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Proposal for a Regulation on deforestation-free products

On 17 November 2021, the European Commission adopted a Proposal (and its Annexes) for a Regulation to curb EU-driven deforestation and forest degradation. It aims to guarantee that the products that EU citizens consume on the EU market do not contribute to deforestation and forest degradation within the EU and globally. The main driver of these processes is the expansion of agricultural land, which is linked to the production of commodities such as soy, beef, palm oil, wood, cocoa and coffee. European citizens supported EU action to tackle deforestation and forest degradation with 1.2 million responses to the public consultation launched ahead of this proposal. Before this proposal enters into force, it must be adopted by the European Parliament and the Council.(The documents are only available in English for the time being but translations into all the other EU languages are underway and will be uploaded as soon as available.)

The proposal for a deforestation Regulation aims to

  • guarantee to EU citizens that the listed products they buy, use and consume do not contribute to global deforestation and forest degradation
  • reduce carbon emissions to the atmosphere due to EU consumption and production of the relevant commodities by at least 32 million metric tons a year
  • address any deforestation – not just illegal – driven by agricultural expansion to produce the commodities in the scope of the regulation, as well as forest degradation.

By promoting the consumption of ‘deforestation-free’ products and reducing the EU’s impact on global deforestation and forest degradation, the new rules are expected to bring down greenhouse gas emissions and biodiversity loss. The proposal is part of a broader plan of actions to tackle deforestation and forest degradation first outlined in the 2019 Commission Communication on Stepping up EU Action to Protect and Restore the World’s Forests. This commitment was later confirmed by the European Green Deal, the EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030 and the Farm to Fork Strategy.

Find out more in the Press Release, Questions and Answers and Factsheet.

Relevant background documents:

Impact Assessment “Minimising the risk of deforestation and forest degradation associated with products placed on the EU market”:

Fitness Check on the EU Timber Regulation and the FLEGT Regulation: