The Republic of the Congo and the EU review progress towards VPA implementation
The Republic of the Congo and the European Union held the third meeting of the Joint Implementation Committee (JIC) in Brazzaville on 25 and 26 November. The JIC discussed issues related to VPA implementation including:
- Finalising legality verification procedures.
- Developing procedures for handling non-compliances with the legality assurance system.
- Progressing the timber legality and traceability information system (Système Informatique de Vérification de la Légalité des bois et produits dérivés en République du Congo) that has been in development since July 2015.
A more detailed report on the JIC meeting is available in French in the aide-memoire. The next JIC meeting is planned for 11 and 12 May 2016.