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Honduras and the EU complete the fifth round of VPA negotiations

Honduras and the EU complete the fifth round of VPA negotiations

 

EU and the Honduran government alongside indigenous representatives

EU and the Honduran government alongside indigenous representatives. From left to right: Domingo López Álvarez, CONPAH, Veronique Lorenzo, EU, Donaldo Allen, CONPAH, Misael León, ICF, Lluís Riera, EU, Edgardo Benítez, CONPAH and Artly Brooks, CONPAH. 

 

Tegucigalpa, 20 April 2016

Today marked the end of the fifth round of negotiations between Honduras and the EU of a Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) aimed at addressing the illegal trade of timber. Once signed, this agreement will commit both parties to ensure that only legal timber from Honduras can be imported into the EU market.

The fifth round of negotiations opened on 18 April, and after three days of discussions, important progress has been made on matters such as the development of a system that can ensure the legality of timber produced in Honduras. The parties have also agreed on matters related to transparency, the establishment of a committee to oversee the implementation of the agreement and the setting up of an independent audit mechanism.

A broad range of forest-sector stakeholders from Honduras participated in the negotiations These include representatives from the private sector, civil society organisations, local agro-forestry organisations and indigenous peoples groups.

At the end of the negotiations, both parties issued a joint press release (in Spanish) and expressed their willingness to sign the VPA before the end of 2016.

Click here to download the aide-memoire (in Spanish) from the fifth round of negotiations.