Milestone agreement to prevent illegal wood imports to EU from Central African Republic

The agreement also provides European consumers with the assurance that wood products imported from the Central African Republic, including furniture and wood chips used for bio-fuel, are of legal origin. The Agreement comes as a result of the strong mutual commitment to eradicate illegal logging and to bring more transparency to the timber trade. Besides ensuring the legality of its timber exports, the agreement will also promote the sustainable management of forests in the country.

Development Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs, said: "Today's agreement will be a significant step forward in the Central African Republic's journey towards an improved legal and business environment for the timber trade." He added: "This agreement also contributes directly to poverty reduction by supporting the timber sector which is the country's biggest private employer".

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