Reviewing the implementation of the EU Timber Regulation for the EC

Efeca, together with consortium partners Indufor and the University of Padova supported the European Commission in reviewing the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) over the first two years of implementation. Project activities included assessing applications of monitoring organisations and developing the Biennial Report formats for the Competent Authorities to report EUTR implementation back to the EC.

Efeca also supported the organisation of a stakeholder consultation across Member States, providing an opportunity for stakeholders to submit their views on the application of the EUTR. To improve monitoring and implementation of the EUTR, the consortium developed a review report based on Member States’ Biennial reports and additional information such as collected trade statistics. This report provided input to the EUTR effectiveness review report the EC published on 18 February 2016.

The review report shows progress of implementation but also a need for more efforts from both Member States and the private sector. The report confirms that the types and level of sanctions for infringements are highly divergent across Member States and that CAs have different understandings and enforcement of the EUTR. The report suggests that insufficient resources allocated to CAs are a major challenge for the effective enforcement of the EUTR. Implementation and compliance are also uneven among the private sector, but EU operators seem to have increasingly applied EUTR due diligence requirements.

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