The EU Timber Regulation
The EU Timber Regulation aims to reduce illegal logging by ensuring that no illegal timber or timber products can be sold in the EU. It was created as part of the EU's FLEGT Action Plan.
The EU Timber Regulation came into force on 3 March 2013. It prohibits operators in Europe from placing illegally harvested timber and products derived from illegal timber on the EU market. ‘Legal' timber is defined as timber produced in compliance with the laws of the country where it is harvested.
- The Regulation on the Directorate General for the Environment website
- Nominated competent authorities for implementation of the regulation EU 2173/2005 (FLEGT Regulation)
- Official publication of the Regulation on 12 November 2010
- European Commission press release, 3 December 2010 (EN FR ES)
Download publications and materials
- Training material on the EU Timber Regulation and FLEGT
- FAQ: Importing and exporting (CH EN ES FR VIE)
- FAQ: Due diligence, certification and enforcement of the EUTR (CH EN ES FR VIE)
- Sources of information on the EU Timber Regulation (EN FR)
- Fact sheet on FLEGT-licensed timber (EN ES FR)
- Fact sheet on how the EU Timber Regulation and Voluntary Partnership Agreements work together to combat illegal logging and improve forest governance (EN FR CH)
- All you need to know about the US Lacey Act, the EU Timber Regulation and the Australian Illegal Logging Prohibition Act 2012 (EN ES FR)