On 5 November, a study published by the EU Parliament Research Service aims at gaining deeper insights into the legal aspects of illegal logging and related trade in illegally harvested timber and timber products.  It analyses the legal requirements and their implications for various actors in the EU and in third countries, examines the disparities in enforcement and penalties regimes in Member States and analyses their role in trade diversion, explores the possibility for strengthening the timber regime by broadening its scope and tackling underlying issues such as corruption and human rights violations, and assesses the external dimension, specifically focusing on the Voluntary Partnership Agreements with major producers’ countries.


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Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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