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Parliamentary question - P-000973/2022(ASW)Parliamentary question

Answer given by Ms McGuinness on behalf of the European Commission

1. The scope of EU economic sanctions on Belarus affecting the wood sector are laid out in Article 1o of Council Regulation (EC) No 765/2006 concerning restrictive measures in view of the situation in Belarus, as amended by Council Regulation (EU) 2022/355 of 2 March 2022[1]. The products subject to import ban are listed in Annex X of the abovementioned Regulation: it includes ‘wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal’ of Chapter 44 of the Combined Nomenclature (CN)[2]. Wooden furniture and parts of CN Chapter 94 are not covered. Wood and wood products when used exclusively for packaging or dispatch/transport purposes (e.g. wooden pallets, wooden packaging boxes) are also not subject to the restrictive measures.

2. On 8 April 2022, the Council imposed further additional import restrictions on certain goods from Russia, including an import ban and an export ban. The scope of these economic sanctions on Russia are laid out in Articles 3i and 3k of Council Regulation (EU) No 833/2014, as amended by Regulation (EU) 2022/576[3]. The products subject to an import ban are listed in Annex XXI of the abovementioned Regulation[4]. The products subject to an export ban include certain types of wood, paper and furniture and are listed in Annex XXIII of the abovementioned Regulation.

3. Certification systems like that of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) are managed by private organisations, whose members can be individuals and private entities. The Commission is not involved in decisions concerning membership of certification schemes. However, according to the latest information received, it appears that the FSC has decided to suspend all trading certificates in Russia and Belarus and to block all controlled wood sourcing from the two countries[5].

Last updated: 10 May 2022
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