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Democratic Republic of the Congo drafts legality definition

Since the DRC and EU resumed VPA negotiations in May 2012, the VPA Technical Committee in DRC has been focusing on revising its draft legality definition for industrial forest concessions. Since August this year, the Technical Committee has been working with technical assistance to ensure that this legality definition serves as a practical basis for a functioning timber legality assurance system. During the last joint technical session, held 1 October, the two parties validated the first two of the six principles of the legality definition.