The Malta-EU Steering and Action Committee (MEUSAC), together with the Agriculture Directorate (AD) within the Ministry for Sustainable Development, the Environment and Climate Change (MSDEC); organised a consultation session on the Implementation of:
• Regulation (EU) No 995/2010 of the European Parliament of the Council of 20 October 2010 laying down the obligations of operators who place timber and timber products on the market; and
• Council Regulation (EC) No 2173/2005 of 20 December 2005 on the establishment of a FLEGT licensing scheme for imports of timber into the European Community.
This consultation session dealt with the European Union’s policy to fight illegal logging and improve governance in the forest sector since this is a major priority for environmental protection and transparency in trade. In this context, the EU Action Plan on Forest Law Enforcement, Governance, and Trade (FLEGT) was passed in October 2003 and is the first comprehensive attempt of the EU to ensure that all wood imports come from legal wood harvesting. The Action Plan blends measures in producer and consumer countries to facilitate trade in legal timber, and eliminate illegal timber from trade with the EU.
The consultation session was held on February 4, 2015 at the MEUSAC offices in Valletta.