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Independent evaluation of Indonesia’s legality assurance system gets underway

The independent evaluation of Indonesia’s timber legality assurance system (known as the SVLK) was officially launched on 16 April.

EU FLEGT Facility News released

The February and March 2013 issue of the EU FLEGT Facility newsletter has been released in English, French and Spanish.

Thailand formally requests VPA negotiations with the EU

The Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs has officially requested the commencement of negotiations of a Voluntary Partnership Agreement with the EU.

VPA negotiations in DRC focus on legality definition

As negotiations continue for a VPA between the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the EU, the teams are holding monthly video-conference meetings to discuss annexes to the bilateral agreement.

5th Joint Experts Meeting held in Malaysia

The Government of Malaysia and the EU met for the fifth Joint Experts Meeting (JEM 5) in Malaysia from 12 to 14 March to discuss technical details of the Voluntary Partnership Agreement.

Côte d'Ivoire and the EU start negotiations on a Voluntary Partnership Agreement

The VPA will help ensure that only timber verified to be legal under Côte d'Ivoire law can be exported to the EU.

Summary of the recent illegal logging meeting at Chatham House available

The 21st Illegal Logging Stakeholder Consultation and Update Meeting was held at Chatham House on 7 and 8 February 2013, bringing together around 250 representatives from government, civil society...

The Republic of Congo and the EU completed the ratification of the Voluntary Partnership Agreement

The Republic of Congo and the EU completed the ratification of the Voluntary Partnership Agreement on 19 February 2013. The Agreement entered into force on 1 March 2013.

Lessons learned from Liberia's timber tracking system

PROFOR, the Program on Forests, has summarised the achievements and lessons learned from the PROFOR project that assisted the development of Liberfor, Liberia’s chain of custody system.

Priorities set for VPA implementation in Cameroon

The implementation of the Voluntary Partnership Agreement in Cameroon is underway, with Cameroon and EU stakeholders considering the top priorities for 2013.

Countdown to the EU Timber Regulation

On 3 March 2013, the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) comes into force to stop the distribution of illegally logged timber in the European Union.

EU FAO FLEGT Programme issues a call for project proposals

The EU FAO FLEGT Programme issued a call for project proposals on 1 March 2013. Organisations and institutions in countries negotiating or implementing a Voluntary Partnership Agreement are...

Meetings and workshops held in Vietnam to support VPA progress

A recent series of meetings and workshops held in Vietnam demonstrates progress in the country’s Voluntary Partnership Agreement process.

EU FLEGT Facility News released

The 17th issue of the EU FLEGT Facility newsletter has been released in English, French and Spanish. Click here to subscribe to our bimonthly newsletter.

Final report of the 7th FLEGT annual coordination meeting

The final report of the 7th FLEGT annual coordination meeting, which took place on 25-27 April 2012, is now available.

Clarification on EU-Indonesia timber trade regulations

Letter to the editor written by Julian Wilson, Ambassador and Head of the EU Delegation in Indonesia, published on The Jakarta Post on 9 February.

Asia Pulp and Paper changes timber sourcing policy

APP announced its commitment to an immediate halt to clearing natural forest in Indonesia in a 5 February press release.

4th Joint Expert Meeting held in Malaysia

The fourth Joint Expert Meeting between the EU, represented by EFI, and the Government of Malaysia was held in Sabah in late January to advance the technical details of the VPA with Malaysia.

EFI publishes the Governance Research Agenda for FLEGT

The Governance Research Agenda for FLEGT, whose purpose is to support the aims of the EU FLEGT Action Plan, is now available.

Honduras holds the first round of negotiations on its Voluntary Partnership Agreement with the EU

The first Voluntary Partnership Agreement negotiation session between Honduras and the European Union was held 22–24 January 2013 in the capital Tegucigalpa.