Voluntary Partnership Agreements

A Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) is a legally binding trade agreement between the European Union and a timber-producing country outside the EU.
 
The purpose of a VPA is to en­sure that timber and timber products exported to the EU come from legal sources. The agreements also help timber-exporting countries stop illegal logging by improving regulation and governance of the forest sector.

VPA partner countries

Six countries have signed a VPA with the EU and are currently developing the systems needed to control, verify and license legal timber. These countries are known as ‘VPA partner countries'.

Nine more countries are in negotiations with the EU. Another eleven countries in Africa, Asia and Central and South America have expressed an interest in VPAs.

 
 
 
 
 
 
Informing:
Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Peru, Philippines, Cambodia, Myanmar/Burma, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Sierra Leone
 
 
European Union
 






Progress in Voluntary Partnership Agreements



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bolivia
 
 
Colombia
 
 
Cambodia
 
 
Ecuador
 
 
Guatemala
 
 
Myanmar/Burma
 
 
Papua New Guinea
 
 
Peru
 
 
Philippines
 
 
Sierra Leone
 
 
Solomon Islands
 
 
FLEGT licensig
phase 5
texto
Preparing to negotiate
phase 2
  •  
Informing
phase 1
  • Bolivia
  • Colombia
  • Cambodia
  • Ecuador
  • Guatemala
  • Myanmar/Burma
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Peru
  • Sierra Leone
  • Solomon Islands







More information: FLEGT briefing notes

What is FLEGT? (CH EN FR NL TH)

What is legal timber? (CH EN FR NL TH)

A timber legality assurance system (CH EN FRNL TH)

Control of the supply chain (CH EN FR NL TH)

Legality assurance systems: requirements for verification (CH EN FR NL TH)

What is a VPA? (EN ES FR IND)

Guidelines for independent monitoring (EN FRNL TH)