Vietnam VPA negotiations: moving forward on TLAS design

In July Vietnam shared its draft of a core element of the VPA, the timber legality assurance system (TLAS), with the EU and invited comments. A description of the TLAS is to be included as an annex to the Vietnam–EU VPA. This annex details technical information on the timber legality verification mechanisms and the timber supply chain controls that Vietnam intends to implement once the VPA is initialled.

The TLAS annex is one of 10 draft annexes to the VPA prepared by Vietnam which will be discussed during the next joint expert meeting scheduled to take place in Hanoi late in 2014. In discussing the TLAS, Vietnam and the EU will consider the reliability of the technical solutions proposed.