Republic of the Congo and the EU advance on VPA implementation
The Republic of the Congo and the European Union held the second meeting of the Joint Implementation Committee (JIC) in Brazzaville on 6 and 7 May. The discussions followed up on recent progress that will help foster the implementation of the agreement after a failed timber legality assurance system (TLAS) software development project had slowed down the process for more than a year. Some of the implementation priorities identified for 2015 are the preparation of the national deployment of a TLAS, the recognition process of private certification schemes, and the reinforcement of communication activities.
The next JIC meeting will be held on 18 and 19 November 2015.