|Author (Corporate)||European Commission: DG Environment|
|Series Details||COM (2021) 706|
|Content Type||Blog & Commentary, News, Policy-making|
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.
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.
|Subject Categories||Environment, Internal Markets|
|Subject Tags||Forestry | Timber, Natural Resources|
|International Organisations||European Union [EU]|