Assessing the impact of the EU Timber Regulation and FLEGT Action Plan

21 April 2015, European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium


In May 2003 the European Commission presented the EU Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan. This marked the beginning of a process by which the EU aims to develop and implement measures to address illegal logging and related trade.

The primary means of implementing the Plan is through Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs) and the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR), two parts of the FLEGT Action Plan which are meant to reinforce each other. VPAs are bilateral trade agreements developed between the EU and timber producing partner countries. These countries are initially engaged in the process on a voluntary basis and afterwards, if ratified, these agreements become legally-binding.

The EUTR further reinforces these endeavours by requiring importers to demonstrate “due diligence” and prohibits imports of illegally harvested timber or timber products. The EUTR has been in force since March 2013.

In 2015, FLEGT has been in force for 12 years, and EUTR for two years:

  • What has been the experience of these policies?
  • How successful have they been in tackling the illegal timber trade, and what has been their impact?
  • What are the lessons learned, and possible recommendations for further actions?

In order to address these questions, the European Forest Institute (EFI) coordinated a policy study on the topic, which was presented at the event.

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From Science to Policy 1, 2015

Ragnar Jonsson, Alexandru Giruca, Mauro Masiero, Ed Pepke, Davide Pettenella, Jeffrey Prestemon and Georg Winkel

This event was not an official part of the ongoing European Commission FLEGT and EUTR evaluation process but sought to contribute by helping to synthesise the science-input and by supporting science-policy dialogue on the topic.