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EU Timber Regulation Report: “Continuous efforts are needed to ensure uniform and effective application of the EUTR,” says EC
26th October 2018

EU Timber Regulation Report: “Continuous efforts are needed to ensure uniform and effective application of the EUTR,” says EC

On 5th October 2018, the European Commission (EC) formally adopted the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) Report 2017, the second biennial report on implementation since the regulation came into law in March 2013.

This second report on the EUTR implementation, covering the period March 2015 to February 2017 and based on the reports from the 28 EU Member States and Norway, reveals steady progress after four years of its application.

Almost all countries comply with the formal requirements of the EUTR. Over the reporting period, the number of checks made and sanctions applied for violations of the EUTR has significantly increased. Despite clear progress, continuous efforts are needed to ensure a uniform and effective application of the EUTR across countries.

Uneven implementation can have potential implications in terms of both the effectiveness of legislation and a level playing field for market operators. Further effort should be made to ensure that the scope and quality of the checks carried out reflect a more consistent approach across the EU.

“The Commission will continue its cooperation with the Member States on supplementing EUTR guidance to achieve a uniform application and facilitate its implementation by the operators. The Commission will also help approximate enforcement approaches between competent authorities and continue to explore additional tools to improve the EUTR implementation in cooperation with the Member States and relevant stakeholders.”

 

[Source: European Commission]