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EC director calls for enforcement of EU Timber Regulation

08-07-2014 kl. 16:30
European Commission (EC) director general Karl Falkenberg has threatened to take legal action against countries within the European Union (EU) that are not enforcing the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR).

In April, Mr Falkenberg wrote to the governments of all EU nations requesting details on their progress towards full compliance with the legislation, Timber Trades Journal reports.

The countries were given a month to reply to the EC director, providing information relating to their sanctions for breaches and whether enforcement agencies had begun making checks on operator companies' due diligence illegality risk assessment. However, only 21 of the 28 governments responded in this timeframe.

As a result, Mr Falkenberg has written again to the remaining nations and a spokesperson said the outstanding replies are expected in the near future. 

He indicated the majority of those who have responded are undertaking the EUTR implementation, monitoring and policing measures, but stated further steps will be taken to ensure the legislation is imposed fairly and evenly across the EU.

"An EUTR enforcement group has been registered and will have regular meetings," he explained. 

"The regulation will also be taken up by a task force, including EC representatives, which will work with countries to increase implementation efficiency."

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