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Draft Federal Act on the Protection of the Environment of 7 October 1983 (EPA, SR 814.01) ; 24 pages for the explanatory report, 3 pages for the draft of the new legal provision, available in German, French and Italian

Notification Number: 2019/9502/CH (Switzerland)
Date received: 12/04/2019
End of Standstill: 15/07/2019

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Message 901

Communication from the Commission - TRIS/(2019) 01073
Procedure for the provision of information EC - EFTA

Notificación - Oznámení - Notifikation - Notifizierung - Teavitamine - Γνωστοποίηση - Notification - Notification - Notifica - Pieteikums - Pranešimas - Bejelentés - Notifika - Kennisgeving - Zawiadomienie - Notificação - Hlásenie-Obvestilo - Ilmoitus - Anmälan - Нотификация : 2019/9502/CH - Notificare.

No abre el plazo - Nezahajuje odklady - Fristerne indledes ikke - Kein Fristbeginn - Viivituste perioodi ei avata - Καμμία έναρξη προθεσμίας - Does not open the delays - N'ouvre pas de délais - Non fa decorrere la mora - Neietekmē atlikšanu - Atidėjimai nepradedami - Nem nyitja meg a késéseket - Ma’ jiftaħx il-perijodi ta’ dawmien - Geen termijnbegin - Nie otwiera opóźnień - Não inicia o prazo - Neotvorí oneskorenia - Ne uvaja zamud - Määräaika ei ala tästä - Inleder ingen frist - Не се предвижда период на прекъсване - Nu deschide perioadele de stagnare - Nu deschide perioadele de stagnare.

(MSG: 201901073.EN)

1. Structured Information Line
MSG 901 IND 2019 9502 CH EN 12-04-2019 CH NOTIF


2. Member State
CH


3. Department Responsible
State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO
Holzikofenweg 36
CH-3003 Berne
tbt@seco.admin.ch, www.seco.admin.ch


3. Originating Department
Federal Office for the Environment FOEN


4. Notification Number
2019/9502/CH - X00M


5. Title
Draft Federal Act on the Protection of the Environment of 7 October 1983 (EPA, SR 814.01) ; 24 pages for the explanatory report, 3 pages for the draft of the new legal provision, available in German, French and Italian


6. Products Concerned
Timber and timber products, notably HS 4401, 4403, 4006, 4407, 4408, 4409, 4410, 4411, 4412, 441300, 441400, 4415 (Not packing material used exclusively as packing material to support, protect or carry another product placed on the market), 441600, 4418, Pulp and paper of Chapters 47 and 48 of the Combined Nomenclature, with the exception of bamboo-based and recovered (waste and scrap) products, 9403 30, 9403 40, 9403 50, 9403 60, 9403 90, 9406


7. Notification Under Another Act
-


8. Main Content
Creation of a legal framework for the rapid implementation in Switzerland of regulations equivalent to the EUTR (Regulation (EU) No 995/2010 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 October 2010 laying down the obligations of operators who place timber and timber products on the market (Text with EEA relevance), in order to ban the import of illegally harvested timber.
The draft law provides that only legally harvested and marketed timber may be placed on the market in Switzerland. Operators placing wood on the market for the first time will have to exercise due diligence. As part of a risk assessment, information on wood species and country of origin should be provided. Also, Measures have to be taken to reduce the risk of placing illegally harvested timber on the market. Documentation proving the legality of forest exploitation in the country of origin and information on how the wood is processed, for example, should be provided.
The traceability of wood bought or sold must also be guaranteed. A specialised service will be responsible for monitoring the measures at the national level. The task of the monitoring organisations approved by the Confederation will be to support and monitor compliance with the due diligence system in cooperation with market participants.


9. Brief Statement of Grounds
The proposed ban on the import of illegally harvested timber contributes to the protection of forests around the world and their sustainable use. Forests prevent desertification and soil erosion and limit weather-related damage, especially flood damage. Their protection has a positive impact on biodiversity conservation. The regulation also aims to eliminate barriers to trade affecting Swiss companies in their commercial activities with the EU.


10. Reference Documents - Basic Texts
References of the Basic Texts: Proposed amendments to the Federal Act on the Protection of the Environment of 7 October 1983 (EPA, SR 814.01):
•https://www.bafu.admin.ch/bafu/de/home/dokumentation/medienmitteilungen/anzeige-nsb-unter-medienmitteilungen.msg-id-73266.html (German)
•https://www.bafu.admin.ch/bafu/fr/home/documentation/communique/anzeige-nsb-unter-medienmitteilungen.msg-id-73266.html (French)
•https://www.bafu.admin.ch/bafu/it/home/documentazione/comunicati/anzeige-nsb-unter-medienmitteilungen.msg-id-73266.html (Italian)

See also:

Federal Act on the Protection of the Environment of 7 October 1983 (EPA, SR 814.01)
• https://www.admin.ch/opc/de/classified-compilation/19830267/index.html (German)
• https://www.admin.ch/opc/fr/classified-compilation/19830267/index.html (French)
• https://www.admin.ch/opc/it/classified-compilation/19830267/index.html (Italian)
• https://www.admin.ch/opc/en/classified-compilation/19830267/index.html (in English. English is not an official language of the Swiss Confederation, therefore this translation has no legal force)


11. Invocation of the Emergency Procedure
No


12. Grounds for the Emergency
-


13. Confidentiality
No


14. Fiscal measures
No


15. Impact assessment
-


16. TBT and SPS aspects
TBT aspect

No - The draft has no significant impact on international trade

SPS aspect

No - The draft has no significant impact on international trade



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