Illegal logging is the harvesting of wood in violation of national laws. The EU has two key legal acts to fight illegal logging:

  • the forest law enforcement, governance and trade regulation (FLEGT)
  • the EU timber regulation (EUTR)

This year, the EU Commission launched a public consultation to examine how these regulations have worked – how effective, efficient, relevant and consistent they are.

FSC has replied to the EU questionnaire, and shared evidence stressing the complementary role that robust forest certification schemes with multi-stakeholder platform and third party auditing have in mitigating risks of illegal timber being placed across the EU market.

For more info on this topic, please contact Matteo Mascolo, FSC's EU advocacy manager, at: