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Consultation on the evaluation of the EU Timber Regulation two years after its entry into application

Policy field(s)


Environment; Forests

Target group(s)


All stakeholders are welcome to contribute to this consultation. Member States authorities, Non-governmental Organisations, Private Organisations, Industry Associations, SMEs, Consultancies, Operators and Traders; Monitoring Organisations, other relevant stakeholders and Citizens (inside and outside of the European Union).

Period of consultation


                        From 15.04.2015  to 03.07.2015

Objective of the consultation



The objective of this consultation is to gain stakeholder and public input regarding a review of Regulation (EU) 995/2010 (the EU Timber Regulation; the EUTR). The review will provide essential elements for the mandatory report to be submitted by the Commission by 3 December 2015 to the European Parliament and the Council. The report may be accompanied, if necessary, by appropriate legislative proposals.

The objective of the EU Timber Regulation is to fight the pervasive problem of illegal logging and associated trade within the EU and internationally through regulating the behaviour on the internal market of "operators" (those who first place timber products on the EU market) and "traders" (those further down the supply chain who do not qualify as "operators").

The EUTR establishes a prohibition on the placing on the EU market of illegally harvested timber. It also requires "operators" to exercise “due diligence” to minimise the risk of illegally harvested timber entering their supply chain. According to the Regulation ‘illegally harvested’ means harvested in contravention of the applicable legislation in the country of harvest. A “light” obligation exists for EU "traders" to keep records of their suppliers and customers so as to facilitate traceability. The Regulation applies to both domestically produced and imported timber and timber products.

By virtue of Article 20 of the EUTR, the review of the EUTR shall assess the functioning and effectiveness of the Regulation, including in preventing illegally harvested timber or timber products derived from such timber being placed on the market. It shall in particular consider the administrative consequences for small and medium-sized enterprises and product coverage. It shall include an evaluation of the current Union economic and trade situation with regard to the products listed under Chapter 49 of the Combined Nomenclature (printed paper), taking particularly into account the competitiveness of the relevant sectors, in order to consider their possible inclusion in the list of timber and timber products set out in the Annex to this Regulation.

The review shall also include an assessment of the effectiveness of the prohibition of the placing on the market of illegally harvested timber and timber products derived from such timber as set out in Article 4(1) of the EUTR as well as of the due diligence systems set out in Article 6 of the EUTR.

The Commission shall have regard to the progress made in respect of the conclusion and operation of the FLEGT VPAs pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 2173/2005 and their contribution to minimising the presence of illegally harvested timber and timber products derived from such timber on the internal market.

We invite comments on all the questions directly raised and any other reflections which respondents may have.

How to submit your contribution


The consultation document is an online survey.
In the interests of transparency, organisations (including, for example, NGOs, trade associations and commercial enterprises) are invited to provide the public with relevant information about themselves by registering in the Transparency Register and subscribing to its Code of Conduct. Please refer to the relevant section in the consultation questionnaire for additional information.
Received contributions will be published on the Internet. It is important to read the specific privacy statement attached to this consultation for information on how your personal data and contribution will be dealt with.

View the questionnaire

Reference documents


Regulation (EU) 995/2010

Commission implementing Regulation (EU) No 607/2012 of 6 July 2012 on the detailed rules concerning the due diligence system and the frequency and nature of the checks on monitoring organisations as provided for in Regulation (EU) No 995/2010 of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down the obligations of operators who place timber and timber products on the market.

Commission delegated Regulation of 23/2/2012 on the procedural rules for the recognition and withdrawal of recognition of monitoring organisations as provided for in Regulation (EU) No 995/2010 of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down the obligations of operators who place timber and timber products on the market.

Guidance document on the EU "Timber Regulation" was amended. The definition of "placing on the market" was revised by the FLEGT committee to enable a more clear, logical and consistent identification of operators.

Contact details


responsible service

European Commission
Directorate-General for the Environment
Unit E2 "Global Sustainability, Trade and Multilateral Agreements"




postal address

Directorate-General for the Environment,
European Commission,
Avenue de Beaulieu 5,
1160 Auderghem,

Number of responses received to this consultation



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Contributors were informed that their identification data would not be made publicly available.

Results of consultation and next steps


The results of the consultation are being analysed and will contribute to the report on the EU Timber Regulation to be submitted by the European Commission to the European Parliament and the Council two years after its entry into application.

Protection of personal data

Specific privacy statement