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Dutch and Belgian Importers' Views on FLEGT

09-07-2019
FLEGT, EU Timber Regulation

Although the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) has narrowed the supply base for tropical timber imported into the EU, traders in Belgium and the Netherlands still strongly support the FLEGT regulatory approach. They wish to continue combining licensing with EUTR in efforts to build a platform that can help rebuild confidence in tropical timber in the EU …

Laos and EU closer to agreement on forest law enforcement

27-06-2019
Laos, EU, forestry, trade

The EU and Laos have concluded the third formal negotiation towards an agreement on a Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) on Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT). The talks took place in Brussels, Belgium from 17-21 June 2019. The Agreement aims to establish a system to verify the legality of timber products harvested and …

EFI and CIFOR join forces

31-05-2019
European Forest Institute, CIFOR

The European Forest Institute (EFI) and the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) plan to join forces on research including the role of sustainable forest management in achieving the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals and to better connect science to policy action. The two organisations on May 24 signed a Memorandum of Understanding …

Vietnam ready to trade legal timber with the EU

10-05-2019
Vietnam, legal timber, EU, VPA, FLECT, VNTLAS

Starting from June 1, Vietnam can export only verified legal timber products to the European Union (EU) markets as the Voluntary Partnership Agreement on Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (VPA/FLECT) will officially enter into force, reported Viet Nam News. The Delegation of the EU to Vietnam and Vietnam Ministry of Agriculture and …

EU singles out palm oil for removal from transport fuel

15-03-2019
Europe, Malaysia, Indonesia

The European Commission has concluded that palm oil cultivation results in excessive deforestation and its use in transport fuel should be phased out, setting the bloc on a collision course with major palm oil producers Malaysia and Indonesia. The Commission published its criteria on Wednesday for determining what crops cause environmental harm, …

EU ready to begin trade arbitration with Ukraine to lift moratorium on timber exports

18-10-2018
EU, Ukraine, lifting of moratorium, timber exports, Ukraine-EU Association Agreement

The European Union will likely begin commercial arbitration with Ukraine soon to lift a moratorium on exports of round timber as the one violating the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement, Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze has said. “Unfortunately, Ukraine really violates the Association …

European green energy SMEs eyeing market opportunities in Southeast Asia

17-10-2018
European green energy SMEs, business partnerships, Green Energy Technologies business mission, Indonesia, Singapore

Green Energy Technologies business mission to explore business partnerships with local and regional companies SINGAPORE, October 2018 – On 28 October, about 40 European companies from 15 different European Union (EU) Member States will embark on a week-long Green Energy Technologies business mission to Indonesia and Singapore. This mission …