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VPA implementation in Indonesia continues to advance

The EU and Indonesia agreed a draft action plan for the ongoing implementation of their VPA during a meeting in Jakarta in late November. The action plan is based on findings from the first phase of an independent evaluation of Indonesia's timber legality assurance system, known as SVLK, conducted in 2013. The action plan describes planned improvements to SVLK regulations, amendments to VPA annexes, development of new legislation and capacity building.

Preparations to ratify the Indonesian–EU VPA are ongoing. The International Trade Committee of the EU Parliament is reviewing the treaty while the Indonesian President's office is preparing for its ratification by the national legislature.