The EU intensified its collaboration with other consumer and processing countries. With China, the EU established a Bilateral Coordination Mechanism (BCM) on Forest Law Enforcement and Governance (FLEG) in 2009, following an EU-China Forest Law Enforcement and Governance conference in Beijing in 2007. Through the BCM, the EU and China work together to stop illegal logging and the associated trade in illegal timber globally. Under the BCM, China and the EU meet each year to share information on policy, discuss areas of mutual interest and agree on annual work plans (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019) that contribute to the policy objectives of the BCM. The EU Member States closely coordinate their work on forest law enforcement, governance and trade (FLEGT) with the European Commission to ensure it supports the BCM objectives. The BCM frames an integrated set of activities which are carried out through the annual work plans, such as supporting the setting up of new legislation in China by facilitating policy dialogues on the promotion of legally-sourced timber and timber products and information exchange between China, the EU and countries negotiating or implementing FLEGT Voluntary Partnership Agreements; supporting the further development of the Chinese Timber Legality Verification System, taking into consideration the experience of the EU with the EU Timber Regulation and the experience of the VPA countries; working on a China-Indonesia-EU trilateral dialogue on stopping the trade in illegal timber and timber products; or establishing a China-Africa dialogue on forest governance.
Signature of the EU and China Bilateral Coordination Mechanism Agreement
in Brussels on 30 January 2009