News from Vietnam
VPA negotiations Vietnam
Several activities focussing on stakeholder dialogue and Timber Legality Assurance System (TLAS) design will take place in 2012, in the context of the ongoing VPA negotiations.
A videoconference between EU and Vietnamese negotiators was in January, providing an opportunity to review comments provided by 20 Vietnamese stakeholders on the fourth draft of the legality definition. The parties also discussed plans to supporting stakeholder consultation to broaden and strengthen civil society participation in the VPA preparation process. Tentative plans were also agreed for a study tour to Indonesia and a workshop, both in March and aimed at informing further development of the nascent TLAS.