rules for companies to help limit global deforestation https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/press-room/20220909IPR40140/

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