Today is the two-year anniversary of the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR). It came into force on 3rd March 2013, designed to tackle deforestation around the world by preventing illegal timber being sold in the EU.
In the last year, there have been many developments in the implementation and enforcement of the EUTR. This includes the UK checking several companies trading in Chinese plywood for compliance with the law, and the seizure of wood in Belgium.
At the same time, more EU countries introduced legislation on penalties for breaching the EUTR, and the European Commission began working with member states that have not yet fully implemented the anti illegal logging law.
For more information, read the first of our regular news updates on the EU Timber Regulation.