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Parliamentary questions
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12 June 2019
Answer given by Mr Vella on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: P-001789/2019

Member States, through the designated EU ‘Timber Regulation’ (EUTR)(1) competent authorities are responsible for EUTR enforcement. The competent authorities carry out risk-based checks at frequent intervals on operators’ compliance with the EUTR and conduct additional checks in response to new information, such as substantiated concerns like the recent Environmental Impact Assessment report(2).

The Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT)/EUTR Expert Group continually evaluates the situation in Myanmar and makes relevant conclusions(3).

The alleged volume of 77 199 tons of teak from Myanmar exported to the EU cannot be confirmed, as import data do not distinguish between all tree species.(4)

The Commission takes all necessary measures to ensure the effective and uniform application of the EUTR by Member States and otherwise to combat the placing of illegally harvested wood on the EU market. Furthermore, the Commission facilitates communication and helps approximate enforcement approaches between competent authorities at expert group meetings and through the competent authorities’ communication platform. The Commission tool TAIEX Environmental Implementation Review Peer 2 Peer(5) provides additional opportunities to support Member States in sharing expertise and lessons learned.

The Commission is also assessing the situation and holding bilateral dialogues with Italy and several other Member States on the EUTR’s implementation and may take further action, as appropriate.

(2)https://eia-international.org/wp-content/uploads/EIA-report-State-of-Corruption.pdf, circulated by the Commission to all competent authorities.
(4)According to Eurostat data (https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/web/forestry/data/main-tables) the tropical wood imports to the EU in 2017 were 20.503.394 tonnes from all countries of the world.

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