News from Liberia
EU-Liberia announce VPA to ensure legal timber exports to European markets
EU and the Government of Liberia announced a Voluntary Partnership Agreement on May 9th, 2011. The full press release of this 6th VPA is available here.
The Liberia-EU Voluntary Partnership Agreement has involved more than two years of formal negotiations. The Liberian negotiating position was developed through a participatory process that involved a number of government ministries as well as representatives from forest communities, civil society and the private sector.
From March 2013, the EU Timber Regulation will come into effect, requiring all companies placing timber on the EU market to demonstrate that they are purchasing legally harvested timber. Through the VPA, Liberia will be issuing FLEGT licenses which meet this requirement.
A Briefing Note to inform the public about the VPA has been prepared by European and Liberian experts in English.