Cepi position on the upcoming European Commission legislative proposal on minimising the risk of deforestation and forest degradation associated with commodities and products placed on the EU market

Nov 30, 2020


  1. Focus on commodities and products that are not under EU legislation addressing
    deforestation and have the most impact on global deforestation and forest degradation;
  2. Use the definitions of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations
    when it comes to deforestation, forest degradation as well as forests in general and apply
    cut-off date applicable whenthe regulatory framework enters into force;
  3. For wood-based products, the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) and market-based, thirdparty verified certification systems, which are widely used by the wood sector, sufficiently
    address the risk of deforestation caused by timber entering the EU market. The EUTR
    product scope should be expanded to e.g. printed products and enforcement and
    recognition of forest certification in risk assessment harmonised.

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