Indufor will support the European Commission in the implementation of the EU Timber Regulation. The work will concentrate mainly on the assessment of applications of monitoring organisations and helping the Commission in its reporting duties. The work is foreseen to be completed by the end of 2015 and is carried out in cooperation with a UK-based team of technical experts, Efeca, and the Department of Land, Agriculture, Environment and Forestry of University of Padova, Italy.
The EU aims to prevent use of illegally produced wood in its territory. This policy was defined in 2003 with the Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan setting out a process and measures to restrict illegal logging and associated trade both on the demand and supply sides. In October 2010, the EU supplemented the demand side measures by issuing Regulation (EU) No 995/2010 laying down the obligations of operators who place timber and timber products on the market (the EU Timber Regulation, EUTR). The EUTR prohibits the placing on the market of illegally harvested timber or timber products derived from such timber. It has been effective as of 3 March 2013.
Additional guidelines for the implementation of the EUTR are presented in non-legislative acts: the Commission delegated Regulation (EU) 336/20123, and the Commission implementing Regulation (EU) 607/20124. Furthermore, the European Commission has elaborated, in close collaboration with the Member States, a guidance document on the EUTR, where specific aspects of the Regulation are clarified.
Indufor was selected as a service provider through a competitive bidding process to support the Commission in its duties defined by the EUTR. Indufor has subcontracted two organisations as its partners in the service delivery. Efeca, a UK-based team of technical experts, as well as the Department of Land, Agriculture, Environment and Forestry of University of Padova in Italy are both experienced in issues related sustainable trade and use of natural resources. The Indufor led consortium possesses high level of relevant expertise complemented by a wide geographical and language coverage to carry out the work that will cover all the EU Member States.
As the service provider, the consortium will help the Commission in assessing applications for monitoring organisations. In addition, we will perform a detailed analysis of the Member States’ biennial reports especially looking into the current implementation and enforcement of the EUTR. This will feed into the Commission’s report to be submitted to the European Parliament and to the Council every two years. Furthermore, the consortium will analyse additional information retrieved from a variety of relevant stakeholders and databases and make specific recommendations concerning the impact, effectiveness and efficiency of the EUTR. This, in turn, will feed into review carried out by the Commission by 3 December 2015 and every six years thereafter.