What is the EU Timber Regulation?
The EU Timber Regulation aims to reduce illegal logging by ensuring that no illegal timber or timber products can be sold in the EU. It was created as part of the EU's FLEGT Action Plan.
The EU Timber Regulation came into force on 3 March 2013. It prohibits operators in Europe from placing illegally harvested timber and products derived from illegal timber on the EU market. ‘Legal' timber is defined as timber produced in compliance with the laws of the country where it is harvested.
The regulation applies to timber and a wide range of timber products, including pulp and paper. It sets out three main requirements for operators in Europe that place timber or timber products on the EU market for the first time.
The European Commission has useful information on the Timber Regulation intended for European operators, traders and timber associations. This includes answers to the following questions:
- Why do we need a new law?
- What does the law say?
- Who is affected?
- How is it applied?
Frequently asked questions
The EU FLEGT Facility has produced useful questions and answers on the EU Timber Regulation:
The EU Timber Regulation is available in all official EU languages. The Regulation text is also available in several other languages including Chinese, Indonesian, Japanese, Lao, Thai and Vietnamese. Only the versions in the official EU languages have legal value in the EU. Other translations do not constitute official translations and are for information purposes only.
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- Official publication of the Regulation on 12 November 2010
- European Commission press release, 3 December 2010 (EN FR ES)
- The Regulation on the Directorate General for the Environment website